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Today's Opinions

  • Bad news travels fast

    To the editor:

    There is a saying that bad news travels fast, but good news travels slowly (at a snail’s pace). That saying holds true with Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). False stories, debunked days or weeks later, circulate quickly in the news or social media, but a recent survey showed that more than 40 percent of U.S. citizens do not know what key components are included in the ACA.

  • Remember puppy mill bill at ballot box

    To the editor:

    Supporting N.C. businesses is admirable, but supporting businesses that subject innocent dogs to inhumane conditions for profit isn’t moral, nor is it good for North Carolina.

    According to the Department of Agriculture, North Carolina is home to about 250 puppy mills. Why so many? This is one of the few states that have no regulations in place to protect dogs in puppy mills from horrific conditions and painful neglect.

  • It takes a village to write a book — thanks, Brunswick County

    Fourteen years ago, when my husband and I moved here, we brought furniture, clothing, gardening tools, a dog, two cats, and the rough draft of my first novel.

  • March Madness eases spring fever

    It’s officially spring, but it doesn’t quite feel that way yet. People often cite a sprouting crocus or a chirping robin as the first sign spring has sprung. Those have been hard for me to picture as this year’s especially dreary winter and lingering chill transported me back in time to my childhood in Cleveland. This weather isn’t what I expected during my first spring in Brunswick County, and it had me looking to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as the official start of the season.

  • Post-office hell delivers on least heavenly day

    I don’t like to complain — well, maybe I do. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

    The recent day I made one of my rare, debutante appearances at a post office near my home just across the state line was one of those days.

    It was a Tuesday morning — drop-dead newspaper deadline day. I should’ve known better. But I really, really wanted to pick up the package for which I had received notification via a pastel slip the postman had left in my South Carolina mailbox the previous Saturday.

  • Field trip provides look at past, insight into future
  • A little froggy told me

    I heard the first frog of spring croaking just the other night, and it made me wonder if Brunswick County has its own version of the groundhog.

    I’m not from here so last year was the first time I experienced the chorus of burping that drowned out everything that I was used to hearing on a Brunswick County night.

    I can’t say I’ve adjusted to the sound yet or that I was anticipating it, but this one particular frog had decided it would announce winter was over.

  • G-Man prepares for his twilight years

    My dear spouse, Penny, recently suggested I write my obituary. It followed a detailed discussion about burial versus reducing our remains to ashes. Her 94-year-old father’s wishes are clear, so she thinks we ought to follow suit. Time is growing short, seeing how she is turning a trim 70 and I a geezerly 76.

    Nationally, the average life span is 78.6 years. In Brunswick County, residents 65 and older account for 24.3 percent of the population. My spouse and I are not alone in the need to lay some important groundwork regarding the quality of our futures.