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Today's Opinions

  • Check bridge safety issues

    To the editor:

    I recently had the opportunity to drive across the newly constructed Sunset Beach Bridge and was impressed with the construction, especially the guardrails. 

    I am requesting the department of highways inspect the bridge at Ocean Isle Beach. I’m sure they would realize the potential for a tragedy to a walker or bicyclist. This inspection will reveal a very narrow bike and pedestrian lane with only a 2-foot guardrail. This lane is generally covered with gravel and other debris. 

  • Not quite a Christmas present, but new recycling carts are a gift enough

    It wasn’t a “Pepsi blue Christmas” from Shallotte after all.

    The town board of aldermen had hoped to have new, larger recycling receptacles delivered to town residents around Christmastime. They were delayed and finally were pulled off trucks and delivered to area driveways in Shallotte last week.

    I almost squealed in delight when I turned into my neighborhood and saw a truckload of the bright blue cans at the entrance.

    I drove along watching driveway after driveway twinkle blue with the new deliveries.

  • Parking on Sunset Beach

    Brunswick County is known for its beautiful beaches. 

    In fact, these beaches play a vital role in our economy. From lodging and meals to entertainment and other services, the county’s beaches keep our economy fluid, even in difficult financial times such as these.

    Sunset Beach is now facing an issue that could alter the very fabric of beach life there. How and where will residents and beach visitors park on the island?

  • Blame game does no good when dealing with senseless tragedy

    Sarah Palin did not kill six people. Rush Limbaugh did not shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sean Hannity did not attack fellow Americans outside a supermarket.

    Jared Lee Loughner did.

    To imply or claim anything else is irresponsible, reckless and libelous.

    To blame—either implied or outright—anyone else for Loughner’s brutal and horrific actions should be criminal.

  • You never know what you may find in a kitchen drawer

    I’ve never been one to be too swift on my feet.

    Growing up, if I wasn’t falling down, I was running into doors and other large household objects—like furniture.

    The result was a lot of cuts, bruises and scrapes. Couple that with the fact that every living, breathing, biting insect typically gnawed into my arms and legs, and you can see the picture—I frequently looked like I had been rolling around in barbed wire.

  • Confidence in Rabon speaks highly of freshman legislator

    There was some concern that with the departure of state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. and state Sen. Julia Boseman from the General Assembly in Raleigh, coastal North Carolina could get less attention in the state this year.

    But if Bill Rabon’s public reception and freshman leadership role are any indication of how his first term in office is going to evolve, then it looks as though we may be just fine.

    Rabon is replacing a longtime senator, and the seat is switching from Democrat to Republican. He will have a tough job ahead of him.

  • Pot haul an all-time high in Sunset Beach

    It’s been deemed the largest cannabis bust in Sunset Beach history.

    On Christmas Eve, during a routine traffic stop of a Lincoln Continental speeding through town, Sunset Beach police got a whiff of something funny and followed up with a consent to search the vehicle.

  • Magical newsprint turns words into not so great real-life events

    I sometimes think that these few inches of newsprint where my column appears every two weeks have magical powers.

    In the past couple of months, there have been multiple instances where something I have written about right in my column has actually happened.

    Take the July 29, 2010, issue, for example. My column, aptly titled “Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future,” was written days after Shallotte experienced a several-hour power outage during an afternoon rainstorm.