Articles by Dorothy Royal Special to Topsail Advertiser

  • United we stand …

    Last week I followed a compelling story about firearm manufacturers and suppliers who are now refusing to sell firearms to law enforcement agencies (and individuals) in states where law abiding citizens are now prohibited from those very same firearms. This is a stand of unity that should come as a moment of awaking for our politicians. What should be an eye opener is that this list has increased by 700 percent in the last few days. READ MORE

  • Please, thank you and the art of compromise …

    Growing up my mother taught me three valuable lessons: Always say please, remember to say thank you and learn the art of compromise. What she meant by the art of compromise was to always stick to your guns and make the other person give in. Based on politics today, she was years ahead of her time. READ MORE

  • Hunting we may go …

    Oh goody, topics just keep falling into my hands! Today I watched on the news where a N.J. Family had child welfare and the police show up to their home after the father posted a proud photo of his son with his .22 hunting rifle that happens to be in a tactical chassis. Tactical chassis you may ask? Correct, I reply. The outward appearance of a firearm has little to do with the true action or nature. There is a barrel, a receiver, a trigger, a stock and generally some form of sights. Magic has been revealed! READ MORE

  • A scary little bit of news from Connecticut

    One of the main stories on the news tonight was about the new rules being proposed in Connecticut. Here are a few of the highlights: READ MORE

  • The truth about lies and prejudice

    The Merriam-Webster definition of prejudice is as follows: Injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one’s rights. READ MORE

  • Lead don’t chase

    While playing the old fashion game of “Centipede” (one of my favorites from the ol’ days) I realized the simple truth of society: In order to prevent such terrible tragedies as Newtownor Boston, we must learn to lead by example, not arrive with all the greatness of Americans to pick up the pieces. By then it’s too late. READ MORE

  • To what extent do we go to protect our most valuable asset?

    On May 1, an article ran on Huffington Post about a charter school in Oregonthat had a “live action” drill for their teachers while students were out for the day. Two masked men with handguns burst into the building and began firing at random. This event must have been terrifying! READ MORE

  • Puff the Magic Dragon and beam me up, Scottie

    One of the hot topics in the local news this week is decriminalization of marijuana. N.C. House Bill 637 currently circulating would reduce the penalty for an ounce or less for private use to a fine and would adjudicate all the folks previously saddled with criminal records for the same offense, making them more likely to get a good job. Rep. Kelly Alexander has been the champion for trying to legalize medical marijuana; but since some folks in our state government don’t feel it’s necessary, he has introduced a new bill to ask for the STUDY of medical marijuana. On this Mother’s Day I reflect back to how terrible my mother’s struggle with cancer was and how much of the pain, nausea and stress could have been alleviated if medical marijuana had been available. Wake up folks, God gave us this plant for a reason. READ MORE

  • A hunting we may go …

    This week I would like to follow up on the proposal for PenderCountyhunters to be able to use silencers on hunting rifles. This proposal was put forth by Hunting and Wildlife and is making its way to possibly becoming a North Carolinalaw. The three readings in the N.C. Senate all passed, and it has taken on the first reading in the House and is still going. READ MORE

  • Please, thank you and don’t forget those that make the biggest difference

    So much fun stuff this week! First, I would like to give a great big “Thank You” (sometimes we forget how simple yet important that is) to the N.C. Forestry officers that came within a week of my email asking for guidance. I was concerned about the health of a great big water oak in front of my shop. Just this past fall it was full and gorgeous and even housed some special honey bees. This spring it is not so happy. The man and woman that came out to view this tree were well spoken and full of knowledge. It was a pleasure to meet with them. By the end of our meeting, I continued to thank them when the woman pointed to the badge on her arm that read “Forestry Service.” She said, “This word service is what we are all about. We are not here to judge or give fines, we are here to provide a service for the people who need us.” Wow, I would have voted for her right then and there if she had declared her candidacy! HA HA. Too bad so many politicians and those in power have forgotten that golden rule, they are there to provide US with a service. Maybe we need to remind them once in a while — a phone call, letter or email might make more of a difference than you can imagine. READ MORE

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