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Today's Opinions

  • 'Back to school' means it's time to shine and shuttle before the sun

    If I had to go back to school, I’d probably be tardy.

    For one thing, I’d probably miss the bus, assuming I’d be returning to elementary school.

    These days, Brunswick County students in grades K-through-5 literally have to rise before the chickens in order to catch the bus. This means their devoted parents have to awaken even earlier if they hope to raise up those kids right and get them dressed and fed before the big yellow bus swings by well before sunrise o’clock.

  • Phyllis DeFraine

    Phyllis “Fifi” DeFraine, 88, of Calabash, was born in Rochester, N.Y., and died at home on Sept. 24, 2011.
    She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn; and a daughter, Pami.
    Surviving are her daughter, Jill Hope and husband Paul of Calabash; granddaughter, Gigi Smith of Calabash and husband Joe; grandson, Sean Grady of Tabor City and wife Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Briana Smith, Caylee and Chloe Grady.
    Fifi requested her ashes be scattered at Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., during the spring of 2012.

  • Don’t hurt real estate growth with delays, Congress

    People who live in communities like ours know how vital the housing and tourism industries are to our livelihood.
    This county has been hard-hit in recent years. As the bottom dropped out of the real estate market, people in many lines of work lost their jobs. From service professionals to business owners, everyone has been hoping the market will soon rebound and jobs and cash flow will return to this area.

  • Find a solution

    To the editor:
    A good deal of concern was voiced at the Sept. 15 workshop in regard to Main Street parking (on Sunset Beach).
    Angle parking is currently widespread. Cars are being loaded and unloaded from the roadway, visibility of children entering the roadway from between parked cars is impaired, driver visibility while entering Main Street from side streets is impaired, and pedestrians have no place to walk other than in the roadway.

  • Open restrooms for the public

    To the editor:
    Raise your hands if you love Shallotte Riverside Park. If you are not sure which park this is, it is the one where the farmers market takes place every Saturday.
    I contacted Shallotte town hall about why the restrooms were never open except for the farmers market. I was told they would give it a trial period for them to be open the rest of the week.
    I am extremely disappointed my husband and I have been to this park on different days and times, never to find the restrooms open.

  • Thanks from CIS

    To the editor:
    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County would like to thank the Walmart stores of Brunswick County (Shallotte, Leland and Southport) for their month-long initiative, “Build A Backpack.”
    Along with designating an area in each store where community members could donate school supplies, Walmart graciously donated student backpacks. Students who could not otherwise afford supplies were able to receive a backpack filled with necessary items to start school.

  • Board members should use common sense

    To the editor:
    Had Mayor Selby and the past town administrator left the assistant administrator alone and let her do her job, along with the planning and zoning board, she would have had the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) completed by now.

  • Look ahead, never down?

    To the editor:
    What is it with these naysayers trying to put the kabosh on the proposed Carolina Shores Park Project? Their “against” presentation is flimsy at best. They begin by pointing out that only a select few occasionally utilize our tax dollar amenities.
    Though it is true relatively few residents utilize our pool, tennis courts, picnic and game area or attend our POA functions, I say to the nitpickers that we will soon have more places that just a few will occasionally utilize.