Today's Opinions

  • ONDBEAT: Proposed plans no paradise for Sunset Beach islanders

    There have been times when Sunset Beach islanders threatened to secede — from the Sunset Beach mainland, that is, where the current town hall has been located and town deciders have been deciding how to spend their hard-earned property tax revenue since Sunset Beach incorporated 52 years ago.

    Now just may be one of those times yet again.

  • End gerrymandering in North Carolina

    By Rep. Ken Goodman

    Guest Columnist

    Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in Congress and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard, but our voices are not being heard.

    The way Congressional and legislative districts have been created has guaranteed the party in control will remain in control and the people in office will remain in office.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we introduced a flurry of bills because of the deadline for local bills, we gave final approval to the gas tax bill and we honored an icon from the stock car racing world.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Cat fancied Cuban music

    To the editor:

    In response to Dr. Ernie Ward’s column, “Felines prefer their own music, and it’s weird:”

    My cat Sailor was a huge fan of the Buena Vista Social Club, the iconic album made in the 1990s by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos Gonzales and American guitarist Ry Cooper of Cuban music from the ‘30s and ‘50s. Any time I played the album, Sailor jumped up on the dining room table and positioned himself midway between our two large speakers with his ears perked up. And there he stayed until the music finished.

  • A random act of kindness

    To the editor:

    On March 28, my son and I were having lunch at Duffer’s restaurant in Shallotte. I want to tell you a story of kindness and graciousness. A sweet and charming lady and the gentleman who was with her paid for our lunch. They had no reason to do this, only that I had given her a compliment about how nice and refreshed she looked.

    She told me she was a retired teacher and even though I do not know her name and she may never see this, I wanted the people of Brunswick County to know we still have lovely people in our county.

  • Thank you for supporting Sea Notes society

    To the editor:

    As president of the Sea Notes Choral Society, I have the pleasure of thanking you, our audience, for your support and generosity each concert season. On March 26, 27 and 28 when Sea Notes performed its spring concert at Hatch Auditorium, I again had that privilege.

    Sea Notes begins its summer concert series June 27 and 28 with, “A Salute to America, We the People,” when we become a resident company at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Speak out against bill to kill county coroner’s office

    To the editor:

    The stunt by state Sen. Bill Rabon to abolish the office of coroner is a sad day for Brunswick County.