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Today's Opinions

  • Center should be centrally located

    To the editor: I have kept quiet up until now, but seeing it in the Brunswick County tax budget has made me want to speak up.

    Whose idea was it to build a Brunswick County senior center in Southport?

    What percentage of Brunswick County’s seniors live in the Southport area? Whatever that percentage, they are the seniors with the most revenue available. How many of the other seniors in the county can afford the gas to go to Southport to take advantage of a senior center?

  • Speed bumps problematic

    To the editor: What’s the difference between a speed bump and a speed hump?

    A bump is designed for cars traveling between 2-5 mph. A hump has a gentler design for vehicles moving from 5-10 mph. Speed humps are typically applied to residential streets where speed limits don’t exceed 25 miles per hour. Both are referred to as “traffic calming” methods.

  • Surf fishing workshops set at aquarium

    It’s a beautiful time of year to take up fishing, particularly fishing in the surf—one of the most enjoyable ways to obtain the “catch of the day” and enjoy spending time at the beach.

    Some of my favorite beach memories of childhood are sitting with my family on the east end of Oak Island waiting for blues to catch our bait.

    Being a child, I didn’t have to worry about all the unglamorous parts of the adventure, and these days, I would have no idea how to get started. I’m sure others are the same way.

  • Thanks to organizers for free events

    The time has never been better to get out and enjoy events and places in Brunswick County. Whether you’re a full-time resident, a part-time resident, or a vacationer, you’ll quickly see there is much to do in our community.

    While a number of businesses and entertainment groups put on some outstanding productions, some of the very best things to see and do here are events put on by a broad base of community volunteers. From theater productions and musicals to art shows and weekend festivals, from May until October, Brunswick County is hopping.

  • Tragic anniversaries often bring up difficult and painful memories

    An anniversary, by definition, is the yearly occurrence of a past event.

    For many, anniversaries are happy occasions. They are celebrated for marking important occasions in people’s lives. Couples celebrate relationship milestones by rejoicing in anniversaries of a first date, a first kiss or the day marital vows were taken.

  • Senior projects can have lasting effects on students' lives

    Back when I was a senior in high school—which was only six years ago—we didn’t have to do senior projects like the kids do these days. In fact, I can’t even remember doing a research paper at all that year. All I can remember from Mr. W’s English class is sitting in between my friends Liz and Aimee, and watching Martin Graham nearly pass out after putting an entire pack of those Listerine dissolving breath strips on his tongue. Trust me, he turned a shade of white I’d never seen before.

  • Save on gas, save on your mind

    Now that filling up the tank has become a major decision—food or fuel? Getting home or paying for a home?—I think many of us can appreciate ways to conserve gas and our sanity any way we can.

    Road hogs—you know who you are—now have an opportunity to downshift to a slower place to reduce fuel usage.

    The other day, I was crawling home at 50 mph as part of my new plan to decrease gas use and tick off everybody behind me in the process. It was kind of fun as long as nobody gets road rage.

  • Reader concerned about Carolina Shores speed hump plan

    I read with interest the article describing the budgetary requirements of Carolina Shores pertaining to police and speed bumps. It was interesting to see $50,000 referred to as a “drop in the bucket” and an outlay of a “huge amount” mentioned for future police establishment.