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Today's Opinions

  • UNC transfer agreement benefits BCC students

    Students at Brunswick Community College often worry whether their credits will transfer to a four-year university within the University of North Carolina system.

    They will not have to worry about that this fall, as the State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors revised an agreement between the two systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow for prospective transfer students.

  • Calabash deserves its own festival

    Come September, Calabash will be the site of the Lions Club’s Oktoberfest. The event, planned for Sept. 20, will feature music, a beer tent, people and food. During their Feb. 13 meeting, the town board of commissioners agreed the town could assist with the club’s needs like tables, a stage and donated maintenance time.

    The event promises to be a good time in the town, but it belongs to the club, not the town.

    We think it is time Calabash had a festival to call its own, and a proposed seafood festival is a splendid idea.

  • ‘Keith’s Law’ essential to modern public safety efforts

    Law enforcement and public safety personnel, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often serve as our first line of defense in any crisis.

  • Kudos to Carolina Shores residents sticking up for town employee

    During the past two months, residents in Carolina Shores have rallied to defend town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin,who they feel is being treated like trash.

    The residents say it all started when Franklin received a reprimand from town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon based on a single complaint: Someone told Donlon that Franklin failed to provide proper assistance at the recycling center.Now, they say, Franklin is no longer allowed to assist residents with their garbage and anyone who needs assistance must alert him by pointing at their bag of garbage.

  • Rabon patronizes people and pets

    Some Brunswick County animal advocates did not play fair by recording a Jan. 16 meeting with state Sen. Bill Rabon and then releasing it to the public, so the Senate is taking its ball — legislation passed by the House to regulate puppy mills in the state — and going home. It is an immature reaction to the childish behavior of one of its own who also happens to be one of our own.

  • Bravo to Brunswick County for weather response

    The National Weather Service forecast early last week for Brunswick County was dire. Meteorologists guaranteed a dusting of snow to cover about an inch or more of ice that would not only blanket the area, but also not thaw completely in 48 hours of mostly below-freezing temperatures, beginning Jan. 28.

  • Charter school process needs reform

    The greater a school district’s enrollment, the more money it will receive from taxpayers for operations. This principle is apparently at the heart of a battle between Brunswick County Schools and Roger Bacon Academy, which is preparing to open its second charter school in the county this summer.

    The opening of charter schools means fewer students will be served by the public school system, but local school districts are still responsible for funding the charter schools.

  • Insurance rate hike proposal too costly to ignore

    The insurance hits just seem to keep coming for homeowners in Brunswick County.

    Thanks to the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed in July 2012, flood insurance premiums rose by an average of 10 percent with policy renewals after Oct. 1 last year. That was coupled with a Federal Emergency Management Agency surcharge on policies amounting to 5 percent of those premiums. North Carolina’s legislators at both the state and federal level are still trying to resolve the unintended, unreasonably expensive consequences of the Biggert-Waters Act.