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Today's Opinions

  • Responding to Southern charm

    A Yankee can live in the South without being a “Willie off the Pickle Boat.” Here’s some perspective from someone whose family has lived in Brunswick County for more than a century.

  • Do you want bars or arms?

    o the editor:

    There is a South American country that is home to a small population of relatively poor, yet very peaceful people; however, for all their material lack and their peaceful nature, most all of their buildings do afford iron bars that cover every opening, for among them dwell some that are not so kind and not so gentle.

  • Is McIntyre afraid to have a debate?

    Is there a scheduled date for a debate in Fayetteville between Will Breazeale and Mike McIntyre for the District 7 Congressional seat? Is Mike McIntyre afraid to confront Will Breazeale?

  • Vacations are not always relaxing

    I have taken many types of vacations in my life, from an extended family two-van convoy to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to a honeymoon in Hawaii.

    All my vacations since becoming a mother have involved at least one trip to a zoo, and they’ve all been entertaining.

    But the kind of vacation I’m taking as you read this is not the typical one, even for me.

    In fact, it’s kind of a “working” vacation, as it were, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • A silver anniversary not to be missed

    Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since the Brunswick Little Theatre first staged a play in Brunswick County, and the community theater has been going strong ever since.

    Our county is lucky to have a talented “theater rat” like Stuart Callari, who got the group off the ground in 1983, directing “Brigadoon” at Hatch Auditorium.

    The Southport native and theater major was definitely in her element, directing all the group’s plays while it was still known as “The Brunswick Players” and performing at Hatch.

  • It's refreshing to see Brunswick through newcomers' eyes

    I love the people and places of Brunswick County. As a relative newcomer myself, I’m just now getting the chance to give tours to family and friends around this place I call home.

    With great weather officially here and the ocean waters warmed up, I have a list of people who are salivating at the chance to come down and visit. I’d like to think the lure of my company is what brings them here, but in reality, I understand the chance for a getaway to warm weather, sandy beaches and the ocean probably beckons a bit more than my inability to cook.

  • If your goal is to have a college degree, don't put it off

    The girls wore white dresses under their Carolina blue gowns and gathered at the old well.

    They posed for photographs wearing mortarboards and offered each other congratulatory hugs, their families looking on.

    The young men stood near one of the residence halls. They wore dress shirts, slack and ties, and carried their gowns on racks over their shoulders. Their families followed behind.

    Two girls stood in the rose garden near the sundial. Mirror images of one another they stood in the light blue cap and gown with blonde hair blowing in the wind.

  • Community newspapers like ours are changing for the better

    The news business is evolving, and as it does, we plan to evolve with it.

    More and more people are turning to the Internet to get their news, and we’re committed to making up-the-minute news accessible to our readers on our Web site.

    You’ve probably noticed some of the many changes on our Web site in the past few months.

    The Web site has many new features, including a reader comments section, audio clips and comprehensive information on on-going stories.

    But the biggest change to the site is when we update it—when news breaks.