Today's Opinions

  • New dog park in Shallotte is great for pets and their people companions, too

    They were barking, playing, rolling, jumping and sniffing around, and their owners were glad they finally had a place to do it.

    On Sunday, my husband and I took our dogs to Shallotte’s new Bark Park. The warm weather and sunshine had plenty of other residents and their dogs out there as well.

    If you haven’t been to the new park, you’ll find it at Shallotte Park at 5550 Main St., close to U.S. 17. When you drive into the park, the driveway to the left will take you to the side with the dog park.

  • Oh, baby, what a 911 delivery that was

    Calabash resident Martha Jakovenko wishes to announce the blessed birth of her grandson, a baby who emerged last Thursday night in an emergency situation that made headlines.

    New grandbaby Nicholas Aleksandr’s Feb. 18 world debut was four days overdue, yet so sudden when it happened his dad, Gary Cuozzo of North Branford, Conn., barely had time to dial 911 to help wife Natalia through the at-home delivery.

  • Dangerous intersections

    To the editor: I don’t know if there is statistical category for dangerous highway intersections, but if so, Shallotte would surely finish in the Top 10 with one single entry.

    I refer to the confluence of roads and streets at the south end of town that creates a veritable

    carnival of auto collision possibilities. Anyone who has ever driven in the area connecting Sellers Road and Main Street could testify as to this myriad of nightmare alleys.

  • Acting like a politician?

    To the editor: Mr. Tinger criticized the Sunset Beach town administrator for “acting like a politician.” He feels politicians can’t be trusted. Some Washington politicians have poisoned the pool of trust, but this is Sunset Beach—not Washington.

    Gary Parker is sincere, dedicated and hardworking and will provide straight answers to questions and issues over which he has responsibility, to any Sunset Beach citizen, at any time.

  • Brunswick's winter wonderland: Maybe Greg Fishel isn't ever wrong

    Walking outside in the cold crisp air, catching the occasional snowflake on my tongue. Frosty white stuff blanketing the sandy ground and making crunching sounds under my boots as I walked.

    Two weeks ago, this was all just a dream; one I never expected to come true. However, this weekend, it did come true.

    When the meteorologists began monopolizing the morning and evening newscasts with the threat of winter weather, I laughed. As they showed the projected path with Brunswick County in the light pink area on the map, I laughed again.

  • Counterpoint--It's about the process

    It’s not about the person; it’s about the process.

    Unfortunately, it appears the Shallotte Board of Aldermen never had a clearly defined process to hire a new town administrator.

    That’s shortchanging constituents whose taxpayer dollars are used to run the town.

    The town received about 100 applications for the job. Two weeks ago, some board members were ready to hire Albert Hughes, even though aldermen Michael Pease and Larry Harrelson said then they hadn’t even looked at the applications.

  • Point--Decision was good

    Last week, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen made an appropriate decision to cut short their hiring process and award the position to interim town administrator, Albert Hughes.

    They recognized they had a unique opportunity in promoting Hughes to the position—an opportunity not always available to elected officials who serve in the hiring role for the town’s top paid position.

  • Surviving candy cigarettes, lead-based paint and being tied up by Granny

    We were probably wound up from the sugar.

    We had likely just finished sucking on our candy cigarettes, holding out on the red-colored pretend flame as long as we could.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out one of us had that imitation candy cigarette box rolled up in a shirtsleeve.

    It isn’t unlikely we hadn’t quite recovered from brain-freeze after we gulped down sugary, artificially-colored-and-flavored Icees.