Today's Opinions

  • ‘Me too’ is pro-decency and respect

    To the editor:

    When I first found out about the “me too” discussion, I said to myself, “me too!”

    I was sexually assaulted by a peer at 14. I was sexually harassed by bosses at work. I never said anything about any of these events that shaped my life other than to close friends at the time and really only in passing.

  • Thank you for supporting 25th Toy Run

    To the editor:

    Just want to let folks know the Brunswick Toy Run was successful in spite of rainy, cold weather Dec. 9. We shopped with 139 children selected by all the elementary schools in the county by their facilitators, as well as some churches.

    I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors and participants that day who registered and bought tickets. We spent $20,000, the most ever in the 25 years of this event! All monies stay in Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte is a beautiful hometown

    To the editor:

    What a beautiful town I live in!

    Driving through Shallotte last night was magical for me. When I turned onto N.C. 179 toward home, it was absolutely breathtaking.

    I would like to give the town of Shallotte and Cindy Babson and her crew a well-deserved pat on the back. My hometown is not only beautiful at Christmas, but all through the year. Thanks for all you do.

    Missy Milliken


  • ‘For New Brother Saved A Gift’

    To the editor:

    White snow softly fell to the ground;

    Wild animals would roam all around;

    Saw a Christmas tree shining bright;

    God had made us such a pretty sight.

    Gifts under a tree were there all laid;

    Near fireplace we played and played;

    Parents did have to make a decision;

    Tell us Santa is real not just a vision.

    That night we had started off to bed,

    After all of our prayers had been said;

    Make sure Santa comes to our house,

  • Protest possible insurance hike

    To the editor:

    I am absolutely not in favor of increasing homeowner insurance rates for wind and hail policies in the county.

    We went through this drill when Wayne Goodwin was commissioner, and it is obvious the insurance companies wish to pick on the recently elected “rookie” commissioner in a big way.

  • Don’t get taken during season of giving

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how North Carolinians’ generosity extends beyond their own families to reach neighbors in need. However, there are some who view the holidays not as a time of giving but as a time for taking — taking advantage of your generosity and taking your hard-earned money. Whether you are paying for gifts or donating to charity, taking a few precautions could save you from scam artists’ holiday tricks.

  • Sea level rise and why it matters to Brunswick County

    By Dr. Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    What do Harvey, Irma and Maria have in common? They are severe weather events that occurred in 2017 that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. We have experienced an increase in severe hurricanes, flooding and wildfires as predicted by scientists because of the increased warming of the planet. People, we are part of the problem!

  • Kindness may be the easiest gift to give

    Our friends at Paws-Ability honored me again by asking me to judge the essays students wrote upon completion of the Pet Education Program, this time at Supply Elementary School. More than 100 fourth-graders from five classes penned essays detailing what they learned and enjoyed most about the program.

    What I enjoyed most was reading each one of them. Some were extra creative and several were touching. I had a difficult time choosing the winners.