Today's Opinions

  • Heirs of that first revolution

    To the editor:
    These are words spoken by our president shortly after taking his presidential oath:
    “The world is very different now...and yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe: the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.”
    -John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961.
    John A. Donnelly
    Carolina Shores

  • Dr. Oz leads viewers down healthier yellow brick road

    I have to confess, I’m one of those fawning middle-aged women out in TV land who loves to watch Dr. Oz, the new rock star of healthy alternatives.

    Since being graced by the magic wand of Oprah—who from all indications also set up Obama—fit, 50-something Dr. Oz has been jogging down the yellow brick road of fame and influence.

  • Mary Brooks

    Mary Alberta Brooks, 91, of Shallotte, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Autumn Care Nursing Center in Shallotte.
    A funeral service was set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Shallotte. Burial was to follow at Angela Faye Cemetery in Shallotte.
    Arrangements by Peoples Funeral Home of Shallotte Inc.

  • Area small businesses are key to economic growth

    Local entrepreneur Lloyd Milliken is looking at ways to create some new jobs here in Brunswick County.
    If all goes as planned, 25 new jobs could be created as Milliken makes changes to business operations at his oyster house on Village Point Road. Milliken hopes to successfully rework his oyster house into a new scallops-processing business.
    In an area where new jobs are desperately needed, and after feeling the effects of the dwindling seafood and related markets over the past several years, it’s good to see a new approach getting under way.

  • Thank a school board member

    To the editor:
    School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure schools are providing the best education possible for the community’s children. That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them during School Board Appreciation Month in January.
    School board members are citizens whose decisions affect children—what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.

  • Hale Swamp column: A good read

    To the editor:
    Thank you to Stacey Manning for the interesting piece on Hale Swamp Road. Although this area does not have the best reputation in some circles, I have lived here 25 years and own a business on that road. There is very little trouble in this area, thanks to good law enforcement and the majority of us who are law-abiding and keep a good eye out for any trouble.
    Your article had some funny points to it, but it does show that you were listening to people who may not have a clue as to what is going on. Gossip is not always the best source.

  • Act of kindness brings thanks

    To the editor:
    I want to thank the person at Cape Fear Surf Shop in Holden Beach for taking the time to mail a check to me that I dropped in the store while shopping there. They enclosed a note but did not give a name. It was a small check but the act of kindness was big.
    Ted Rivenbark
    Holden Beach

  • You’re welcome for the bonuses

    To the editor:
    I have lots to get off my chest, so to speak. I’m glad the extra money was found to give county employees a Christmas bonus. I’m sure some of it was found in our “revenue neutral” property tax reassessment that raised my taxes an additional $100 this year.