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Today's Opinions

  • Decision on terminal groin requires expertise

    To the editor:

    As a part-time oceanfront resident of Ocean Isle Beach, I have been aware of the ongoing controversy concerning the construction of a terminal groin at the east end of the beach, and I am familiar with these structures at Pawleys Island, S.C., which has a number of them.

  • Park use problem rooted in permit cost and duration

    For all the questions in recent weeks surrounding the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach in Sunset Beach Town Park, certain details are clear.

    No one dislikes the market.

    No one wants it to be discontinued.

    No one believes Waterway Markets LLC, consisting of market managers Chris Wilson, Susan Bradford and Carol Corbett and market partner Emily Shea, does a poor job of operating the market.

    No one has said Wilson, Bradford, Corbett and Shea are bad people; rather, they are viewed as savvy businesswomen.

  • Get ready for the total solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

    By Will Snyder

    Guest Columnist

    On Monday, Aug. 21, all eyes will look to the sky across the United States as the sun and moon perform an enchanting dance. Slowly, the sun seems to be consumed by darkness. Onlookers will gasp in awe as more and more of the sun seems to disappear until, finally, the sun ceases to shine.

  • Matters of the heart weigh heavily on the mind

    It’s Sunday evening, and I’m watching the “Harry Potter” movie marathon on Freeform (they seem to air one at least once a month, but I’m not complaining) to take my mind off recent troubles near and far.

  • Thank you for N.C. Vietnam veterans wall

    To the editor:

    I write to congratulate Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum and AMVETS leader Bill Clark for their efforts to bring the N.C. Vietnam veterans wall to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    The memorial is a tribute to the 1,615 servicemen and -women from Brunswick County who died in the Vietnam War. It is on the front lawn of the courthouse, where it will remain through the end of the year.

    The wall was built here in Brunswick County by the AMVETS of America using cash donations, volunteer time and donated products.

  • Michigan turn will not make intersection safer for all

    To the editor:

    Recently, I was informed a Michigan turn would be installed at the crossroad of Thomasboro and Pea Landing on U.S. 17. The reason given was the number of accidents. It is my opinion this will not decrease the number of accidents.

    The proposed Michigan turn will force bicyclists who regularly cross U.S. 17 at Pea Landing and Thomasboro to make right-hand turns and travel on U.S. 17, then cross three lanes of traffic to enter the Michigan turn, then travel back on U.S. 17 to enter Thomasboro or Pea Landing.

  • Dredging opinion is based on facts

    To the editor:

    Stop the deception!

    Fact: The proposed Sunset Beach Dredging Project comprises nearly 15,000 feet of canals.

    Fact: The original grant application submitted to the state by Sunset Beach Town Council to fund the proposed dredging project stated that the project comprised “maintenance” dredging with no mention of dredging new areas.

    Fact: Nearly one-third of the proposed project is for never-before dredged canals.

    Fact: Council has yet to ask taxpayers if they are willing to pay to dredge this new area.

  • Does Jesus know you?

    To the editor: