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Today's Opinions

  • Exceeding speed limits is always unlawful

    Social media was abuzz last week about theN.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s latestcampaign to crack down on motorists who speed on state roads.

    “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” was billed as an enforcement blitz scheduled between March 24 and April 3 to target drivers who violate speed limits.

  • Beach maintenance, renourishment requires a team effort

    Last week, residents of and visitors to the East Coast received word the Obama administration’s newest version of a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and natural gas drilling does not include plans for oil and natural gas leasing activity in the Southern Atlantic region.

    While the decision certainly helps preserve the ecological integrity of North Carolina’s shoreline, the issue of maintaining and renourishing Brunswick County beaches must remain a priority at the local and state levels.

  • Students should be safe from hate at school

    It is perfectly reasonable for the parents and guardians of children who attend Brunswick County Schools to expect students to be able to learn in a safe, nurturing environment.

    What happened last Wednesday, March 9, at West Brunswick High School, when five students caused a racially charged disruption using a Confederate flag, shows that is not always the case.

  • Communication breakdowns offer teachable moments

    Last Thursday night, I returned to the office to finish a few tasks I didn’t complete before my dinner date with my high school boyfriend’s parents here in Shallotte.

    Robert and Kathy Hall, of King, have known me most of my life, starting when I dated their only child back in the ‘80s. They, like Keith, have been my dear friends since then. These days, they venture to Brunswick County with members of their church at least once a year. Ever since I moved here almost three years ago, they’ve made a point of treating me to dinner during their visit.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.

  • Remembering their sacrifice

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    Every year on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

    Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security. It is also a time to thank our veterans who have served as well as our men and women in uniform who are serving.