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Today's Opinions

  • Shell game with Brunswick taxes

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County is playing a shell game with its proposed tax increase.
    First, they propose charging for trash pick up to the tune of $147 per household. This charge is really a tax.
    Then they say they are dropping the tax rate by one cent. The two together amount to a rise in those whose home is valued at less than $600,000.
    On the other end of the scale, people with more expensive properties would see a tax decrease.

  • VA officials are missing a great opportunity in Brunswick County

    Veterans Affairs officials have really missed the boat on a grand opportunity right here in Brunswick County, and unfortunately it appears it is going to come at the expense of taxpayers.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has practically thrown the current Brunswick Community Hospital location at VA officials. County officials have offered to make VA officials a deal they couldn’t refuse for a new VA facility.

  • Pontoon bridge should be saved

    To the editors:
    The opinions of the majority of Sunset Beach residents must be voiced to understand their concern and frustration over the demolition of the Sunset Beach swing bridge.
    Residents feel the swing bridge is a historic monument, being the last swing bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway; therefore, it should be preserved for future generations.
    The Sunset Beach swing bridge is the icon of this entire town; it encompasses the town’s quaint, meaningful history and so should be kept largely intact.

  • Spring is here and so are the high pollen levels that come with it

     Spring has sprung in Brunswick County. 

    How do I know?

    Colors are bursting in our landscape. Reds, purples, pinks and whites are combining with varying shades of green.

    The brown ravages of winter are gone. 

    Birds are singing. The sky is bright blue. Temperatures are warm and everything—everything—is coated a nice shade of yellow-green. 

    It was a light dusting at first, but soon my once-white vehicle was coated so thoroughly, I thought for a moment I was getting into the wrong car.

  • Shell game with Brunswick taxes

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County is playing a shell game with its proposed tax increase.
    First, they propose charging for trash pick up to the tune of $147 per household. This charge is really a tax.
    Then they say they are dropping the tax rate by one cent. The two together amount to a rise in those whose home is valued at less than $600,000.
    On the other end of the scale, people with more expensive properties would see a tax decrease.

  • Wings of Love Prom Closet made possible by an army of angels

    After being introduced to the group of volunteers at the Wings of Love Prom Closet on Saturday, a friendly lady with a warm smile quickly approached me.

    “You need a name tag,” she said, quickly giving me a blank tag and a marker.

    “And you need one of these.”

    She handed me a card with a gold guardian angel pin stuck on it. I filled out my name tag, stuck it on and pinned the angel to my shirt. It wasn’t until later that I realized none of it would have been possible without the help of a few angels among us.

  • ‘Puma Travels to Italy’ the first book (of many?) for local author, illustrator

    Ever think about seeing the world from your pet’s perspective? What would they enjoy seeing and experiencing on a trip to Europe or South America?

    OK. Maybe you haven’t thought of that, but it’s the kind of thing your kids and grandkids may daydream about when they spend time with your dogs and cats.

    So what better way to introduce them to geography, history and reading than by telling stories about far-off places from a dog’s-eye-view?

  • Reader feedback, interaction important to newspaper's growth, survival

     When newspaper people get together, we often swap war stories about things that have happened to us in the business.

    Like many professionals who are proud, we sometimes talk about things we’ve done well, awards garnered, favorite pieces written, photos we’ll never forget and people who’ve shared amazing stories with us.