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Today's Opinions

  • Accreditation demonstrates promise and potential of efforts in county schools

    When a team from AdvancED, a national nonprofit that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States, came to Brunswick County to assess the public school district in 2012, its findings revealed communication breakdowns at almost every level.

    The results also helped establish a foundation for improvement.

    Now, five years later, it seems Brunswick County Schools have not only strengthened that foundation, but also built upon it.

  • Developer should go to court, not Rabon

    Sunset Beach annexed property where Sunset Creek Commons was built, on the town’s mainland, nine years ago at its owners’ request.

    Now its current developer, Holly Smith, wants it back out of the town because of what she claims are exorbitant inspection fees.

    Instead of taking the matter to court, as most people would have to do, Smith has called upon Sen. Bill Rabon — again — to make it happen.

  • Forum brings social issues to forefront

    So many problems in our society can be traced to the same roots: a lack of resources, a lack of options, a lack of assistance, and, perhaps worst of all, a lack of hope, along with an overabundance of pain and suffering. All have to be addressed in order for these problems to be eradicated.

    But before any of that can happen, the problems must be acknowledged.

    Those who work in the health, law enforcement and social services professions have been on the front lines of fighting our community’s heroin and opiate drug epidemic since it began.

  • County sinks derelict boats problem

    side from becoming eyesores and creating dangerous obstacles for currents, aquatic creatures and other watercraft, abandoned boats can pollute waterways with leftover fuel, oil, battery acid and other hazardous chemicals.

    A lack of environmental consciousness has not been the only reason so many have left their boats behind to rot in our waters. In fact, the main cause likely has been a lack of repercussions or deterrents within Brunswick County ordinances.

  • Brunswick Guarantee benefits all

    While budget talks at the national and state levels have focused on cutting bureaucracy and trimming spending, Brunswick County is already leading by example with the creation of Brunswick Guarantee.

    The county and the state had been providing the same funds to Brunswick Community College until two years ago, when the county eliminated the duplication of funds. But the college — and, more specifically, its students — bore the brunt of the funding reduction.

  • Be smart about alligator encounters in and around our county

    It is normal to see alligators in coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida, but rarely are they orange. Brunswick County has boasted two of them in the past two months, making national news along with one sighted in Hanahan, S.C., in early February. Aside from these unusual specimens, the largest reptile in North America remains relatively unchanged since prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

  • Fire fee increases are worth our safety

    Brunswick County may be one of the largest counties in North Carolina, but it is no different than the 99 other counties when it comes to the state of fire and rescue services. All counties have fewer volunteers than before, but more costs to provide fire protection.

  • Support Matthew 25 Center endeavor

    The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported last December an estimated 2,173,800 people were either under the jurisdiction of state or federal prisons or in the custody of local jails at year-end 2015 in the United States.

    North Carolina’s state prison population as of Feb. 24 was 36,700 people; for the Brunswick County Detention facility that day, 290 people were incarcerated. Most of these people are likely to be released at some point, whether on bail or after serving their time.