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Today's Opinions

  • Law enforcement weekend a reminder about who's really laboring

    It had been a long, crazy-quilt week. I was tired. I still had unfinished chores to do at home.

    And I’m sure, given back this time slot at 9 p.m. Friday to be “free” instead of “working,” I’d be at home scrubbing floors, weeding out clutter and straightening closets instead of tuned into cyberspace, “20/20” and “World’s Dumbest.” We’ll never know for absolute sure.

  • Protect pets and people from deadly diseases

    Rabies is well documented here in Brunswick County. So far this year we have had four confirmed cases of animals with this disease.
    Most recently a bobcat went after a dog and a man in Oak Island. The man was able to kill the bobcat with a tire iron. Luckily the man and dog weren’t hurt.
    There have been three other confirmed cases in the county, including a raccoon that attacked a dog in Supply. The dog, which was not vaccinated against rabies, had to be put down. A fox also attacked people in Oak Island earlier this year.

  • Writers reflect progress

    To the editor:
    The opinion article by John Heidke, “Some police and citizens do well without any guns,” and Dr. Ernie Ward’s column, “It’s time to ban North Carolina puppy mills,” show how much progress is being made here lately.
    Thanks to both writers for reminding us it is getting better every day.
    Carol Weaver
    Ocean Isle Beach
     

  • Glimpses of heaven and hell

    To the editor:
    I read two books recently that carried a powerful 1-2 punch.
    In the first book, “23 Minutes in Hell,” author Bill Wiese describes in vivid detail the intense heat, terrible thirst, horrid stench, merciless demons, fearsome darkness, absolute evil, and complete hopelessness of knowing there will never be a way out.
    Although very skeptical at the beginning, I was convinced by Wiese he had really taken this horrendous 23-minute journey. His experience can be accessed on youtube.com.

  • Proper ID shouldn’t pose a problem

    To the editor:
    I would like to know what all the fuss is about for wanting everyone to vote legitimately by showing proper ID and residency to vote.
    The vast majority of people who are involved with these issues are poor, elderly and the folks who cannot for some reason earn a living.

  • Thanks for helping church

    To the editor:
    To each of you who helped make our 200th anniversary a success, we would like to thank you.
    To the newspapers for helping us get our announcement out, to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for giving us security during this celebration, to the printing company that printed our programs for us, to each and every one who helped in any way: Thank you.
    Emma Ross
    Bicentennial committee co-chairman
    New Britton Baptist Church, Ash
     

  • Thanks for assisting grandson

    To the editor:
    On Saturday, Aug. 18, my 11-year-old grandson had a biking accident on Ocean Isle Beach.
    People came immediately to help. One man took off his shirt to make a sling, and someone else brought an ice pack.
    The people on Wilmington Street were wonderful. I want to thank them all. We did not get any names, but instead rushed to the hospital.
    Surgery was required, as his arm was broken. The staff at Brunswick Novant was kind and caring. A special thanks to the doctors that helped.
    The people of Brunswick County are amazing.

  • More wheels needed for meals

    To the editor:
    Each year Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) delivers more than 45,000 hot meals to seniors through the Meals on Wheels program. The number of seniors in Brunswick County requiring resources from BSRI continues to grow at an enormous rate, and BSRI needs to purchase additional equipment to continue to meet these needs.