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Today's Opinions

  • Town council disrespects annual festival

    To the editor:

    Once again, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Richard Cerrato is engaging in “fake news.” At the Sept. 19 council meeting, when discussing the Sunset at Sunset (SAS) festival, Cerrato stated, “The festival is paid for by taxpayers.” Nothing could be further from the truth!

  • Shallotte businesses shine after trip

    To the editor:

    My wife and I chose Shallotte as our jumping-off point for our adventure to view the total solar eclipse at McClellanville, S.C., last month.

    We spent the night of Aug. 20 at the Days Inn at 3670 Express Drive in Shallotte. It was a pleasant stay, and we hurriedly left early in the morning to beat the rush of traffic and find a good spot to sit and wait for the sky to turn dark.

  • Act of kindness is a blessing

    To the editor:

    Daily we hear and see negativity that surrounds us. I choose to look for and remember the blessings in life. Often we are rewarded to have done this.

    On Sept. 6, a friend and I had been in town running errands. We stopped at the drive-thru at Taco Bell. When we pulled up to the window to pay for and pick up our food, we were astonished when we were told the lady in the car in front of us had paid for our food. Since we couldn’t thank her, I thanked God for sending an angel to us. He is worthy to be praised.

  • Base park use fees on facts

    To the editor:

    The future of our Sunset Beach Waterfront Market may be decided shortly. I would like to respond to Leslie D. Bowers’ letter in the Sept. 21 edition. She eloquently expressed what many of my neighbors and friends are saying: “As elected officials, please verify your information ... don’t make decisions based on hearsay ... do your homework and listen to your constituents.” I second that motion.

  • No need for tethering ban under ordinance

    To the editor:

    On the surface, banning tethering in Brunswick County seems reasonable. Evil dog abusers are using logging chains to chain dogs to trees to slowly starve to death, suffer weeks in the heat or cold and worse.

    There are many reasons why the ban would be counter-productive, ineffective and, frankly, would make “enemies” of the other side for no good reason. This issue is a microcosm of the Democrat and Republican modus operandi (usual shenanigans) at the national level.

  • Where to find smiles, love and companionship

    To the editor:

    Need a smile today? Here’s one. Last week, a boy named Jason and a chocolate Labrador named Toby found each other at Tiki Paws, a kennel on N.C. 130, when his family went there to adopt a rescue. It was love at first sight!

    Jason declared Toby would be his best friend forever. Toby wagged his tail so hard he could barely stand.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, we had a big part of the N.C. House of Representatives right here in Brunswick County. House Speaker Tim Moore was in Brunswick County all day Sept. 13. It was my privilege to help arrange his schedule and show him around. When we found out he would be able to come to a couple of events here, we made sure that he stayed busy and saw as many parts of the county as possible.

  • In remembrance of my lifelong friend, Nikki Smith

    I thought by now it might be easier for me to write that my friend, Nikki Smith, died suddenly the night of Sept. 9 of complications from a chronic brain disorder.

    It isn’t.

    What comes much more naturally is telling the world about the light she brought into my life.

    Nikki and I first met when we were second-graders in Mrs. Dottie Saffer’s class at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School. I can’t recall many details from that year, but I remember Nikki went out of her way to be my friend.