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Today's Opinions

  • Getting a degree is a reality at BCC

    To the editor:
    As the summer will soon turn to fall, I’ve realized that this will be the first August in many years that I have not jumped in line with fellow students to register for college classes.
    As a recent graduate of Brunswick Community College, this notion is bittersweet. The faculty and staff at BCC were instrumental in my successful completion of a degree.
    After a 10-year journey, including enrollment at several community colleges throughout the East Coast, it wasn’t until my enrollment at BCC I found success.

  • McIntyre was among those who did the right thing

    To the editor:
    Am I to believe the only good Democrat, regardless of whether right or wrong, would only vote along party lines, as in Rep. Mike McIntyre’s vote along with 16 other U.S. House Democrats to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress?
    As a 38-year veteran law enforcement officer and administrator, as well as a life-long Democrat, I have a few comments in response to recent accusations.

  • Thanks for help finding lost child

    To the editor:
    On July 4 at Ocean Isle Beach, we had the unfortunate experience of our 5-year-old daughter “disappearing.” She lost us in the sea of people as she came up from the shore.
    I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to law enforcement officials who helped me when I called 911. They told me my daughter was in the hands of a woman who had found her wandering, crying and looking for us. They told me exactly which way to walk and how far until I would find her.

  • Local seniors, BSRI need your help

    To the editor:
    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. would like to request help for our senior community. There are many ways to help us.
    While receiving monetary contributions is always appreciated, you can help by referring a family member or friend to lease space at our Southport Senior Center or Shallotte Senior Center for an event or gathering.
    Talking to an acquaintance about advertising in our BSRI newsletter or donating materials for our Ramps and Rails program also provides needed support.

  • Oops…where did my bike go?

    To the editor:
    My friend had a bike rack mounted on her SUV, so we rode our bikes from the Sunset Beach gazebo to the jetty. Things couldn’t have gone smoother until she dropped me off at home.
    Sandy, looking dumbfounded, asked, “Uh, Jack, where’s your bike?”
    That’s the problem with a Lexus…too quiet. We never heard a thing. Surely a bike falling to the pavement makes a racket?

  • Doesn’t like park process

    To the editor:
    Once again, Sunset Beach Town Council has avoided your input and failed to organize the suggested steering committee to develop the park survey.
    The “our way or the highway” process was rushed without review by full council. Two clearly defined questions submitted by Councilman Scott and I were deleted by the “inner circle” (Gary Parker, Karen Joseph, Lou DeVita) to prevent a clear and decisive choice.
    The omitted questions include:
    1. Do you wish to maintain the site as a natural resource?

  • Pet adoption touches the heart

    To the editor:
    I read with much enjoyment Rachel’s article on adopting a dog from the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. Our Decision Day was last August when my wife and I agreed to let our daughter get a dog.
    Before that I had it made—a lovely family with grandchildren and a great black Lab that lived just next door to us, which I could pet, give treats and play with.

  • Answers to some things you may—or may not—be wondering about

    Pedaling like mad Monday in a cycling class I had resumed after abstaining because of a sprained wrist, I wondered: Why, just because I had been out for a month, does it feel like starting all over again?

    While the tough-and-fit instructor and most of the class spun their two-wheelers way above the speed limit, I was going at a sea-turtle rate of about 15. I could barely breathe. I felt my face turning red—more out of effort than embarrassment, I think.