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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for Brunswick Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    More than 100 motorcyclists and classic car drivers participated in the 24th annual Toy Run, which started and ended at Wal-Mart in Shallotte on Dec. 10. Toy Run representatives took more than 100 Brunswick County children of Brunswick Family Assistance shopping at Wal-Mart, spending $13,000 on their gifts.

    The winner of the 2016 Toy Run raffle was Joe Smith. Thanks to all who bought tickets.

    Thanks to Supply businesses A-1 Hitch & Trailer for donating the trailer and G&E Golf Cars for discounting the golf cart.

  • Sunset Beach needs long-term vision

    To the editor:

    As a longtime visitor and homeowner in Sunset Beach, I am continually amused by the shenanigans of the town council. I have never seen an elected body that knows less about their own rules and regulations. If their public conversation is any indication, I can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors with this group.

    2016 will be a banner year for the town’s elected representatives with the cabana ban and unban, the property zoning disputes, dredging decisions and many other issues. I have little hope 2017 will be any better.

  • Thanks for supporting Wreaths Across America effort

    To the editor:

    Every year on a given day in December, veterans groups, active duty military, public officials, Gold Star Mothers, Daughters of the American Revolution, JROTC students, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Scouts, Rolling Thunder and the general public gather at the National Cemetery on Market Street in Wilmington to pay respects to those in their final resting place.

  • BRSI seeks pest control help for senior citizens

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) Case Management Team, as it assesses the needs of seniors in our communities, has identified a great need to provide pest control services to seniors living in homes where pests are threatening the senior’s self-sufficiency, personal health and safety.

    Treatment for pests such as bed bugs can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,400 per home. Pest control is not a budgeted item for seniors living on a fixed income, and BSRI is asking for your help with funding to assist seniors in critical need.

  • Naloxone can save local lives

    To the editor:

    The use of naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the life-threatening depression of the respiratory system. It allows an overdose victim to breathe normally.

    Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, naloxone can be administered by lay people or members of the public, making it ideal for treating heroin and other opioids overdoses. The training is simple and use of naloxone results in a life saved.

  • Cabanas should be banned

    To the editor:

    Regarding cabanas on Sunset Beach, I am the councilman who presented the motion to ban cabanas. I did so for a variety of reasons: Safety, as reported by our fire department, whose members now spend an inordinate amount of time mediating cabana disputes; overcrowding on the beaches; councils’ failure to fix the problem while creating more confusion with layers of regulations; and other towns banning cabanas without loss of revenues.

  • Is God in control?

    To the editor:

    Satan had to be allowed by God to test Job (Job 1:6-22). Job was blameless (not sinless) in God’s eyes. When he was tested, he never cursed God, but praised him. God blessed Job after he passed the test.

    I have heard people ask why does a loving God allow disaster and disease. My answer is maybe hell is worse than any tragedy we may face. A book was written, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Dr. R.C. Sproul responds: “Where are the good people?”

  • A Nomad’s Notes: As requested, two ways to make things better

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column “Love Trumps Hate” to try to lift spirits after Nov. 8, which concluded a bitter presidential election that disgusted so many people.

    Not long after that, both my editor and I received the exact same letter from a man urging me not to lump all Donald Trump supporters together (I didn’t, and don’t) and asked what I would recommend he do to make it better for me.

    I’ll tell him and I’ll tell you: nothing extraordinary.