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Today's Opinions

  • Carolina Shores: No need for a gazebo

    To the editor:

    Just when one thought that the town of Carolina Shores’ elected officials had sunk to a new low of responsibility, they recently made a couple of decisions that lowers that negative bar even further.

    At their February meeting, they discussed firming the specs and entertaining bids for a gazebo costing approximately $13,000-15,000 to be constructed on town hall property. A gazebo? For what practicable purpose?

  • Thanks for help with princess ball

    To the editor:

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) would like to thank Brunswick County Parks and Recreation for partnering with us for the third annual Little Princess Ball on Feb. 5. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout from the community. More than 160 attended in Southport; 250 in Bolivia (sold out)–that’s more than 400 girls and men coming together to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

  • Doesn’t think port is what is needed

    To the editor:

    Apparently, the debate continues about the “benefits” of the proposed mega-port in Southport with the formation of two new groups supporting the project.

    Yes Port wants a feasibility study costing taxpayers, conservatively, $10 million, on top of the $40 million already spent on this misguided project. The Savannah River project feasibility study has been going on for more than 10 years and is currently at a cost of $40 million.

  • Sign Sunset Beach park petition

    To the editor:

    It is amazing and encouraging so many Sunset Beach residents have come forward to sign and help with our petition in opposition of the town purchasing property for a park. Maybe there is a silent majority that isn’t so silent anymore. 

    If you are interested, call Brian Blaine at 579-4019 or Gene Method at 575-4214.

    Brian Blaine

    Sunset Beach

  • Doesn’t want to pay to park at beach

     To the editor:

    There is no doubt that finding places to park on Sunset Beach, especially on hot summer days, has always been a challenge for those of us who do not actually own or rent a home on the island, and it is no doubt true the new bridge has made it faster for everyone to get on and off the island.

  • Doesn’t want to pay to park at beach

     To the editor:

    There is no doubt that finding places to park on Sunset Beach, especially on hot summer days, has always been a challenge for those of us who do not actually own or rent a home on the island, and it is no doubt true the new bridge has made it faster for everyone to get on and off the island.

  • We support measure to strengthen public records laws

    A North Carolina House bill that has passed first reading could lead to a constitutional amendment that would further protect citizens’ rights to public information.

    House Bill 87, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Stephen A. LaRoque, R-Kinston, and Tim Moore, R-Kings Mountain, was filed earlier this month and passed first reading Monday. The bill aims to amend the state constitution to protect the public’s right to know.

  • Even ‘Robert’ has to follow the law, not just own rules

    As a government reporter, I sit through a lot of meetings. I mean, a lot of meetings. So many so that sometimes I would rather bang my head against the wall than sit through another meeting, but alas, I continue.

    Hyperbole aside, some meetings are more painful than others—not physically painful, but emotionally painful—frustrating, if you will.

    I have made a steadfast commitment to being a proponent of freedom of information. I consider myself a student of the North Carolina Open Meetings and Public Records laws.