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Today's Opinions

  • DeGroot letter was rude, wrong

    I would like to weigh in on the attitude of Jaqueline DeGroot over the letter she wrote regarding the state and countys seriousness of [the investigation into] Ronald Hewett.

    I dont know Mr. Hewett personally or professionally, but I am a citizen of Brunswick County, a true southern belle, and I am speaking from experience as my grandfather was a sheriff deputy one rank below sheriff status for 32 years for Lee County. My mom retired from the department of corrections.

  • Smart Start helps, but more needed

    To the editor:

    Smart Start has been operating in Brunswick County for many years and continues to improve the lives of young children and their families.

    The most significant improvements have been in improving childcare quality and increasing the number of children in high quality care.

    Today, with a great deal of dedication, hard work and statewide collaboration, 57 percent of young children are in high quality care. This reflects a 33 percent increase in the overall level of quality in childcare facilities since 2001.

  • Bridges, sewer plants change beach life

    Two factors that really have changed Holden Beach and the general Brunswick County area are the central sewage treatment plant and high-rise bridges.

    There is no question the high-rise bridge alone has changed the character and even costs of living on Holden Beach. Some of the change has damaged the very character of the island.

    Greed took over, and instead of reasonably priced homes on the island, we are seeing monstrous homes being built that totally obscure the ocean view from Ocean Boulevard, and that is a shame.

  • Stimulus package is a joke

    To the editor:

    In the past week, the Economic Stimulus Package, HR 5140, designed to give American taxpayers a rebate check, passed the House and has been passed on to the Senate.

    This bill, written by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has a provision that will send a rebate check to anyone who paid taxes and submitted a Social Security number to the IRS.

  • Save our forests; support recycling

    To the editor:

    Our forests in southeastern North Carolina are the most bio-diverse temperate forests in the world; once we lose them, we lose them forever.

    Yum! Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and other fast food companies, buys their paper packaging from big southern mills. Huge tracts of land are deforested to feed that demand.

    Fast food packaging ends up either on our roadsides (equaling 20 percent of that litter) or in our landfills.

    In North Carolina, 15 percent of landfill waste comes from our food packaging industry.

  • Obama inspires voters on all sides

    To the editor:

    For the past 20 years or so of my life, we either had a Bush or a Clinton (and their lobbyists) in the White House and nothing has changed.

    We finally have a candidate who sincerely praises both President Reagan and John McCain only to ridicule Hillary Clinton and her “old left buddies.”

    I have never voted for a Democratic president; however, that is about to change.

    While “Billary” hires a new campaign manager, she nevertheless is still singing that “same old song.”

  • Vision plan's success depends on the public

    When Shallotte alderman Walt Eccard looks at Shallotte, he doesn’t just see what’s there now, he dreams of what could be.

    Eccard and other community members have been working together to create a plan to guide development of this ever-growing town. Through a number of donations and town support, the Downtown Shallotte Development Committee has been able to bring a professional planner into the mix, with the hopes of creating a long-term plan to improve life and appearances in Shallotte.

  • Winter fun aquarium style

    Sometimes it’s hard to find fun things to do in the winter, especially if you have kids.

    There are only so many trips to the library they can take and only so many video games you can buy before you go broke.

    Luckily, for those interested in taking a day trip either by car or on a ferry, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher has found a cure for the weekend “Mom, I’m bored!” blues.