Today's Opinions

  • Death of coroner’s office aggrieves county

    The job of an elected coroner is to determine if a person’s death was the result of natural causes, whether the person died at his own hands or someone else’s or if the person’s death cannot be determined without further investigation, if at all.

    The coroner and his deputies not only provide investigative services with law enforcement and public safety officials, but they also render comfort to those who mourn the dead.

    Our state’s General Assembly last week decided that was a luxury Brunswick County could no longer afford.

  • Have a safe Fourth of July

    AAA predicts 2016 will be a record-setting year for Independence Day travel, with more than 1.8 million Carolinians people projected to take to our roads, waters and skies. AAA defines the holiday travel period as Thursday, June 30, to Monday, July 4.

  • Be aware of elder abuse

    As we begin our two-part series on scams in our community and how to fight against them, we feel it is important to call attention to one aspect of these crimes related to another type of crime: elder abuse.

    Brunswick County’s 65-and-older population in 2010 was 21.4 percent and grew to 27 percent in 2014, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

  • SB 875 would set harmful precedent

    A firestorm has erupted over Sen. Bill Rabon’s proposed Senate Bill 875, which seeks to de-annex three parcels from the town of Sunset Beach, since he filed it last month after notifying only one town official, Mayor Ron Watts.

  • Out and about and ready for Halloween

    Every so often, when the spirit moves me, I like to take our newsroom meetings on the road if for no other reason than to get out of the office for a bit. Most of the time, we’ll meet over lunch at one of Brunswick County’s many excellent eateries to talk about coverage plans for the next edition and discuss projects we have in the works.

  • The 84-word question

    By Bud Thorsen

    Guest Columnist

    Early voting has started in our county and the future of our school system is literally a checkmark away. The school bond question is on the last page of the ballot. It is an 84-word question. It is long and complicated but meets all of the legal requirements necessary to appear on the ballot.

    As a life-long Brunswick County resident and long-time member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, I have been thinking about our future and what this bond question is really asking the citizens of our great county.

  • Message on Holden Beach business sign is all too clear

    To the editor:

    I am a member of an extended family who has been vacationing at Holden Beach since 1971. This annual event is now made up of more than 30 members and we often stay two or more weeks, sometimes requiring the rental of four to five houses. We love it there and obviously over the years have made a substantial economic impact.

  • Recognize drug addiction as an illness

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Brunswick County Board of Commissioners candidate for district 5.

    To the editor:

    The question I keep asking myself is how much worse does it have to get before we start to change our approach? Currently, Wilmington is ranked as the No. 1 area in the U.S. for opiate abuse, according to a study published in mid-2016. This study, which compiled statistics for analysis, estimated 11.6 percent of the population in this region is classified as an opiate abuser.