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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • North Carolina is regressing

    To the editor:

    I retired in North Carolina thinking it was a great state to live out the rest of my life.

    Today I am not so sure, now that registered voters have to show a picture ID or they are turned away and not allowed to vote and everyone has to show a birth certificate in order to go to a restroom.

    It seems like a police state rather than the warm, friendly one I thought it was 25 years ago.

    Susan Scherer

    Shallotte

  • Building on land you don’t own

    To the editor:

    Once again certain members of Sunset Beach’s planning board and town council have shown their stupidity. Everyone except these few people know that you cannot build on land you don’t own.

    But if they get their way, reasonable people (me included) will build structures on the driveways of Lou De Vita, Carol Scott, Pete Larkin, Grady Richardson and Len Steiner to block them from getting to meetings. Under their proposal, they would have no recourse, as we can build without owning their lands.

  • Thank you for Brunswick Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    Just want to say thanks to our sponsors and the 60 participants of the Brunswick County Toy Run’s Spring Poker Run.

    The event started at Wal-Mart and was escorted 50 miles by Brunswick County Sheriff Office to Brunswick Island Baptist Church where we enjoyed lunch donated by the church.

    We were able to raise $3,000 to help finance our Christmas shopping with children from Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • Vote in honor of our service members

    To the editor:

    Memorial Day is the day we set aside as a nation to remember those who have served our country in war and peacetime. It is also the time to consider who our next president will be.

    Let us come together and remember the highest honor we can pay our service members is to vote in the next election. It is not only our duty and responsibility, but it is privilege.

    So many have given their all so we remain free to vote. So hold your nose, and vote.

    Mim McDermott

    Sunset Beach

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed two bills out of the House Transportation Committee dealing with ferries and with light rail projects; we honored our veterans with a resolution on the House floor; and we completed the individual sections of the House budget.