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Today's Opinions

  • Making HOAs and POAs work better

    Most people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and friendly. They also want to be able to do what they want with the property where they live, while at the same time making sure their neighbors do not do anything that negatively impacts their quality of life or property value.

  • Tribute to Holdens is deserved

    It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.

    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.

    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • Here's the skinny on fending off scammers

    If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.

  • Justice may be closer for Jaronn

    It’s a shame most of us only got to know Jaronn Ladale McAllister because of his violent death March 1, 2012.

    The 3-year-old Shallotte boy was full of the unlimited potential all small children have, and someone cruelly robbed it from him, from us.

    It’s been a long time coming ­— far too long, some say — but at last someone is being held responsible for killing him.

  • Clarification on Sunset Beach swimming pools

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

    I ran for the office of mayor of Sunset Beach to help fairly and effectively handle issues that face our town with minimal drama and, yes, transparency. It’s my privilege to serve in that capacity.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week was the final week of the 2013-14 session. The only thing that can bring us back is a special session called by the governor. The session this year lasted from mid-May until last Wednesday, Aug. 20. We had hoped to be finished by July 4, but negotiations on the budget and other major subjects kept us in session for about three months. The next session for 2015-16 begins in mid-January.

  • Immunizations for Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, for many years has built a reputation for providing reliable, unbiased information about Medicare. Housed in the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers by phone and in person in all 100 counties of the state.

  • Think kindly of good journalists

    Every time I hear someone blame news media for any or all of the world’s ills, I want to shake him.

    I can’t say all journalists are free of bias, or report data correctly at all times, or act completely without malice, or that sharing news to serve the common good is their sole motivation, because it’s not true.