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Today's Opinions

  • Support Matthew 25 Center endeavor

    The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported last December an estimated 2,173,800 people were either under the jurisdiction of state or federal prisons or in the custody of local jails at year-end 2015 in the United States.

    North Carolina’s state prison population as of Feb. 24 was 36,700 people; for the Brunswick County Detention facility that day, 290 people were incarcerated. Most of these people are likely to be released at some point, whether on bail or after serving their time.

  • School, district handle threats properly

    The safety of students in Brunswick County Schools is as paramount as their education. The response of school district and West Brunswick High School officials to two separate threats at the high school last Friday proves it.

    We take no pleasure in reporting this kind of news. We are happy to report, however, no one was injured in either case, and the perpetrators are being held responsible for their actions.

  • Hospice focuses on living a full life

    It is a fact of life: All of us will die someday. With that in mind, many people focus on the journey instead of the destination, choosing to live their lives to the fullest for as long as they possibly can.

    Mike Brewer of Leland is among those people, but it is not what makes him unique.

    A decline in his health began three years ago and has been marked by diagnoses of two autoimmune diseases as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, then finally stage 4 prostate cancer which metastasized to his bones.

  • Now is the time to speak on trails

    Those who missed the Brunswick County Planning Department Greenway, Bikeway, & Paddle Trail Plan final draft open house Jan. 30 still have time to offer feedback on walking trails, bike routes, paddle trails and resource preservation throughout the county.

  • Sunset Beach handles gun theft poorly

    There is no question Interim Sunset Beach Police Chief Joe Smith was the victim of a crime the first weekend in December at his home in Shallotte. 

    There is no question Sunset Beach citizens were, too.

    And if Smith and Town Administrator Susan Parker would have had their way, citizens would never have known it.

  • The only drink I need this summer

    I realize there are more pressing concerns about what Brunswick County residents are drinking, but that is a topic for a different section of the paper.

    I have a beverage issue that has needed addressing for a good long time now. Since summer officially arrived June 21, it’s time to strike while the temperature is hot.

    Four summers in Brunswick County plus another four decades of living in the South haven’t swayed me on the merits of sweet tea. No matter how sweet or cold it is, there will always be the limitation that it is made of tea.

  • Proposed roundabout would create more problems

    To the editor:

    The experience you described in your June 15 column illustrates my objections to the double roundabout proposed for the Smith Avenue/U.S. 17 interchange in Shallotte. In that case, if I’m reading maps right, there’s going to be two circles in the roundabout. The inner circle just going around so that anyone in it would have to move to the outer circle to exit the roundabout. Then you cross a bridge and enter into another roundabout.

  • Politics put trouble on our horizon

    To the editor:

    We have to face the plain and simple facts. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan did not win and Barack Obama and Joe Biden did. Republicans seemed bent on revenge, determined to insure Obama would not succeed as president.

    After eight years, it was time for a party change, voters said, so rather than having a female president, they elected a man with no experience, education or interest in government.