Today's Opinions

  • Nukes for all

    To the editor:
    Some uninformed citizens say nuclear weapons are a threat to our safety.
    Nuclear weapons are not the problem. Nuclear weapons don’t kill people. People kill people.
    The problem is that all nations don’t have nuclear weapons. Some nations are nuke-free zones, inviting attacks from other nations. If all nations had nuclear weapons, there would be no fear of one nation attacking another.

  • Government needs governing

    To the editor:
    The do-nothing Congress is at it again. This bunch could not agree what date the Fourth of July comes on without a debate or some other type of argument.
    Local government is not any better. New Hanover County has its problems. Carolina Beach lost half of its people representing them. Leland has had its problems in the police department and with the mayor. Calabash has its problems. Sunset Beach is in the news every week.

  • Be aware of bank rules

    To the editor:
    Blessed with lending institutions, Brunswick County has its share of more than 4,440 vaults (branches of banks) scattered across North Carolina. Waiting for depositors’ money, the banker represents trust and security.
    Use caution before placing dollars in this vault. Ask two questions: Are my funds safe? Are my rights being observed? If arbitration is security for a depositor or customer, then no problem.
    Ask if you are a customer or consumer. The customer has privacy rights apart from a consumer’s rights.

  • An American, born and bred

    To the editor:
    Have heard with pride many people say,
    They love America and here will stay.
    In front of house, have a flag that flies,
    Under Carolina clear and bright blue skies.
    So this poem if you do want to share,
    Treat country and flag with so much care.
    Give them much honor and also praise,
    Even if raining or bright, sunny days.
    Do love them both like a small boy,
    Who every day plays with his toy
    We bought, which was a drum.
    America is where he has been from.

  • Gun bans don’t work

    To the editor:
    Letter writer Carol Weaver (Stop crying support solutions) thinks an assault weapons ban and a gun buy-back will help stop the violence.
    Sorry, Carol, but as an almost 40-year veteran police officer (and chief), it just doesn’t work.
    We tried an assault weapons ban from 1994-2004, and it had zero effect on crime or shootings.
    We banned heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. How’s that worked out?
    There are 80 million Americans, owning more than 350 million legal guns, who did not commit a crime today.

  • Come be a part of Toastmasters

    To the editor:
    Have you ever wished you could speak to a large crowd without being afraid? Can you remember a time when you were called on to take charge of a meeting, teach a Sunday school class or get a group of people to come together to accomplish something important?
    If just thinking about this gives you “butterflies,” you need to come and be with a group of people who feel the same way you do. They are working on “making the butterflies fly in formation.”

  • Let intelligence prevail

    To the editor:
    May God bless you, young lady. After teaching high school for 27 years and retiring in 2001, I have not read a more truthful evaluation of our flimsy-at-best education system in my life.
    In light of recent events, you have found the common denominator that helps explain so many problems encountered by educators of today. Woe be tomorrow.
    Thank you so much for sharing my (and many others’) views on the “system” to a small audience. Yet one has to start somewhere.

  • FOP says thanks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Fraternal Order of Police would like to thank all the businesses and residents in Brunswick County for their support and donations last year.
    Your generous donations made it possible for us to continue our Cops & Kids (formerly Shop with a Cop) program. We have been helping families for more than 20 years and hope to continue this program for many years to come.