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Today's Opinions

  • Town council must commit to Sunset at Sunset success

    To the editor:

    It is my understanding that a recommendation has resurfaced regarding the status of Sunset at Sunset. Removing the event from the town oversight is not accompanied by a definitive plan for the festival to be taken over by any other entity. Therefore, the festival would likely cease to exist.

  • Council should forever support Sunset at Sunset

    To the editor:

    There are certain things that make Sunset Beach the gem that it is: our beautiful beach, our community members, our smiling visitors, the great local stores, Sunset Beach Town Park, the Waterfront Market, the Old Bridge Museum and our town festival, Sunset at Sunset.

  • Sunset Beach should purge negativity

    To the editor:

    What is the matter with Sunset Beach Town Council? The Sunset at Sunset event is the envy of the surrounding towns in Brunswick County. The attendance every year demonstrates the desire for it to continue.

    Why would any one of you consider a proposal to transfer this entity from the town to some nonprofit that does not want it or is incapable of handling it? This is and should be a continued town event. The taxpayers here are proud of the ability of the community to put on such an event with very minimal town expense.

  • Keep Sunset at Sunset at its current site

    To the editor:

    I have been a vendor at Sunset at Sunset for three years now, having the same spot each year. Over the years, I have run into customers throughout town that look forward to seeing me again at the event. This is a town of Sunset Beach event where townspeople go to gather and celebrate the area on a beautiful fall day.

    Vendors rely on customers looking for them in a familiar location. Ingram Planetarium is such a location.

    Please keep Sunset at Sunset at its familiar and successful current location.

    Lindy Carmelengo

  • #Metoo experiences must be validated

    To the editor:

    Women’s #metoo experiences of inappropriate behavior must be validated by everyone, everywhere, before policies can be enacted and enforced. Here is a personal example when I was recently solicited for advice. Keep in mind I am a mother to two daughters.

  • Harsh winter temps call for hibernation

    Happy New Year, all! I rang it in by recovering from the crud that plagued many of us at the end of 2017. For me, it was a fitting conclusion to what was a mostly crummy year.

    When I pulled up to my parents’ house for the holidays, my kid brother Jim and his family weren’t there even though they’d arrived the day before.

    “They went to Target because Noah is sick,” Dad explained.

    “Well then, I know what I’m getting for Christmas,” I said.

  • The answer to Brunswick County’s water wars is bubbling under the surface of BSL

    Boiling Spring Lakes, I think 2018 could be your year.

    If you haven’t noticed, your neighbors in the north end of Brunswick County have spent the past year or so freaking out about either contaminated water in the Cape Fear River and whether they should or shouldn’t drink it or whether to pull water out of the aquifers with a reverse osmosis water plant.

    And all the while, there you are BSL, watching 43 million gallons of water a day shoot out of the ground.

  • You decide: Is North Carolina’s economic shift complete?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    In a few weeks, I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my job interview at North Carolina State University. I had left a snow-covered Ithaca, N.Y., home of Cornell University where I was finishing my Ph.D., and exited the plane on the tarmac (yes, airline passengers did that in the good ol’ days) at RDU Airport. It was bright and sunny and 70 degrees. I thought to myself. “I could get used to this!”