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Today's Opinions

  • Turn breast cancer awareness toward overall wellness

    We have barely begun October, which is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hundreds of generous people throughout our community have already contributed to the cause in some way.

    Last Wednesday, Sept. 27, Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club finished hosting its 10th Annual Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament and Auction, which followed a fashion show the previous Sunday. We are happy to report the events raised more than $22,000 for the Pretty in Pink Foundation and Brunswick County residents diagnosed with breast cancer who have limited or no health insurance.

  • Let us always remember POW/MIA military service members

    As controversy churns over professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem at sporting events and what it says about our country’s values less than a month after we marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is very likely far too many Americans failed to observe Sept. 15 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

    Members of VFW Post 8866 in Holden Beach and VFW Post 7288 in Calabash were among the local residents who made sure our prisoners of war and service members missing in action were not forgotten.

  • It is not too late to prepare for 2017 hurricane season

    Even before Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wrought their devastation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be extremely active — maybe the most active since 2010. In the first nine weeks of the 2017 season, which runs through Nov. 30, there were six named storms — twice as many as would typically form by early August.

  • Earlier Sunday alcohol sales make sense

    Gov. Roy Cooper on June 30 signed Senate Bill 155, called the “brunch bill” because it allows the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays with local government approval, into law.

    The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association lobbied hard for passage of the bill, touted by its sponsors as an added boost to the state’s hospitality and tourism industries.

  • I just can’t get 2017 to go away

    One of my sisters and her family, along with our parents, spent last weekend on a cruise ship.

    The timing couldn’t have been better for them as they were able to escape the second snowfall of the year to dump on Raleigh.

    And my parents got to trade in living on the coast of Florida for visiting an island off the coast of Florida for a few days.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the General Assembly almost shut down because of 6 inches of snow in Raleigh; however, I was able to bring some of it here to Brunswick County.

  • You decide: What’s the future of retail buying?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 percent to 5 percent when all the receipts are in.

  • A response to Sykes’ email

    To the editor:

    I am responding to county commissioner Pat Sykes’ email to Brunswick County that sounds a whole lot like she is one-sided.

    Personally, I think that our oceans have suffered long enough, and we need not go pinging around the floor of the ocean to see what is there when it will do far more damage than good to the oceanic wildlife living there— not to mention we need not take a chance on a spill occurring like the Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still suffering at this point.