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Today's Opinions

  • A little bit of bother, with a lot of fun and frolic

    First off this week, let me get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way with a reminder about submitting letters to the editor for publication.

    Just the other week, I was raving about how great it was to be so inundated with them they left no room for my column. The volume has since tapered off a bit, in part because I’d received some we’re not going to publish under any circumstance.

  • The only drink I need this summer

    I realize there are more pressing concerns about what Brunswick County residents are drinking, but that is a topic for a different section of the paper.

    I have a beverage issue that has needed addressing for a good long time now. Since summer officially arrived June 21, it’s time to strike while the temperature is hot.

    Four summers in Brunswick County plus another four decades of living in the South haven’t swayed me on the merits of sweet tea. No matter how sweet or cold it is, there will always be the limitation that it is made of tea.

  • Proposed roundabout would create more problems

    To the editor:

    The experience you described in your June 15 column illustrates my objections to the double roundabout proposed for the Smith Avenue/U.S. 17 interchange in Shallotte. In that case, if I’m reading maps right, there’s going to be two circles in the roundabout. The inner circle just going around so that anyone in it would have to move to the outer circle to exit the roundabout. Then you cross a bridge and enter into another roundabout.

  • Politics put trouble on our horizon

    To the editor:

    We have to face the plain and simple facts. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan did not win and Barack Obama and Joe Biden did. Republicans seemed bent on revenge, determined to insure Obama would not succeed as president.

    After eight years, it was time for a party change, voters said, so rather than having a female president, they elected a man with no experience, education or interest in government.

  • Block release of GenX into our waters

    To the editor:

    Below is the official statement issued by the Brunswick Environmental Action Team (BEAT) regarding the release of Gen X into the Cape Fear River Watershed and impacting the drinking water in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The BEAT Board of Directors unanimously approved this statement by a 7-0 vote.

  • Lack of culvert maintenance causes flooding

    To the editor:

  • Tale of unpleasant roundabout experience gives some readers pause

    Writing last week about my ugly experience June 2 at one of Brunswick County’s roundabouts generated some good response from readers — actually, a bit more than I expected, considering staff writers Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery each had written columns two years ago about roundabouts and how to maneuver through them. It looks like the subject still strikes a nerve.

    Lest anyone mistake my position, let me go on record saying I’m pro-roundabout.

  • A grateful neighbor gives thanks for help after fire

    By Lin Ferrari

    Guest Columnist

    My name is Lin Ferrari and I’d like to take a moment to thank a lot of people. Some of you we know, and we thank you, but there are so many people who have helped my family and me who we do not know. You have all been so wonderful to us and such a blessing. Thank you so very much.