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Today's Opinions

  • What’s the real cost of county benefits?

    To the editor:
    I took great interest in last week’s report on the county commissioners updating of employee health benefits.
    I have a few questions regarding spousal coverage. In the interest of taxpayers (all of us in the county), how about eliminating the “honor system” concept with regard to coverage? It should be mandatory for the county to be the payer of last resort.

  • The port project is not dead

    To the editor:
    It’s déjà vu all over again.
    In July 2010 the Ports Authority declared the Southport megaport project “on hold” and the press pronounced it was dead.
    Since then $2 million more has been spent examining how ports can compete for Post Panamax business, the Senate removed protective language from the House budget bill prohibiting spending on the deepwater port at Southport, and the price tag for the NCIT is now estimated to be a colossal, mind-boggling $6.1 billion.
    Dead? Hah!

  • Far from over, GOP presidential battle important part of vetting process

    On the morning of the Michigan and Arizona Republican primaries I was making my rounds through the morning political shows, hoping to catch up on the political news of the day after being in the vacuum of a first-degree murder trial for the past week.

    While watching an a.m. show “brewed by Starbucks,” NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd and some of his liberal lemmings were salivating, and I mean salivating, at the idea of Mitt Romney losing his home state of Michigan on Tuesday.

  • ‘Just cause’ list to remove Warren from DSS is long

    Finally.
    And as far as we’re concerned, it wasn’t soon enough.
    Monday night the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners had a hearing to determine if there was just cause to remove fellow commissioner Charles Warren from the DSS board where he has been causing havoc as its chairman.
    Warren refused to leave the DSS board even after commissioners passed a code of ethics calling for commissioners to step down from such posts.
    He didn’t think that was “just cause” to remove him.

  • Hydrofracking isn’t the answer

    To the editor:
    Hydrofracking is banned in North Carolina. Recently, I received notice from a North Carolina watchdog group called Food and Water Watch. Reports say the General Assembly wants to overturn the ban this spring.
    I am a small business owner interested in reducing the cost of gas and oil, but only if methods used are safe and efficient.
    I strongly disagree with the idea of “hydrofracking” in North Carolina. Fresh water is a very limited/precious resource we should not take for granted. We cannot drink, swim or fish in natural gas.

  • A look at the family tree

    To the editor:
    When a family tree turns out good with no dead limbs and bears good fruit, maybe you should talk about it, or even write about it. So I did.
    Dad lived to be 86; mom only made it to 40. Their first-born for the family tree was me in December 1923. That makes me 88 and over.
    Then came two sisters. As years went by, dad married again. Then a brother; all total four.
    We all married and had a good life with our spouses. After 51 years of married life, my wife passed on.

  • Time is to fish or cut bait

    To the editor:
    The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and its leftward leaning adherents now has to fish or cut bait.
    After more than half a century of buying the hook, line and sinker of Democratic Party’s promises of heaven on earth, the church’s skiff has now been pushed out into the middle of a very deep lake by President Obama’s mandate to provide contraception, pharmacological abortion and surgical sterilization.
    Land is no longer in sight, nor is there an anchor to allow for languid dawdling.

  • Doesn’t want to see trees cut down

    To the editor:
    I read with interest your article on the contemplated removal of 900 trees from the golf course at Carolina Shores.
    It amazes me the board of commissioners can be bullied by an organization that is bankrupt and whose principle owner is in foreclosure. It seems that a clap of the gavel by the mayor can terminate all the questions that require discussion and answers.