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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • In response to Kozelouzek letter

    To the editor:
    Oh my dear Mr. Kozelouzek, you poor misguided man. Obama is the worst thing for the USA.
    Yes, Obama inherited challenges—all leaders do. The test is to see how they rise to the challenges.
    What has Obama done? For starters he still blames others.
    As for action, with a Democrat majority in the House and Senate, he bails out the auto industry. Billions wasted and more to come.
    He oversaw an $800 billion stimulus; results none, money wasted.

  • Sunset Beach spending more than it reaps

    To the editor:
    Interesting information from Brunswick County: The county is granting a 2 percent pay increase to employees with a 3 or better performance review. This is their first increase since 2009.
    Sunset Beach, however, is giving a 5 percent across-the-board increase for fiscal year 2013. This is a total of 15 percent for the last four years. For a town our size—3,400—our employees are very well paid.

  • Theory doesn’t mesh with reality

    To the editor:
    I have read with interest recent articles by guest columnist John Heidtke about his concerns with America’s life with guns.
    His comment about not carrying his gun, even though he has a concealed carry permit, is interesting. One would hope that, as a trained former law enforcement officer, he would have some sense of obligation to use his training and expertise if an occasion arose, such as the shooting in the Colorado theater.

  • Reporting from the courtroom: Trial testimonials can try the soul

    It takes guts to do the right thing.

    For the last week, I have sat in Brunswick County Superior Criminal Court watching as the murder trial of Craig Bryant unfolds. Bryant is accused of murdering Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in late April 2008.

    One-by-one as the witnesses have taken the stand, I have seen one thing in common—nervousness. Yes, there have been a few witnesses who are more seasoned at being put on the stand to testify, but the majority are not.

  • Fair Sentencing Act isn’t fair to citizens

    A recent heroin bust here in Brunswick County is a perfect example of what is wrong with North Carolina’s justice system.
    It’s not the work investigators did to uncover the drug operation; it’s the fact the perpetrator was on the streets to begin with.
    Back in 1994 Christopher Mosby was convicted of second-degree murder. He was found guilty for assisting in the murder of Louis Lopez in Winston-Salem on Jan. 21, 1994.

  • Turmoil in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    Mayor Cerrato was elected by 60 percent of voters on a platform of “Spend Less-Tax Less.” His platform consisted of 19 items, such as salaries, spending and waste, but any time an item is brought up, it’s quickly brushed aside by our town council.
    Mayor Cerrato was opposed to purchasing the park land even before 1,200 citizens signed a petition opposing it. The county has a park less than 2 miles away. Why are we going to be paying for two parks, one through our county taxes, and the other through town taxes?