Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Let oceanfront property owners decide on pools

    To the editor:

    Thank you for your opinion about oceanfront pools at Sunset Beach, but it’s not clear to me is why anyone but oceanfront property owners should be concerned with this issue.

    My husband and I have owned an oceanfront house at Sunset Beach since 1985. While we would never want a pool on our acre of property mainly because of the high insurance costs associated with a pool, I feel my neighbors have every right to build one if they choose to do so.

  • Kick off school year with kindness

    To the editor:

    While visiting my grandparents in Ocean Isle Beach, my grandmother read the article below to me that she had seen on Facebook with suggestions for how to get your school year off to a good start. It’s all about being nice to classmates and how to make them feel more comfortable at the beginning of school. My grandfather had the idea that printing this information in the newspaper might be helpful for all kids going back to school soon.

  • Family grateful for project help

    To the editor:

    This is an open letter of gratitude to the following gentlemen — Leamon Clemmons, Phil Dyson and Dave Morse — who loaned their time and talents to help me in my time of need. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. We could not have got this project completed without your sweat, strength and willingness to lend a hand.

    There are still some good people left in this world.


    Doug Moody and family


  • Thank you for show of kindness

    To the editor:

    I have just got to let people of Brunswick County know of the kindness shown to me. I have been in Shallotte for about four years. Love this area!

    I have had an injury to my knee for the last month or so. Walking is so hard for me. I was in Food Lion on Aug. 20 and the employees saw that I was having trouble walking. They offered their help to me. I thank them for their consideration and kindness.