Most all of our children will drive one day — canceling driver’s ed is a bad idea.

Most all of our children will drive one day — canceling driver’s ed is a bad idea.

When I call the police I expect them and appreciate them when they arrive.

Why is gasoline 10 cents cheaper from one town to another?

Fire departments are not an option and their budget should reflect that. No number of police or office workers will be able to put out a major house fire. 

Treat every gun as if it were loaded to avoid mistakes. Human error contributes to 96 percent of all gun related accidents.

Calling a person “hun or sugar” when taking an order at a restaurant is not insulting the customer, but a sign of compassion. Those who are offended by this need to hit I-95 North and keep going. 

Hurricanes suck; but at least you get a 3 day notice, unlike a tornado. If I lived in a tornado zone I would have a home underground. 

Don’t buy a gun just because it will function in temperatures below 10 degrees F or above 240 degrees F. I doubt you will be jumping out of a helicopter into freezing water or visiting Mars anytime soon. 

Know your neighbors (and their names) — they may be your first line of defense in an emergency. 

If something upsets you make a phone call first — then send an email to support your concerns. 

If someone is bullying you or a family member or friend, put together a meeting with everyone involved, including parents. Have the meeting somewhere public like a school if needed.  Pretending it will go away is dangerous. 

Lasers on guns should be used as a deterrent, not for accuracy. In an emergency that little dot will be everywhere. Practice with your firearm without the laser first. 

Flashlights on firearms are a great accessory. In the case of an emergency you will have a free hand to open doors. 

Home defense weapons need to take neighbors into consideration. A .308 rifle might be too much but a .410 revolver or shotgun may be perfect and will not go through walls. 

Remember knowledge is power and your opinions may be the first step to making things better. 


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.