Today's Opinions

  • Poor should pay their share

    To the editor:
    Taxes are the price we pay for government services.
    I cannot be certain, but it is reasonable to assume poor folks require greater government services and assistance than do the wealthy. Thus, in principle, the poor should pay more.
    However, since the wealthy do have greater resources, perhaps we can ask them to pay as much as the poor.
    It is unarguable, though, I have no claim on the wealth of others. While all men should enjoy the same legal rights and responsibilities, they will never have equal talent, opportunity, or success.

  • It’s not us vs. them

    To the editor:
    Several letters in previous editions have expressed conflicting opinions about a community park/events center/serenity area/celebration site in Carolina Shores.
    A professional architectural team has been commissioned and has presented drawings for possible future walkways, a fountain, gazebo, bandstand and landscaping.

  • Supports McCullough

    To the editor:
    In a normative sense, politics can be a slippery slope. Recommending candidates for office may create a difficult scenario when competitive priorities and factions are involved.
    In Shallotte’s upcoming mayoral election, it is a pleasure to endorse the candidacy of Sara McCullough. We who have been privileged to observe Sara’s contributions to the city, both in official and unofficial capacities, treasure the impact she has made to enhance our enjoyment and standard of living.

  • Why work when government can?

    To the editor:
    Thanks, government, for giving me the privilege and opportunity to work hard to support many of the younger generation and many legal and illegal aliens.
    Heck, I’ll even work hard so we can take care of our neighboring counties so they can live better, too.
    I have instilled in my children to work hard so they, too, can get help to take care of them. I don’t want them to have to get up early in the morning and fix breakfast for their children like I had to. We’ll feed them when they get to school or daycare.

  • Stop pressuring our children

    To the editor:
    The schools are having fundraisers and while that is all well and good, I would like to point out there are a lot of people who are struggling and can’t help in this financially difficult time.
    I recently received in the mail a request to be a star sponsor for my neighbor’s granddaughter so she could get a “glow-in-the-dark” Sponge Bob and Friends shirt.

  • Speak out, silent majority

    Of late it has become apparent to me that if you are quiet and reclusive, it can be taken for quiet approval.
    There are folks in the government of Carolina Shores and their action committees that have proposals they insist on pushing regardless of the feelings of the quiet majority. Some of these folks want to bulldoze over the rest of us. Let us not put up with that.
    I have heard the proposed park/events center has been put on hold. There are other problems within the town that need to be addressed.

  • Fine is trash in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but Councilman Wilson Sherrill is the only Sunset Beach board member who voted against the ridiculous trash can fine.
    Thank you, Mr. Sherrill.
    Karen Joseph, Bob Bobinski and Carol Scott voted in favor of this fine on us. What a telling example of over-reach into our lives.
    Ann Hawkins
    Sunset Beach

  • Pease was appointed, not elected

    To the editor:
    Correct me if am wrong, but I believe on Jan. 26, 2010, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen appointed Michael Pease as alderman for the town of Shallotte.
    Why are citizens of Shallotte being misled by his re-election signage indicating he is up for re-election?
    Simply put, all of his signs should read, “elect Michael Pease.”
    Karyn Hart