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Today's Opinions

  • Another 'Southern belle's' opinion

    To the editor: Does self-proclaimed southern belle Julie Bryant (letter to the editor, Feb. 14) consider herself the southern belle who always calls before she comes over, never states opinion around the men-folk, and gets her way through re-arranging the truth and manipulation?

    How fondly I remember those ladies as I sat alone in my room every holiday due to the involuntary internment caused by my latest case of “civil disobedience.”

  • More euthanasia changes needed

    To the editor: Thank you, Laura Lewis, for the Feb. 21 article on the proposed euthanasia rules for N.C. animal shelters.

    However, I strongly believe further changes/revisions are necessary for the humane treatment of animals.

    The only method N.C. facilities should be allowed to “put down” any animal is by lethal injection (EBI). Vets only use EBI; they do not use gas chambers for many reasons. Not only is carbon monoxide a horrendous death for the animals (struggling for air in the dark box), but also it is very dangerous for facility employees.

  • Leaders should have to witness animal torture

    To the editor: When are some people going to come into the 21st century? Gas chambers for the helpless, voiceless animals that are also God’s creatures and who have committed “no crime”?

    The “crime” is being committed by the “so-called” officials. What is wrong with these officials who are so very determined to cause pain and suffering to these helpless animals?

  • Holden Beach has improved its meetings

    To the editor: If the only thing that Ed Cabaniss can find to complain about at the Holden Beach commissioners’ meetings is that he feels the mayor talks too much and the commissioners too little, then I must say we’ve come a long way since the days where meetings were dominated with animosity, anger, gavel pounding and threats of police intervention.

    Many of us appreciate the dramatic improvement and now look forward to attending the meetings.

  • Loved ones can never be replaced

    To the editor: Pain never really ends; tears do keep on falling.

    Stacey Summitt Manning is my niece. Her mother, my sister, whom I miss terribly, cannot be reproduced in a little town restaurant serving breakfast. She was much too big for that. She was truly a one of a kind mother, sister, aunt, niece, daughter, granddaughter and friend.

    Life hands us many burdens to carry. We wonder sometimes where God is in all of these burdens. He has handed our family many over the past years.

  • Where are the true Democrats?

    To the editor: As a much younger man, I was greatly inspired by the inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy.

    Among other things, he stated: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    The current crop of presidential candidates, masquerading under the banner of the Democratic Party, has turned his declaration on its head.

  • Sonic booms are a serious problem

    To the editor: The last year or so I have been in contact with Jerry Walters, town manager of Oak Island, concerning sonic booms.

    My first concerns were not seriously accepted as sonic booms, but as Seneca Guns (continental shelf plates shifting). I explained to Mr. Walters that after the sonic boom shook my house, a jet aircraft could be heard off the coast.

    This was not the Seneca Guns but low-flying aircraft.

  • It's time to get off the bench, get into the game

    It’s easy to be vocal about things you don’t like. Whether you’re discussing a current event that has you hot under the collar or complaining about happenings in the world, people, by nature, more easily complain than take charge of things and promote change.