Today's Opinions

  • Comments may not have made it to town hall

    To the editor:

    I know there is a controversy in the town of Sunset Beach on exactly how many people voiced support for saving the old swing bridge. I recently learned the town’s website had a wrong link address under their “Contact Us” option, then “Town Hall General Email.” The address is now corrected.

    Therefore, I feel there is now a new light on how many support or oppose saving the bridge. Myself and others I know have sent opinions to this link, and now we find they never got to the town officials.

  • Lung Cancer Awareness month

    To the editor:

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and pearl is our color.

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among every ethnic group, accounting for one out of every three cancer deaths. It is also the least funded. Lung cancer will kill:

    •More people than the next four deadly cancers combined.

    •More than three times as many men as prostate cancer.

    •Nearly twice as many women as breast cancer.

    •An average of 437 people a day.

  • Want to get scared? There’s plenty to do in the area for Halloween

    It’s no secret how much I love the fall, the month of October, Halloween and everything scary, fun and shocking about the paranormal.

    I cut my journalism teeth while I was a page designer at my first newspaper by doing a series of fun stories on supposedly haunted locations in my hometown.

    My thrill for all things scary—albeit not gory—followed me here to Brunswick County. While I’ve had fewer opportunities to creep around in old buildings hoping to see or hear something unexplained, I still love this time of year.

  • Don’t miss the 30th annual Oyster Festival

    This weekend Brunswick County’s Oyster Festival will celebrate 30 years of honoring the community’s coastal heritage.

    From live music and dancing to oyster-related contests and all the food you can eat, there will be plenty of activities for people of all ages Saturday and Sunday.

    If you haven’t been to an Oyster Festival event, plan to go this year. You’ll meet a lot of good people and get a chance to share in a celebration of all things Brunswick County.

  • Survey is a good first step for preservation

    Last year, Brunswick County made a financial investment to begin a process to help preserve some of the county’s historic places.

    In the fall of 2009, local history enthusiasts joined county officials to take a comprehensive look at the historic places and buildings within Brunswick County.

    Last week, results of that survey were shared with Brunswick County commissioners.

    After a lot of hard work, knocking on doors and talking to people, it was determined the county has about 500 historic properties of note.

  • Loud crowds, ‘Fantanos’ and getting answers: it’s all in a day’s work

    Wow. When I signed on to be moderator of the Meet the Candidates Night, I knew things could get interesting.

    Just days before early voting began, and one of the last scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and GOP challenger Ilario Pantano, I was prepared for things to get heated.

    I’m on the Pantano camp’s e-mail list as a member of the press, but I also receive the e-mails they send out to their volunteers and supporters, so I know they ask people to show up to debates, bring friends, bring signs and be loud—very loud.

  • Thanks for supporting troops

    To the editor:

    I am currently serving my first tour in Afghanistan with the United States Army. My unit consists
    of about 150 soldiers. We would like to thank the American Legion Post 503 in Calabash for adopting our unit and providing us with all the comforts of home.

  • Help support fire department

    To the editor:

    At the monthly town meeting, Carolina Shores commissioners Dunn and Przywara, in collaboration with the mayor, defeated a motion to contribute the remaining $3,000 due to the Calabash Fire Department, in conjunction with a town commitment to help fund firefighter salaries related to an awarded Safer Grant.