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Today's Opinions

  • Ditch issues

    To the editor: At the February Town of Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commissioner Gere Dale publicly chastised the residents of the Village at Calabash development for expressing their feelings they were being unfairly treated economically. He then went on to point out the Village received services in the form of road repair and street lighting approximately equal to the property taxes collected from the development, and therefore the Villagers had no right to complain.

  • Questioning Holden Beach

    To the editor: After reviewing the minutes from the Town of Holden Beach’s last meeting, it makes me wonder. They claim to have a certificate of occupancy for the EOC building on Dec. 9, 2008, which allows them to use the building, deemed finished, but they have apparently not paid the contractor and have contacted his bonding company and are likely to attempt to receive a “settlement.”

    If the building is complete and I have seen them use it, why was the contractor not paid?

  • Calabash UDO response

    To the editor:

    In response to commissioner Distasio’s letter last week, I need to clear up a few comments.

    There is no doubt by now who thinks they run this town. The evidence is clear enough. Let it be known commissioners Emily Distasio, Cecelia Hennan and John Melahn think they run this town.

    With a 3-2 vote on every issue, they thought they could just push this UDO on us and we would just accept it and not do anything. Well, surprise, surprise: We are fighting back.

  • Self breast exams, mammograms important for women

    Brunswick Beacon Advertising Director Angie Sutton never imagined she, at age 37, would be diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The active mother and businesswoman didn’t have any “first-degree” relatives who suffered from the disease, and because she was younger than 40, she wasn’t in the age group suggested to receive annual mammograms.

  • Legislature should focus on key issues this session

    With state representatives and senators now convened in Raleigh, it’s imperative elected officials focus on important issues for the constituents they represent.

  • Speak out about bill to outlaw gas chambers at animal shelters

    Brunswick County Rep. Bonner Stiller has teamed with other legislators in support of a bill that would outlaw the use of gas chambers at animal shelters in North Carolina. The push for this bill has been a grassroots effort as animal lovers throughout the state joined together to fight for this change.

    If the bill is to be successful, supporters in this and other counties will have to be vocal about making it a priority for the state legislature this session.

  • Volunteering ain’t what it used to be

    Volunteering your time, talents and money to help others is one of the noblest things you can do. “Paying it forward,” everyone giving back a little of what they’ve been blessed with helps everyone.

    But with the latest generation of retirees staying busy with second careers, part-time jobs, family obligations and the like, the old ways of volunteering just aren’t as appealing.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.