Today's Opinions

  • Kick off school year with kindness

    To the editor:

    While visiting my grandparents in Ocean Isle Beach, my grandmother read the article below to me that she had seen on Facebook with suggestions for how to get your school year off to a good start. It’s all about being nice to classmates and how to make them feel more comfortable at the beginning of school. My grandfather had the idea that printing this information in the newspaper might be helpful for all kids going back to school soon.

  • Family grateful for project help

    To the editor:

    This is an open letter of gratitude to the following gentlemen — Leamon Clemmons, Phil Dyson and Dave Morse — who loaned their time and talents to help me in my time of need. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. We could not have got this project completed without your sweat, strength and willingness to lend a hand.

    There are still some good people left in this world.


    Doug Moody and family


  • Thank you for show of kindness

    To the editor:

    I have just got to let people of Brunswick County know of the kindness shown to me. I have been in Shallotte for about four years. Love this area!

    I have had an injury to my knee for the last month or so. Walking is so hard for me. I was in Food Lion on Aug. 20 and the employees saw that I was having trouble walking. They offered their help to me. I thank them for their consideration and kindness.

  • Drivers’ intelligence affects safety

    To the editor:

    Referencing both Michael Jones’ letter (lack of turn signal use) in the Aug. 14 edition and Charlie Schorpp’s letter (use of cell phones while driving) in the Aug. 21 edition, I have a question for them: Why are there more accidents on the roads today than in the horse-and-buggy days?

    Answer: In the horse-and-buggy days, you did not have to depend solely on the intelligence of the driver.


    Mac Fields

    Sunset Beach

  • Roundabout requires safe navigation

    To the editor:

    Now that the Sunset Beach roundabout is a permanent feature, it’s important that drivers learn how to correctly operate their vehicles in the traffic circle. The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers a handy pamphlet available online, “Your Guide to Understanding Roundabouts,” and I highly recommend it.

  • Go right ahead and pass me by

    I have to warn you, I am now the slowest river on the road.

    If you are trying to get somewhere quickly, I’ll be over in the right lane. Don’t mind me.

    I don’t know if I’m finally starting to get used to the way things work around here or if I’ve just given up on the tenets the high school football coaches/driver’s education instructors taught me in summer school.

    But I’m just going to go with it from here on out.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.

  • Carolina Shores recycle center a ‘disaster’

    To the editor:

    I just returned from my first trip to the recycle center Carolina Shores since Jerry Franklin is no longer at the site. I can sum this up in one word: disaster. The guy who was there did absolutely nothing and could not care less about what people were doing. The recycle container was overflowing (throw stuff in one side and it comes out the other side) and I saw a vacuum cleaner in there as well — no checking of stickers, no nothing.