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Today's Opinions

  • Be aware of elder abuse

    As we begin our two-part series on scams in our community and how to fight against them, we feel it is important to call attention to one aspect of these crimes related to another type of crime: elder abuse.

    Brunswick County’s 65-and-older population in 2010 was 21.4 percent and grew to 27 percent in 2014, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

  • SB 875 would set harmful precedent

    A firestorm has erupted over Sen. Bill Rabon’s proposed Senate Bill 875, which seeks to de-annex three parcels from the town of Sunset Beach, since he filed it last month after notifying only one town official, Mayor Ron Watts.

  • Water main break showed lack of foresight

    To the editor:

    Kudos to the people who attempted repairs on the raw water pipe break Oct. 13 to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant and to those who installed the bypass piping and the permanent repairs.

    However, the utility board, county commissioners and water utility management should be ashamed of the lack of foresight and for partnering with a facility that put the customers of Brunswick County in jeopardy of not having water.

  • Local theater manager goes the extra mile

    To the editor:

    Recently, my daughter attended a movie at night at Frank Theatres Costal Cinemas. It was very cold. When she returned to her car in the parking lot to leave, her car would not start. She tried again, but no luck. She called me in tears.

    When I arrived, hers was the only vehicle still there. I saw her and another person standing by the car with the hood raised. The person helping her was Austin, the night manager. My heart swelled.

  • Cabana ban not worth risk of skin cancer

    To the editor:

    My family has been vacationing at Sunset Beach for more than two decades. I know the leaders of the community are concerned about guests’ safety as evidenced by the Sunset Beach patrol and enforcement of family-friendly rules prominently posted at beach access points.

  • Council should rethink ban on cabanas

    To the editor:

    We are distressed by the vote to ban cabanas on Sunset Beach. As homeowners since 1990, we appreciate the beauty of the area and the opportunity to gather three, sometimes four, generations of our family there.

  • Welcome Advent with prayers for all

    To the editor:

    As believers everywhere prepare to celebrate the birth of our savior, let us welcome the spirit of Advent across our nation.

    As we remember the coming of the prince of peace, let us speak peace and Shalom to our cities. Bind every voice of division and violence. Pray our cities and nations will be touched by the coming of his presence, bringing refreshing, healing and restoration.

  • Thank you, First Bank

    To the editor:

    I am truly overwhelmed by First Bank’s generosity.

    After meeting with senior vice president Dave Kesterson, my husband returned home with news that brought me to tears. Not only will First Bank allow us to leave the cross on N.C. 179, where we lost our only child, Zach, on Sept. 4, 2007, but it also wants to place a monument in his memory at the location.

    As a mother who deals every day with the pain of having lost her child, I can never express to First Bank how humbled and grateful I am.