Today's Opinions

  • 2015 OIB Flotilla was best ever

    To the editor:

    Way to go Michelle and Charles Griffin and Cheryl Wilson! You hit it out of the ballpark with the Ocean Isle Flotilla this year. It was the best ever.

    The most wonderful part of the event was you raised more than $19,000for Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The residents of Ocean Isle Beach and surrounding areas appreciate the hard work that goes into putting on this production.

  • Brunswick Toy Run seeks support from community

    To editor,

    I know there are many great charities out there, but the Brunswick Toy Run is still doing its part and has for the past 23 years. All monies raised go to helping the less fortunate in our county. This nonprofit has given back more than $250,000 to our community.

  • Thank you for donations benefitting Wounded Warriors

    To the editor:

    The Sea and Sand Band performed recently at the Veterans’ Memorial dedication at Sunset Beach Town Park and would like to thank everyone from Sea Trail, Brunswick County and the Sunset Beach community for their donations to the Wounded Warriors project.

    Donations totaling $426 were collected and will be used to support our women and men in the armed forces who have sacrificed so much for our country.

    Thanks for your support of this event. It was an honor to be a part of it, and we hope to see you again soon.

  • Thanks for Thanksgiving contributions

    To the editor:

    Waccamaw School would like to thank the VFW and the Willis family for their donations of Thanksgiving meals to families in our community.

    Dwight Willis and wife, Becky, donated a Thanksgiving meal in a basket. VFW members Jim Harrington and Andy Shoddy delivered seven Thanksgiving meals.

    Thank you for your generosity and your support of our community.

    Katherine Ingram, Waccamaw School parent facilitator


  • Tide has changed in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    At the Sunset Beach Nov. 17 workshop, council voted to carry over discussion of the procedure to fill a vacant council seat to Dec. 14. The motion that passed included provisions to delay the selection until January, allowing interested parties to submit resumes for the seat. There was a potential bomb in the discussion leading up to the vote. Councilman Lou De Vita wants the two recently ousted councilmen to participate in the selection process.

  • Steer clear of their cast

    By Mike DeFranco

    Guest Columnist

    The combination of swimming and fishing at the beach has become a very real and dangerous threat at many North Carolina beaches.

    Three of the five shark attacks occurring in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties this past summer were within very close proximity to their respective piers and popular fishing areas. Baitfish and chum are exactly what attract sharks, and adding swimmers into this environment creates a tragic scenario of mistaken identity.

  • You decide: Should we modify or end the Federal Reserve?

    Few institutions generate more mystery and controversy than the Federal Reserve, or “Fed” for short. It has already become a topic in the current presidential campaign. Some see the Fed as absolutely necessary to the function and protection of the financial system. They credit the Fed’s strong actions in 2008 and 2009 as preventing another Great Depression.

  • Some holiday programming notes

    The holiday season is in full swing here in Brunswick County, what with all the festive events taking place now through the end of the year. It’s overwhelming — almost too much to keep up with.