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Today's Opinions

  • Homelessness demands coordinated approach

    Loss of income, a loved one or health — any one of them can drive anyone from his or her home at any time. More often than not, advocates say, it is a combination of these factors that contributes to the homelessness of too many people in our county.
    No one takes pride in being homeless; in fact, pride often prevents those who need help the most from seeking it. But perhaps the most important point they — the homeless and those who speak out on their behalf — would like to share is this: Do not make the mistake of thinking it could never happen to you.

  • Water plant plans are clear

    It was last June when Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO approached Leland Town Council about rezoning property on Chappel Loop Road so it could become the site of a reverse osmosis plant. In July, H2GO officials took Leland council members and Mayor Brenda Bozeman on a tour of such a plant in Kill Devil Hills so they could see firsthand what H2Go’s plant would be like.

    The Leland board ultimately denied the request based on public misgivings over potential chemical, noise and light pollution and other disruptions to residential areas.

  • Shallotte poised for re-awakening

    Once upon a time, Shallotte might have been called a sleepy little Brunswick County town. Those days are over.

  • Consider school report card data carefully
  • Better heart health benefits everyone

    The heart became a symbol of St. Valentine’s Day, traditionally celebrated every Feb. 14, centuries ago in many countries. Fifty-one years ago, the United States took the symbol a step further by observing all of February as American Heart Month in an effort to promote better health.

  • BCC celebrates 30 years of small business support

    While officials are examining the potential for retail and other economic growth in Brunswick County using up-to-date data and input from residents as well as visitors, it is important to remember the overwhelming majority of the county’s employers are small businesses.

    The development of those entrepreneurial endeavors, here and across the Tar Heel State, have been supported for the past three decades by the Small Business Center (SBC) Network of the North Carolina Community College System.

  • Residents should dictate how tax dollars are spent

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is trying to determine how to proceed on upgrades to five of the county’s 13 parks without incurring debt or raising taxes.

    The process thus far has been pay-as-you go, with planned improvements to Town Creek, Waccamaw, Smithville District, Shallotte District and Ocean Isle Beach being ranked on the county’s yearly capital improvement plan (CIP). But not even a month into 2015, commissioners are quibbling over which of those parks should get first dibs on available funds.

  • Take flu epidemic seriously

    Most of the nation — including North Carolina — is in the throes of a flu epidemic, according to the latest map by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The situation is serious enough that it prompted Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to ask those who are not patients and younger than 18 to stay out of its facilities for now. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington soon followed suit, enacting a similar policy prohibiting those 12 and younger from visiting its locations.