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Today's Opinions

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center needs community’s help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Addiction to alcohol and drugs is now front-page news. Many who pooh-poohed the whole addiction thing are now dealing with loved ones in the throes of a slow death.

    We all have someone in our family or close by who is in the battle of their lives.

    When you are on drugs, that’s all you think about.

    You certainly don’t spend time checking on the purity or quality of what you are about to snort or inject.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major regulations bill that helped Brunswick County, we passed a revision of the state board of elections and we passed school calendar bills I opposed.

    Committees were meeting every hour last week, sometimes two and three at a time. Most committees had multiple bills before them, often a half dozen or dozen at a time. For example, the House Transportation Committee on April 4 handled seven bills.

  • We, the public, are the ultimate government watchdogs

    There was a really great story in The Washington Post last week that grabbed my attention and made my heart sing. It was about the staff of the Booster Redux, the student newspaper of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who questioned the credentials of their new principal. She resigned as a result of their story; it turned out her story didn’t check out.

  • Council should try to preserve natural beauty of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    In response to Sunset Beach Town Councilman Peter Larkin’s comments to “muzzle” the Environmental Resources Committee (ERC), the committee is working on the issue of dredging in the tidal marsh on the east end of the island and the canals on the mainland.

    It should be noted Larkin is one of three council members who were appointed by the council instead of being elected by Sunset Beach residents. That is two too many appointees. There should have been an election.

  • Is de-annexation Rabon’s pet local project?

    To the editor:

    Last year, state Sen. Bill Rabon supported three developers in their attempts to de-annex from Sunset Beach over disputes they had with the town. Generally that means the town is trying to protect its residents or uphold zoning or other ordinances that builders would just as soon circumvent.

    Rabon just introduced a bill to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons Senior Apartment Complex from Sunset Beach.

    I would really be interested in knowing why he seems to make de-annexation bills regarding Sunset Beach his pet projects.

  • Commissioners waste more taxpayer money

    To the editor:

    Well, Brunswick County commissioners Frank Williams and Marty Cooke did it again, this time aided by newly elected commissioner Mike Forte.

    State Rep. Chris Millis has a saying: “Other people spending other people’s money on other people.” And that is exactly what these three commissioners did by agreeing to provide matching funds totaling nearly $110,000 of our money for the Holden Beach Park on top of the $3.5 million they overpaid to purchase the land to begin with. And this just pays for Phase 1.

  • Holden Beach should resume yard debris pickup service

    To the editor:

    After vacationing at Holden Beach for many years, my wife and I built a vacation home in Holden Beach West in 1995. Among the many things we enjoy there is doing our own yard work.

    As you might guess, we were dismayed to learn the town may no longer provide yard debris pickup. That service is something we have relied upon each spring as we prepared our yard for the summer. It would seem that not having this service would create a disincentive for residents to have attractive yards and could have a negative effect on property values.

  • Rogers’ columns are insulting

    To the editor:

    Please stop publishing the opinion pieces from Richard Rogers asking for public support for cost-of-living increases.

    Many of us, probably most, are receiving pensions that do not and will not ever have such a luxury. Any increase for retired municipal employees will only increase our tax burden and that is plain unfair. After all, if it weren’t for our tax dollars, these positions wouldn’t have existed at all.