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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Color Purple’ controversy takes on insulting tone

    At the start of the 2013-14 year for Brunswick County Schools, the students in 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement courses and their parents were required to sign a syllabus that agreed to the terms of the course. “The Color Purple” was among books on the reading list, which was part of the syllabus.

    Those opposed to it seem to have forgotten or ignored this fact, and that is far more offensive than any of the questionable subject matter in the award-winning novel.

  • Don’t get sucked into polar vortex

    A colleague and friend of mine who recently moved to neighboring New Hanover County marveled this week that local schools were going on a two-hour delay Tuesday and Wednesday because of the anticipated cold weather. She’s originally from Connecticut, where winter school delays and closings are prompted by immovable amounts of snow.

    Having lived in the Carolinas a bit longer than she has, school delays and closings on account of cold weather are not so unusual to me, but they are still strange.

  • Change is good

    To the editor:
    Your article about Sunset Beach Town Council keeping former council member Karen Joseph on the negotiating team at Jaguar’s Lair was very interesting.
    If you can still fog a mirror, you know this is a legit decision the state would never argue with, but is it really in the best interest of the town or a slap in the face of the voters?
    I think our “new” town council needs to work at being new. Change is good.
    I do not know Joseph, nor do I own property in Jaguar’s Lair.
    Debbie Tuttle
    Sunset Beach

  • It takes a village

    To the editor:
    Recently while with my mother, she tripped and fell outside the Belk store in Shallotte with her hand and knee bleeding.

  • What is appropriate?

    To the editor:
    I recently attended a board of education meeting where I was allowed to express my opinion on current AP English literature selections. I closed my presentation with a question: Who decides when a minor child is old enough to be exposed to literature containing vulgarity, rape, and incest in the classroom?

  • Joy of the season

    To the editor:
    Christmas is known as many things: the yuletide, the birth of Christ, Jesus’ birthday, the holiest day of the year, the loneliest time of year, a time for family gatherings, the most wonderful time of the year …
    Christmas is really different for everyone, and lives in their hearts and minds in unique ways.
    Some fill food pantries, ring Salvation Army bells, make donations to worthy charities, donate toys for tots, buy Angel Tree gifts, send care packages to soldiers, or make goody baskets for neighbors.

  • Consider donation

    To the editor:
    You can end the year by making a powerful decision that will have a positive, lasting effect on a child.
    Communities In Schools works in partnerships with the schools to reach and serve students with the greatest needs, but the fewest resources. Those needs include tutoring, mentoring, counseling, clothing, personal hygiene and basic need items.

  • Things that should end or go away in the new year

    Maybe most people think of the start of a new year as an opportunity for new beginnings, but from where I’m sitting, some beginnings can’t happen without some significant endings.