Today's Opinions

  • Thank you, Leadership Brunswick County

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the board of directors, executive director, staff, and most importantly, the clients of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), I want to thank Leadership Brunswick County (LBC) for their great work in developing a financial literacy program for BFA. We are very excited about this program because it will benefit the community by increasing the financial skills and knowledge of our clients.

  • OIB fireworks decisions make no sense

    To the editor:

    Having been a property owner at OIB for more than 30 years and having watched for more than 30 years the police on OIB act like Andy Griffith and Barney Fife running from house to house July 4, trying to stop people from shooting fireworks, the town council finally this year announced a city-sponsored fireworks show from the pier. This, after we have watched for decades as the communities around us have sponsored such shows.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives was Budget Week. The Senate had finished with the budget, Senate Bill 744, the previous week. It was our job in the House to review it, make our changes, and send it back to them for their agreement and approval. This budget actually consists of adjustments to the biennial budget we passed last year. We are adjusting the 2013-2015 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We have newly revised revenue projections and spending priorities. So, it was a busy week.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    The 2014 short session has proved to be nothing short of eventful, and we are continuing to work hard in order to accomplish our goals during this time. 

  • Election year dilemmas sometimes have no easy answer

    November’s general election can’t come — and go — soon enough to suit me.

    As someone who loathes politics, I seem to be an anomaly in the journalism world. My distaste for elections has only soured in my more than two decades in this business. I believe they’ve become less and less about choosing the best leader and more about choosing the lesser of two evils through the years. That’s not always the case, but it generally seems that way.

  • Do the right thing to go 'round the roundabout

    When it comes to navigating the new Sunset Beach roundabout, some drivers are gettin’ it and some aren’t.

    Construction is nearing completion of the new mainland entry to the island bridge where stop signs are no longer needed.

    Instead, motorists must heed yield signs at its four entries and go with the flow in a right-hand direction — as opposed to going left, also known as “wrong.”

    Those are standard rules of the roundabout.

  • School board needs refresher courses

    To the editor:

    After reading the story in last week’s edition regarding the change in school bus schedules, it is obvious to me we need to send the Brunswick County school board back to school. They certainly need refresher training in civics and finance.

  • Making things cost-effective

    To the editor:

    I’m pleased to see Ocean Isle Beach consider curbside mandatory recycling. As with anything new, there will be resistance, but cost should not be one of them. The OIB curbside service would only cost property owners $45 a year for bi-monthly pick up. We have a voluntary curbside recycling program in Sunset Beach, and it also costs $45 a year (only $3.75 a month). Out of 3,600 property owners, 700 have opted into the program, now in its second year.