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Today's Opinions

  • When duty calls for a whirlwind trip to the mountains

    My plan last Wednesday was to leave the office early that afternoon, then head to my parents’ house to spend the night before driving father down Interstate 40 the next day to Asheville for my first North Carolina Press Association meeting as a soon-to-be official member of the board. My term as president of the North Carolina Association of Community Newspapers begins next Tuesday, Aug. 1.

  • Gore makes county proud while serving country

    When members of the Coast Guard typically make the news in Brunswick County, it is because they have come to the rescue of distressed swimmers and boaters, or because they are assisting local agencies with searches in and along our waterways.

    The members of Coast Guard Auxiliaries and Flotillas are just as active in our county, most notably for offering free vessel safety checks and reminding us about the importance of wearing life vests on personal watercraft and boats of all sizes.

  • If you can’t stay close, at least stay cool

    You might think I’ve come to expect worst-case scenarios, having spent the better part of my journalism career covering crime and public safety. You’d be right. But I still hope for the best possible outcomes, especially when people report their loved ones missing.

    Although we have two missing persons cases to report in this week’s edition at the moment, it seems most of the Brunswick County folks whose families lose track of them are found safe before we go to press.

  • Waterfront Market offers a win-win situation

    To the editor:

    Regarding the letters published in the Aug. 13 about the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach: I am a vendor at the market and also an avid consumer of its offerings.

    In all my years as an artist, I have never seen a better quality and more fairly run production as this market. The team is communicative and friendly, but runs a very tight ship.

  • ‘The Ultimate Knowledge’

    To the editor:

    Science gives answers to the questions of man,

    But it’s only a fraction of God’s master plan.

    From first our corruption, and first our great fall,

    Our quest to be god-like has but made us small.

    Only a breath are we in our lives, till we call his name and his spirit arrives.

    Looking to answer the things we don’t know,

    We aimlessly study and run to and fro.

    The lessons God teaches that we seek the most,

    Will come to us only from his Holy Ghost.

  • Market situation needs correction

    To the editor:

    The town of Sunset Beach does not appear to have safeguards in place to protect the taxpayers’ interests from being used or abused for profit when town assets are involved.

  • Salvation is more important than alcohol

    To the editor:

    How important was it for people to have their alcohol with their breakfast? I do declare.

    What you all don’t realize that God is not pleased with the way some people think that having fun is so important, and I don’t mean just the alcohol.

    We need to put God first in our lives every day. Get saved. Let Jesus in your life.

    Having your fun from alcohol is not the only thing that can mess you up. Really, Jesus will give you a better quality of fun.

    Jean Garland

    Shallotte

  • Sunset Beach taxpayers have good deal

    To the editor:

    I was there at the initial Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association meeting when Chris Wilson suggested the Waterfront Market in Sunset Beach as a possible fundraiser for the printing costs of a proposed Sunset Beach Guide. She detailed how it could be done and it was obvious she had already done considerable research. The market was a resounding success.