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Today's Opinions

  • Stop partisanship

    To the editor:
    The politicians in Washington, D.C., would have us believe we are looking to them for moral leadership. I say we are looking to them to do their job with integrity and pride in what they do.
    All this bickering and investigation of each other is plainly wearing thin. As soon as they get into office, they are led by partisan politics and start attacking each other.

  • Supports McIntyre

    To the editor:
    I’m a 70-year-old retired Vietnam veteran. As a registered independent, I vote for individuals who are committed to doing what’s best for our district, our country and the veterans’ community, regardless of their party affiliation. That’s the same criteria I’m using to decide between David Rouzer and Mike McIntyre for Congress.

  • Homeless still need help

    To the editor:
    After talking with individuals, agencies and county officials concerning poverty and homeless issues in Brunswick County, I am shocked at the feedback.
    Since Brunswick County doesn’t have a homeless shelter, the popular suggestion is to take them to Wilmington. Since January, Brunswick County Streetreach (BCSTR) has relocated 118 homeless to other counties.

  • Freedom to vote across party lines

    To the editor:
    We are nearing the end of the political campaigns that will determine the fundamental direction for the future of our county. Some call this the “silly season.” I call it the most serious of seasons.
    Recently, more than one person has informed me Democrats in the area are being told because they are registered Democrats, their only choice is to vote for all Democrat candidates. The implication being that legally, they are not able to vote for Republicans because of their party affiliation.

  • Voting for McIntyre

    To the editor:
    I am shocked that David Rouzer thinks he can be elected simply by having a new district drawn for himself.
    As many of us know, the 7th Congressional District was gerrymandered by our state legislators, including David Rouzer, so it now includes Rouzer’s home county (Johnston) and excludes the majority of Mike McIntyre’s home county (Robeson) in a blatant effort to unseat the incumbent.

  • Education could be better

    To the editor:
    Braniff, a 14-year-old schoolboy living in a comfortable home and enjoying the multiplicities of youth, is happy and could care less about the costs of universal healthcare or national debt crises. He is American.
    Braniff has no political ideology, no taxes to pay and certainly has no opinion about immigration or Social Security. His main concern is his wardrobe, his friends, their video games and his sports agenda.

  • Brunswick roads can be dangerous

    Between Jan. 1 and July 31 this year, 676 people had died in crashes on North Carolina roads.
    Twelve of those deaths happened right here in Brunswick County, and sadly, we’ve had several more since the last update given by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program (NCGHSP).
    For all of 2011, 21 people died on Brunswick County roads. Unfortunately, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be decreasing.

  • Willie Nelson concert sellout sets milestone for BCC

    From all early-morning appearances at Odell Williamson Auditorium, the quest to snag tickets for Willie Nelson’s first-ever known concert in Brunswick County wasn’t exactly an overnight, wait-your-turn-in-line campout.

    But it was fierce and significant just the same.

    When auditorium director Mike Sapp arrived at the venue two hours before ticket sales launched at 9 a.m. last Friday for Nelson’s Dec. 7 concert, he encountered just one waiting man seated in a lawn chair near the box office.