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Today's Opinions

  • Holden Beach noise ordinance cause for alarm

    Those who seek and are elected to public office, in most cases, should be praised for keeping their campaign promises.

    John Fletcher, Peter Freer, Kim Isenhour and Ashley Royal each vowed to revise Holden Beach’s noise ordinance if elected to the town’s board of commissioners in November. Eight days after taking their oath of office Dec. 8, they did exactly that.

  • Don’t put others at risk on New Year’s Eve

    Whether you plan to attend the New Year’s Eve Celebration sponsored by the Beacon at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. in Shallotte or ring in 2016 with the annual events in Calabash, at Shallotte Moose Lodge or Sharky’s in Ocean Isle Beach, please make sure your plans including getting home safely and without putting others at risk.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Kudos to school district, board for needed program

    With controversy still brewing over the Brunswick County Board of Education’s split decision to seek approval from the county board of commissioners to place a $152 million bond referendum on the November 2016 ballot, it seemed further discussion about and possible implementation of a day treatment program would be stymied until matters related to the bond proposal were settled.

  • Power in elections rests with the voters

    As some people who were elected to local offices Nov. 3 prepare for their swearing-in ceremonies, filing is already under way for the 2016 primary election, March 15.

    In Bolivia, only one incumbent sought re-election and won; newcomers are filling the other three seats that were available on the board of commissioners. The story is similar in Varnamtown, where the incumbent seeing another term was returned to his seat and will be joined by two new aldermen.

  • Action needed to address homelessness

    Brunswick County’s homeless population may be better hidden than in other communities across the state and nation, but it does exist.

    On Nov. 21, the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition hosted its fourth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport in observance of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness. A soup and water luncheon followed presentations from various groups outlining the scope of the issue in our community.

  • Sunset Beach council makes correct call on vacancy

    While it may not be clear whether Terry Johnson’s resignation from Sunset Beach Town Council after serving two years of a four-year term was expected, it seemed most were taken by surprise when he tendered it on Election Day, Nov. 3.

  • School board schism may doom bond proposal

    We said in an editorial last month there was no reason to think the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners would not allow the 2016 general election ballot to include a bond referendum for Brunswick County Schools. We said there is already no doubt the school district needs money to meet the needs of its students.

    On Nov. 3, school board vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen voted to approve a $175 million bond referendum request.