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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • It's a dog's life

    A man in Toronto, Canada, offered a $15,000 reward for the return of his chocolate Labrador retriever.

    “There isn’t any sum of money that I would associate with him,” said Bert Clark, quoted in the Toronto Star. “Life isn’t about money — it’s about the connection you make with other souls. Huckleberry was like my soulmate.”

    A woman in Land O’Lakes, Fla., spent $4,200 on a pacemaker for her 10-year-old pug, a breed that has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

  • Sometimes solace can come in the most unlikely of places

    Growing up, a little “mom and pop” restaurant was a favorite among locals in my hometown. The greasy spoon—Tom Pig’s—attracted construction workers on lunch breaks, families on a budget and local government officials wanting to rub elbows with Average Joes while getting a good bite of food in a down-home atmosphere.

    Located off the main drag downtown, the restaurant was my mother’s favorite place for breakfast—a place she dragged me to often as a kid.

  • Academy students make Valentine's Day special for all

    I spent Valentine’s Day with the occupational course of study students at Brunswick County Academy. I can honestly say it was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had.

    The students were operating The Bakin’ and Makin’ Shoppe as part of their diploma requirements. The students must spend 900 hours outside the classroom gaining work experience and operating a student-run business.

    These students have turned into talented chefs and bakers and savvy entrepreneurs.

  • Marine ceremony a humbling experience

    I have been humbled many times in the presence of service men and women.

    There’s nothing like knowing the person standing in front of you has committed to risk his or her life to protect your life, your freedom, and everything else we, as Americans, hold dear.

    I love hearing stories about people approaching service men and women in airports, simply to say “thank-you.”