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Today's Opinions

  • Enjoys newspaper’s content

    To the editor: When the big newspapers, like those owned by McClatchy, are faltering all around us, it’s refreshing to see a small community newspaper thrive.

    I was at Oak Island a few weeks ago and was completely fascinated by all the local news you cover in your paper. It is packed with interesting information about your town’s people, your community issues and your activities.

    I had such a good time reading it I had to share.

  • Garbage can issue facing town

    To the editor: Your recent article covering the Sunset Beach Town Council budgetary workshop was informative. Of particular interest is the recurring issue of garbage can pushback on Sunset island.

    It appears town council is unsure of who should bear the financial responsibility for that service, and councilmen Ron Watts and Lou DeVita are at odds over this issue. It seems Watts, who happens to be in the resort rental business, is in favor of using town tax money to fund the work. DeVita feels the onus is on the property owners.

  • High school graduates: Your life journey is just about to begin

    Last weekend, Brunswick County and other area high school students closed one chapter of their lives and began preparation to start another.

    This time of year, lots of people are going to offer you advice as you head out on your latest journey. Many of us, who’ve already been there and done that, may have good thoughts to offer, but really, what happens next is all up to you.

    Sure, the last 18 or so years of your life have been interesting, but what’s around the corner may just blow your mind.

  • Thanks for police program

    To the editor: I would like to thank Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause for the C.H.I.E.F.S program and for allowing my grandson Shar to be a part of it this past school year. Chief Gause worked with the students and even took the time to go on trips with them.

    Detective Ed Marti and Sgt. Robert Gravino (and others from the Shallotte Police Department) did a fantastic job. They provided a thorough learning experience and a true bright spot in Shar’s week.

    Please keep this program at Shallotte Middle School. I am only sorry it does not extend to the high school.

  • Adventurous summer reads just a local author away

    Laura Lewis

    Now that summer’s (almost) here, I hope to catch up on my summer reading, starting with the stack of books I’ve accumulated by local authors.

    Yes, I’d like to brush up on my summer tan or sunburn as it were, but personally I find nothing is more boring than “laying out,” as my friends always called it. (Though I suppose “lying out” is more grammatically correct.)

  • Protect yourself from H1N1

    Summer is here and with winter coats long since put away, many people are thinking more about suntans than they are the chance of getting the flu.

    But just because cold weather has gone away, it doesn’t mean the chance of getting the flu has passed us by. While the seasonal flu season is almost over, residents can still contract the H1N1 virus.

  • Carolina Shores residents exercising their rights

    When Carolina Shores commissioners decided recently to change the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager, the decision didn’t sit well with some residents. Rather than accept the change some say they don’t want, some residents decided to take action.

    Resident Joe Lowry researched North Carolina General Statutes and found out citizens had the right to seek out residents’ signatures for a petition that could force the town to have a referendum about the future of its form of government.

  • Celebrate ice cream month and make memories

    The hottest season of the year is here, and July will no doubt be the worst of the hot months. Luckily, since 1984, July has been officially designated as “National Ice Cream Month.”

    As far as I’m concerned, that’s a great reason to indulge in the delicious frozen treat.