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Today's Opinions

  • Cost-savings measures good step forward

    Brunswick County officials have made a sound financial decision regarding accessibility of employee payroll and related information.
    Instead of firing up the photocopier and turning on printers while burning through boxes of paper, officials have moved employee payroll information to the Internet.
    Through a secure and password-protected site, county employees can now sign online—at any time at their convenience—to review pay stubs, tax forms, pay dates, vacation and sick leave amounts and more.

  • Built with help

    To the editor:
    Our president has been sharply criticized for his statement, “You didn’t build that!” Although I might adamantly insist “I did,” I am persuaded of the facts that “I did not” without the help of others build anything.
    Educationally, others provided rudimentary knowledge that I used in what I built. Materially, others furnished parts of what I built. Elementally, the One provided everything I and the others used to build what I built.

  • Rethink park expenses

    To the editor:
    As usual, the Sunset Beach Park is all about money.
    Why not start small as you would a business? Start with walking trails and benches facing the water. Lots of people would like that.
    In time, when money is available, add something else. Then you would end up with what lots of people want without all the debt.
    June LeCount
    Sunset Beach
     

  • School thankful for support

    To the editor:
    The students and staff of Southport Christian School would like to thank the Southport Junior Woman’s Club for its incredible donation to our school. Their Vegas Night event raises money for the elementary schools in our area, and we are so appreciative to be part of this event.

  • Compassion abounds

    To the editor:
    I have recently found there are truly compassionate people in today’s world.
    Sunday, Nov. 11, my husband of 53 years passed away. He spent his last five days in the new Hospice Care Center at 955 Mercy Lane SE in Bolivia. They took excellent care of Tom and the family as well.
    From doctors to office workers to nurses to “Doe” the custodian, these people went above and beyond any job description. They take you into their hearts and prayers and give you one less thing to worry about.

  • Cub Scouts aid relief effort

    To the editor:
    I would like to recognize the service of Cub Scout Pack 0201 and its executive officer, Clay Stanley, for their support of a local grassroots effort to provide supplies for areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
    These young men collected nonperishable food items, delivered them to a collection point, and then helped organizers load the truck. For their efforts, the boys were rewarded with sweet treats from owners Cathy Cody and Anna Arrington of Turtle Crossing Cupcakes in Calabash, who spearheaded the relief effort.

  • Look for ways to give back this holiday season

    Retailers across the country are hoping as soon as you put down your fork and swallow the last bit of your Thanksgiving meal that you’ll put on your most comfortable shoes and head out for a day of shopping Thursday.
    While holiday shopping has traditionally began the day after Thanksgiving, more and more retailers are hoping to lure you in with special deals Thursday instead of waiting for Black Friday.

  • Time to remove billboards

    To the editor:
    There are a number of billboards along U.S. 17 in Brunswick County, and one on N.C. 904, that were erected during the recent presidential election. The tenor of these signs is generally divisive and bitter.
    The country has voted, and whether or not we agree with the outcome, we must put the past aside and find a productive way to move forward. Leaving these signs in place deepens the disappointment of those who opposed the victor and stokes the indignation of those who supported the winning side.