Today's Opinions

  • Shootings in gun-free zones

    To the editor:

    Except for two instances, every mass killing in the United States since 1950 has occurred in a gun-free zone. This is the second time for Fort Hood, Texas. When will we wake up and allow people to defend themselves? Remember, when seconds count, your local police are only minutes away.


    John A. Difloure


  • Referendum should be split

    To the editor:

    The referendum to increase the sales tax in Brunswick County addresses two entirely different issues. Most support money for schools in Brunswick County, but why would anyone support paying a greater sales tax for a handful of property owners who expect those of us who do not live on barrier islands to help pay to keep their beaches from eroding away?

  • Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for nation’s children

    By Kevin Concannon


    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

  • Be on the lookout for reasons to laugh

    People constantly complain about the overabundance of bad news all media outlets have to report these days. Frankly, after more than 20 years in this line of work, I get a little tired of it, too. That’s why I’m glad we mention three funny guys in various places in this week’s edition: legendary comedian Bill Cosby, longtime late-night talk show host David Letterman and the incomparable Mel Blanc, who gave voice to Bugs Bunny and most of my other favorite cartoon characters.

  • National Volunteer Week celebrates 40 years

    By Lynn L. Douthett

    April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. This year marks its 40th anniversary, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Service.”

  • A loud 'no'

    To the editor:

  • Understanding the story behind the story

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the members of the Sea Trail Property Owners Association in Sunset Beach. I’ve got to apologize to them, though, for not being a better public speaker (I think I successfully demonstrated why I’m much better at addressing readers from behind a keyboard).

  • Don't legislate animal cruelty

    To the editor:

    Last year, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 930, the puppy mill bill; however, this bill cannot become law until the Senate passes it.

    It is bewildering why our own state senator, veterinarian Bill Rabon, refuses to support it and was quoted as saying, “Angels in heaven cannot make that bill pass.” It should not be legal for humans to subject animals to lives of torture. The ruse of the free market must not be allowed to protect people who practice animal cruelty.