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Today's Opinions

  • Accidents call attention to watercraft safety

    The unofficial start of summer this year had not even gotten under way Memorial Day weekend when we reported our first seasonal tragedy in Brunswick County this year.

    The deaths of 51-year-old John Wernowsky of Acworth, Ga., and his 10-year-old son, Jake, who were riding a Jet Ski together when they died in Sunset Beach, happened May 27, less than a week before 24-year-old Brian Willis, of Cleveland, Ohio, was injured in a Jet Ski accident in Ocean Isle Beach on June 2.

  • Scorpions, Dolphins make county proud

    Two local teams — one from North Brunswick High School and the other from Brunswick Community College — are celebrating hard-earned and well-deserved success this spring.

    Sports fans would be hard pressed to find a team as successful as North Brunswick’s boys’ track and field team, which claimed its third straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A outdoor title May 21.

    That is impressive.

    But remember: Including indoor state titles, the Scorpions have won six straight state championships.

  • Rabon must explain SB 875

    Senate Bill 875 should come as no surprise to residents of state Senate District 8, specifically those in Brunswick County, who have been represented by Bill Rabon for the past six years.

    During the first half of Rabon’s tenure, he was touted as a champion for the district, especially the areas along the coast.

    In 2011, he was among primary sponsors of Senate Bill 110 to allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices. It was a move supported by at least one Brunswick County beach municipality, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Newest public parks prove persistence pays off

    Plans for too many public parks in Brunswick County over the past three years have been burdened by significant delays and controversies.

    Not so in Belville and Shallotte.

    On Saturday, May 7, more than 500 visitors attended the official opening of the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park trail and fishing pier. It represents the completion of the park’s first phase.

  • Better, new dental care access is a good reason to smile

    For most people, routine dental checkups are as much a part of their routine as brushing and flossing their teeth at least once a day. Good oral health is something we tend to take for granted. For too many others, however, it is a luxury they forego in favor of paying for food, shelter and other necessities like utilities and transportation.

  • No excuse for cruelty to animals

    Meet Pearl, a three-week-old cat who was tossed from a moving vehicle onto N.C. 130 last Wednesday. She suffered a broken eye socket, broken jaw and severe lacerations to her face and legs; even in a black-and-white photo, you can see the blood.

    Someone saw what happened to Pearl and rescued her. The tiny kitten made it thorough emergency surgery at Ocean Isle Veterinary Hospital hours later and, after round-the-clock foster care, joined the family of Doug and Brandi Turner of Douglas Diamond Jewelers in Shallotte who will keep her safe and loved.

  • Readers feed on restaurant, grocery news

    One thing I’ve noticed in my three years here is few things generate a buzz like the prospect of a new chain restaurant coming to the area.

    Last week, it was the news that Shallotte Properties LLC submitted arequestto the Shallotte Planning Boardfor a 90-seat Zaxby’s Restaurant at 4736 Main St., the site of the former Hardee’s and The Grille restaurants.

  • Be alert at the voting booth

    To the editor:

    Recently, a voter identification verification bill was passed in North Carolina (voter ID law). Acceptable IDs were available free at numerous locations with help offered if needed. In the election this fall, a person would provide the ID to show they are who they say they are and eligible to vote.

    The NAACP protests the voter ID requirement as placing an unfair barrier to poor and minority folks. Some people’s mindset is rooted in the past segregation era. The rest of the country apparently has moved on.