Today's Opinions

  • Hurricane Irma refugee thanks all who helped

    To the editor:

    I am a refugee presently residing at a very dear lady’s property in Ocean Isle Beach. I am a former resident of Calabash.

    My husband Randy (in recovery from stage 4 tonsil cancer), three cats and two dogs left home Sept. 7, just days before Hurricane Irma hit our island. We stayed in Brunswick, Ga., at a motel waiting on Irma to pass.

  • Post 7288 answers call for help, again

    To the editor:

    Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in late August with devastation that affected millions of residents. Thousands of people, including veterans and their families, lost their homes and all their belongings and remain in shelters across the region. The rebuilding efforts will continue for years to come.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were not in session last week. However, we had an important first meeting of the new House Select Committee on N.C. River Quality. We had a daylong visit from the N.C. Commissioner of Insurance, and we had interesting county events Saturday.

  • On Campus with BCC: Seeking individuals who want to make a life-saving difference

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Employees of all ages generally agree on the qualities

    that make a career truly rewarding: teamwork,

    purpose and lasting value, family sustaining wages, and a balance of excitement and routine. It would be difficult to list careers that encompass all these qualities without including emergency services.

  • Town council disrespects annual festival

    To the editor:

    Once again, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Richard Cerrato is engaging in “fake news.” At the Sept. 19 council meeting, when discussing the Sunset at Sunset (SAS) festival, Cerrato stated, “The festival is paid for by taxpayers.” Nothing could be further from the truth!

  • Shallotte businesses shine after trip

    To the editor:

    My wife and I chose Shallotte as our jumping-off point for our adventure to view the total solar eclipse at McClellanville, S.C., last month.

    We spent the night of Aug. 20 at the Days Inn at 3670 Express Drive in Shallotte. It was a pleasant stay, and we hurriedly left early in the morning to beat the rush of traffic and find a good spot to sit and wait for the sky to turn dark.

  • Act of kindness is a blessing

    To the editor:

    Daily we hear and see negativity that surrounds us. I choose to look for and remember the blessings in life. Often we are rewarded to have done this.

    On Sept. 6, a friend and I had been in town running errands. We stopped at the drive-thru at Taco Bell. When we pulled up to the window to pay for and pick up our food, we were astonished when we were told the lady in the car in front of us had paid for our food. Since we couldn’t thank her, I thanked God for sending an angel to us. He is worthy to be praised.

  • Base park use fees on facts

    To the editor:

    The future of our Sunset Beach Waterfront Market may be decided shortly. I would like to respond to Leslie D. Bowers’ letter in the Sept. 21 edition. She eloquently expressed what many of my neighbors and friends are saying: “As elected officials, please verify your information ... don’t make decisions based on hearsay ... do your homework and listen to your constituents.” I second that motion.