Today's Opinions

  • Court should treat juveniles as juveniles

    To the editor:
    All minors 16 and older are sent directly to criminal court. They do not go through the juvenile system. No matter the level of their crime, whether a misdemeanor or a serious crime, they do not get the chance to be treated as the juveniles they are.
    The legal voting age is 18 because those younger are not viewed as being able to make adult decisions; however, in the eyes of the law, they are deemed to be old enough to be punished as an adult.

  • Negotiating team lacks credibility

    To the editor:
    After countless months of agreement violations and excuses by the team of Councilman Wilson Sherrill and former councilwoman Karen Joseph defending the developer of Jaguar’s Lair, the town of Sunset Beach has finally entered into mediation. In summer and fall 2013, the developer walked off the job and the team did nothing. Instead, in winter 2014, they blamed the weather as their revised excuse.

  • Breaking bread connects community

    When was the last time you broke bread with someone? I mean, really broke bread — pulled apart a dense baked ball of dough while dining with another person or group of people? It’s so basic, but there’s something about it that, to me, conveys a true sense of kinship.

  • Starting county meetings with closed session is best for me ... or, I mean, everyone

    County commissioners have begun planning for the next fiscal year – receiving updates on department needs, considering funding requests and creating legislative items to push for.

    Since they are making plans for the new fiscal year and how they will run things in 2015-16, I want to speak out on one policy that needs to be rolled back to 2013-14.

    Re-arrange the board meetings so the closed session is first thing on the agenda once more.

    I don’t ask this selfishly…

  • Shallotte Lions Club promotes better vision, serves blind

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Golden Corral in Shallotte off U.S. 17. The Lions Club is one of the largest service club organizations in the world. Our motto is: We serve.” Those who we serve are visually impaired or blind.

    The Shallotte Lions sponsor a mobile eye screening van for three of our local schools and the community. Our next screening is Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vision Square on Main Street in Shallotte and is free to the public.

  • Thank you, Autumn Care of Shallotte staff

    To the editor:

    I wanted to publicly thank the staff at Autumn Care of Shallotte for their excellent care of my husband, Edward, during his 13-month stay at Autumn Care. Because of his advanced stage of dementia I had to make that dreaded decision that I could no longer give him 24/7 quality care at home. Admitting him into the hands of strangers was very frightening. I found that Edward not only was taken care of in a very professional way, but he also had the love and respect from the staff.

  • Lots to love about Brunswick County

    Last week was easily the busiest so far this year for me with two fantastic community events just days apart, both at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors building at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

  • Medicare Advantage disenrollment period ends Feb. 14

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 marks the annual Medicare Advantage disenrollment period. During this time, a Medicare beneficiary enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave his or her plan and return to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2015. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form.