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Today's Opinions

  • ObamaTax makes no sense

    To the editor:
    My sweet and sometimes acceptably annoying mother-in-law doesn’t have automobile insurance.
    While she may have myriad reasons for absenting herself from this pool of insured, the fact she doesn’t own an automobile probably heads the list.
    If the state of New Jersey, where she resides, were to apply the illogical legal basis for upholding the healthcare ObamaTax (formerly ObamaCare) Chief Justice Roberts used, New Jersey would tax my mother-in-law for not having auto insurance.

  • Rodent problem scurries around

    To the editor:
    Thank you for this very, very true story. We lived on Holden Beach until 2009.
    We have sat on our front porch and watched large rats scurrying from Gerda Street to Lois Avenue, and then to an empty field facing the Intracoastal Waterway. They would also run under the siding of another house. They were everywhere!
    Many, many times I went to Holden Beach Town Hall asking for help, but no one paid me any attention. I am so glad you have presented this to the public.
    Jane and Harold W. Cole
    High Point
     

  • Fundraiser aids firehouse

    To the editor:
    On behalf of all members of the Calabash Fire Department, I would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Fourth of July fundraiser a huge success.
    We were overwhelmed by the generosity of local residents and out-of-town visitors who graciously donated to our cause.
    The money we collected will go toward furnishing our new firehouse that is in the final planning stages and will hopefully be under construction in the next few months.

  • Obama’s ‘chicken and egg’ argument bad for business, the country

    With $1 billion and counting in his war chest and everything else available in his political arsenal, our campaigner-in-chief has once again sets his sights on the free market.

    I’m not sure why President Barack Obama continues to attack the tenants of capitalism, other than to distinguish himself from his opponent, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who is the poster child for free market success.

    First, Obama attacked big, bad private equity as a jab at Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

    Now, he’s going after the little guy.

  • More critters of summer—rats are roaming uninvited at the beach

    Rats at the beach?!

    Now I know I’ve heard everything when I hear uninvited rats are cruising and bruising our pristine beaches.

    Then again, when are rats ever invited to the beach—or anywhere, for that matter? Obviously, they decided to invite themselves.

  • Local grants good news for area agencies


    Two area agencies have recently received grants that are sure to benefit Brunswick County and all its residents.
    The first grant—which affects everyone who lives in or visits Brunswick County—is a $2.1 million grant from the N.C. 911 Board for the county’s emergency services department to consolidate two different 911 call centers.
    Currently, depending on from where you call 911, your call may be answered in either Bolivia or Oak Island. The grant will fund the consolidation of the two call centers into one 911 center in Bolivia.

  • Sparks book is fabulous

    To the editor:
    After reading Caroline Curran’s review of Nicholas Sparks’ book, “Safe Haven,” I was very disappointed on what was written. I am an RN in an emergency room and my mother has been a director in domestic shelters for 30 years, and yes, “Safe Haven” is not reality, but I never knew that Nicholas Sparks was trying to write non-fiction.

  • Dog waste can cost you $100

    To the editor:
    While strolling with my husband yesterday afternoon by 40th Street on Sunset Beach, we saw some disturbing activity by a man with a dog, who decided to unleash his pet and let him swim and then the dog decided to poop in the water!
    My husband went up to him immediately and advised that no pets are welcome before 6 p.m. in the summertime. The man pleaded ignorance and there was no plastic bag or anything else to clean his dog’s waste. We looked all over for a code enforcement employee and, unfortunately, they were not to be found.