Today's Opinions

  • Let us always remember POW/MIA military service members

    As controversy churns over professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem at sporting events and what it says about our country’s values less than a month after we marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is very likely far too many Americans failed to observe Sept. 15 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

    Members of VFW Post 8866 in Holden Beach and VFW Post 7288 in Calabash were among the local residents who made sure our prisoners of war and service members missing in action were not forgotten.

  • It is not too late to prepare for 2017 hurricane season

    Even before Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wrought their devastation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be extremely active — maybe the most active since 2010. In the first nine weeks of the 2017 season, which runs through Nov. 30, there were six named storms — twice as many as would typically form by early August.

  • Earlier Sunday alcohol sales make sense

    Gov. Roy Cooper on June 30 signed Senate Bill 155, called the “brunch bill” because it allows the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays with local government approval, into law.

    The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association lobbied hard for passage of the bill, touted by its sponsors as an added boost to the state’s hospitality and tourism industries.

  • Jinks Creek ecosystem needs total protection

    To the editor:

    One topic raised during the March 5 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting was dredging Jinks Creek, the natural tidal creek in the tidal marsh off of the east end of the island.

    The tidal marshes and creeks are the richest ecosystem on earth. They are filled with flora and fauna that depend on this unique habitat to survive. This is where sea turtles spend the first two years of their life before heading to the open sea.

  • ‘Dictatorial council’ rules Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    It happened last Monday night about 8 p.m. in Sunset Beach Town Hall. After a lengthy closed session, the council returned to the main hall and councilman Mark Benton made a motion to fire Town Administrator Susan Parker. Mayor Robert Forrester asked each of the three council members who favored the motion why and they replied that they wanted to take the town in a different direction. When asked what that would be, none of the three (Benton, Rich Cerrato or Jan Harris) had an answer for it.

  • Commercial cabana ban will be more costly than it seems

    To the editor:

    My family and I, including four grandchildren, vacation at Sunset Beach every year. We always rent a cabana because it would be impossible for us to bring one with us since we have a distance to travel. Rental is our only option.

    We are reminded constantly about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. Having sun protection, especially with little children, is absolutely essential.

  • Call for an end to seismic testing

    To the editor:

    Seismic testing’s deafening noise threatens marine mammals and ocean ecosystems. The air guns used for testing have been shown to impact whales and has led to a dramatic decline in tuna production.

  • Cabana ban is an inferior, unnecessarily hurtful policy

    To the editor:

    Is Sunset Beach going to set up a hiring hall to connect apparently plentiful, affordable, reliable, honest and willing kids with this non-local 70-year-old to work split-day hours to set up and take down his cabana six times a week?