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Today's Opinions

  • Residents want St. James center

    To the editor: Much misinformation exists about the level of support for a community center in St. James.

    Opponents contend a majority of residents oppose the center. Little evidence supports this notion.

    A history of the interest in a center will demonstrate the level of support.

    First, interest in a community center was expressed in 2000 through a petition signed by half the residents expressing a wish for one.

    The 2006 St. James Comprehensive Plan determined a “desire for a community center” was the second most important inside-the-gate issue.

  • Enough sheriff letters already

    To the editor: Enough letters regarding the sheriff situation. I am upset this newspaper printed a letter from an unruly woman.

    All elected officials, and I mean all, live in glass houses and they cannot move without being looked at. None of us are perfect.

    Our sheriff and his staff work diligently and constantly to safely protect each and every one of us. My family and I thank him very much and we want him to continue.

    That is why we live here.

  • Warning sign program will be good for county

    When it comes to emergency situations, getting information out to the public as quickly as possible is important.

    In the past, emergency officials relied heavily on television and radio stations to get urgent warnings out fast. While those tools will continue to be important in emergency preparedness, with changes in today’s ever-evolving electronic society, alternatives are needed.

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day your own way

    Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. I don’t dress in pink and red and giggle all day. I don’t sit around and watch eagerly for the flower delivery person to come through the door, and I don’t look forward to a big fancy night on the town.

    I celebrate Valentine’s Day my own special way, usually with pizza or Chinese take-out and a night full of CSI or Special Victims Unit reruns. If I feel like it, I might eat some pretty little heart-shaped cupcakes for dessert.

  • We're looking for interesting people stories all year round

    At the end of last year, I put out a call to readers to submit recommendations for our annual “Ten Most Interesting” features. We asked readers to nominate people worthy of a special story about some of the cool, unique and fun things people in our community do on a regular basis.

  • Competition is never an excuse for irresponsible reporting

    News media, like any other profession, is a competitive field. Every reporter wants to be the first one with the story, the first one to break the news.

    Competition is fine, and some would even say it’s healthy. But when it reaches the point of being a journalist’s top priority and causes harm, it needs to stop.

    Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent two press releases to the four newspapers and two television stations that serve Brunswick County.

  • One by one, the candidates dwindle

    In the fast-paced world of politics, one day can make a big difference.

    One month of campaigning and debating for president can seem like an eternity—and wow, the difference it can make.

    As we creep closer to the Republican and Democratic conventions, the field of presidential candidates is dwindling.

    Some candidates I was glad to see go. John Edwards, for example.

    But for others—Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney— I was saddened to see them bid farewell.

  • I know we're all smarter than this

    Well, it’s happened.

    Just when you thought America had evolved to a point where it didn’t really matter the gender or race of the people running for president, the old-school feminists have pulled out the “women are oppressed” card to guilt their sisters into voting for Hillary Clinton.