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Today's Opinions

  • Open government is good government

    The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know.

    These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

    Sunshine Week celebrates the people's right to access the records and proceedings of their government and continue a centuries-old tradition of public access in America.

  • Article contained only one side of the story

    To the editor: I am wondering about some of the information contained in that splashy headline story, “Parents upset with student treatment.”

    In particular, the secondary headline on page three says, “Dankas: Teachers involved did not comment,” but then the article quotes five paragraphs’ worth of comment from the two teachers.

    Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Gore did explain the circumstances involving the Dankas’ son, giving a reasonable and believable account of events.

  • Disciplining kids is a fine line

    To the editor: I am the mother of six children, 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. When my children were young, I told them if they got spanked at school they would get another when they got home. If there was any doubt, I could always talk with the teacher or principal.

    Now, you can’t spank or discipline children because of fear of lowering their self-esteem. Now our children are out of control. I thought we sent our kids to school to get an education, to respect those in authority and use self-control.

  • Let me wake up from this dream

    To the editor: As I have preached over and over again, this country has bred a nation of ignorant and poor who have only their cunning ways to beat the honest and free-hearted people out of everything they can get.

    There are still those of us who want to help folks who appear to be of need and of smiling face and exhibit a sincerity and truthfulness, yet when the chips have all be eaten, the smiley face goes away and the real truth of “do unto others before they can do unto you,” appears.

  • Good column

    To the editor: Thanks for the great column by Stacey Manning on the Taliban. You are right on.

    Although I am surprised that you remember the fallout shelters! Good job.

    Now, how do we get your words into the national media? No one wants to hear what’s right from us regular people living in Brunswick County and all around the more rural areas of this great country.

    Hopefully, they will hear from us in November.

  • Bad incidents overshadow work of good teachers

    Being a teacher is often a thankless job.

    Long gone are the days where teachers were respected by parents and the students they taught. We no longer see boys and girls coming to school in their Sunday best.

  • Why doesn't 'Taliban' scare us the way 'communists' used to?

    As a kid, I knew little about politics. To me, Jimmy Carter was a man who liked peanuts and Ronald Reagan was a former actor who thought jelly beans were so cool he had some stashed away on a space shuttle for astronauts.

    I spent more time listening to First Lady Nancy Reagan telling me to “say no to drugs” than any of the president’s proposals to fix the economy or his take on the state of the union.

  • Sunshine Week: Shining a light on public information

    Public records and open meetings laws in North Carolina exist for one reason—to ensure that government is conducted in the open.

    Public business, according to state law, must be done in public.

    The public’s access to the government process, whether it’s access to meetings or to information or documents, is a right, not a privilege.

    While there are nine specific, and likely overused, provisions that allow public bodies to convene in closed session, action must be taken in open session.