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Today's Opinions

  • Sept. 11 anniversary calls for reflection

    Most Americans can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing 13 years ago today. At the same time, for many of us, the day was a blur.

    The day we simply call 9/11, now observed as Patriot Day, was marked by four separate but coordinated attacks that established this timeline:

    Hijackers crashed the first plane into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City at 8:46 a.m.

    The second hijacked plane hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.

    The third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., at 9:37 a.m.

  • Name change could signal whole new image for Carolina Shores

    Do the “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores” need a name change?

    That was a suggestion a citizen had at last week’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    The idea, in fact, came from resident Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter, who previously served as mayor when the town was still “married up” with the neighboring town of Calabash, prior to their 1998 divorce, that is.

  • Venus flytraps vital to heritage

    On the surface, Venus flytrap poaching may seem like a victimless crime. The valuable vegetation adapts to being held in captivity as a houseplant, after all. But the reason lawmakers pushed this year to make stealing the plants from their native land — which includes Brunswick County — a felony is because our heritage is the true victim of this crime.

  • Economy, education issues threaten Brunswick County’s progress

    Two news items in this edition are cause for concern.
    One is the report that the North Carolina House defeated a bill last week that could have secured economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.
    The other is the report that the Brunswick County school district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year.

  • Be clear on oceanfront swimming pools issue

    Sunset Beach town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the oceanfront.

    The change is on a list of proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting. The proposal is to add swimming pools as a permitted use in all town zoning districts except mainland business MB2, which could pave the way for a public swimming pool.

  • Take extra care on wet roads

    Traveling along our roads lately has become more treacherous thanks to persistent rainy weather. It creates an added risk in Brunswick County, where it seems motorists are surrounded by waterways at all times.

    Although water is often visible on the surface of the road during and after a heavy rainfall, what motorists do not or cannot see is where the real danger lies.

  • Appreciate American art in August, year round

    While every month seems to be designated as the official observance for a particular cause, we would like to call attention to August as American Artist Appreciation Month.

  • Pruden sets school superintendent standard

    This time next year, Brunswick County Schools will likely have a new superintendent.

    We hope that person matches Edward Pruden’s caliber. While we have not agreed with everything he has done during his tenure as the school district’s leader for the past four years, it is obvious he genuinely cares about students and their success. It is the most important character trait a school system leader should have.