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Today's Opinions

  • Be safe this holiday weekend

    The roads and beaches are bustling in Brunswick County, signifying one of the busiest weeks of the season is here. With visitors coming into the community, it’s an important time for all of us to remember to have fun but be safe this Fourth of July weekend.

    If you’re looking for some free family fun, several communities—from Bald Head Island to Southport and south down to Ocean Isle Beach and Calabash—will have parades, fireworks and more.

  • Family-friendly activities will light up Brunswick County this Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July holiday weekend is, for many, a weekend about fun, family and friends. It’s a time when grills get fired up early in the day and bellies are stuffed with all types of food from sunup to sundown.

    For many, events are centered around a family member’s or friend’s backyard. Others use the holiday weekend as a good excuse for a getaway, a time to coordinate a much-needed vacation with good weather and an extra day off work.

  • Street talk makes for hot topics in towns

    Maybe it’s the heat, or the humidity. Or maybe it’s just that hot time of year—it is summertime, isn’t it?—when problems seem to sprout up out of nowhere.

    Jack Butcher can vouch for that—he’s got grass growing through the street in front of his house on Court 11 off Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores.

    Butcher is blaming faulty paving for the fault, but the town has indicated it’s not at fault.

    Well, somebody must be to blame, especially where it involves government.

  • Some parents go too far when it comes to giving their children what they want

    It’s great to see parents willing to do anything for their children—legal things, that is.

    Of course, every so often we hear of these oddball parents who break the law, going above and beyond, to make sure their precious angels get exactly what they want.

    Remember Texan suburbanite Wanda Holloway, who was arrested and later sentenced for hiring a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter’s biggest rival on the school’s cheerleading squad?

  • Thanks for help with food drive

    To the editor: On June 27, Brunswick Plantation conducted its first food drive to benefit the needy of our county through Brunswick Family Assistance.

    We collected an outstanding 1,643 pounds of food along with cash donations. We had a tremendous turnout of volunteers along with excellent cooperation from our board of directors and facilitators staff.

    Most of all, I wish to thank the generous residents of our great community who are always ready to meet the challenge and help the needy. We are so proud to be residents of this wonderful community.

  • Disagrees with publishing mug shots

    To the editor: After reading your lead story, “Prostitution sting” by Kathryn Jacewicz, I am compelled to comment.

    It seems gratuitously unkind to place mug shots of the women who were arrested, as well as their names and addresses. Nowhere in the article could I find the names, pictures or addresses of the owners of the clubs, or of the clients who were participating in these illegal acts.

  • Doesn't want to be annexed by St. James

    To the editor: I want to make clear I have no animosity toward the people in the St. James community. I’m sure at least 85 percent of the people of St. James would like to remain a gated community and enjoy their beautiful development.

    A note of interest:

    1. St. James became a gated town, because you did not want to be annexed by Oak Island. How ironic 10 years later.

    2. You have enjoyed receiving our state and county taxes for 10 years and offer what?

    3. The county sold you land at a token price to help you become a real town with our tax money.

  • Don't cut assistant positions

    To the editor: If the Brunswick County School System must make budget cuts, it would be a tragic mistake to eliminate teacher assistants, especially those in the early primary grades.

    As a former educator, I have observed firsthand the vital role these hard-working people play in the education process during the formative years.