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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help

    Thanks for help
    To the editor:
    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the sing at Old Shallotte Baptist Church on March 14 in my honor.
    It was truly an amazing event and an honor to see so many friends and family supporting me in this fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
    For those that could not attend, I would also like to thank you for your support, prayers, visits, cards and words of encouragement.

  • Thanks to 911 telecommunicators

    To the editor:
    I just wanted to say happy National Telecommunicators Week to all my coworkers at Brunswick County 911 Center.
    April 11-18 this year has been designated as Telecommunicators Week as it is every year. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough when you think about all the sacrifices telecommunicators make.

  • 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.