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Today's Opinions

  • January has come and gone; have you kept your resolutions?

    Hello, February, welcome to 2011. It seems like the new year just got started and already we’re rolling into a new month.

    As January drew to a close, a lot of people were looking back at the resolutions they made last Dec. 31. How successful have you been in keeping your resolutions?

    One of my resolutions was to be healthier in 2011 than I was in 2010. One of the ways I committed to do that was kick caffeine, coffee and aspartame to the curb.

    How am I doing so far in 2011?

  • Making the switch to a new radio system is the right thing to do

    Since 2004, Brunswick County has invested millions of dollars to purchase a new emergency radio system and maintain and repair it.

    The problem is, even with all of that money dedicated to it, some of the men and women who use it regularly—emergency responders whose lives depend on it—say the system doesn’t always work.

  • Bill to lift cap on charter schools a good first step for North Carolina students

    With the North Carolina General Assembly in session, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the bills introduced in the state House and state Senate over the next few weeks and how, if ratified, they would affect people in Brunswick County.

    When you step on the campus of Roger Bacon Charter Day School in Leland, it doesn’t take long to realize this is not the norm—that you are at an exceptional educational facility.

  • All commissioners need to adhere to code of ethics

    In December, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners adopted a code of conduct for county employees and a code of ethics for board members.
    The code of ethics, which was mandated counties adopt per the General Assembly, specified county commissioners should no longer serve on county boards because of possible conflicts of interest. 
    The exception to this was boards where law mandated a commissioner serve. For Brunswick County, that is the county’s board of health.

  • Where are elected officials when it matters?

    To the editor:

    An effort has been under way in recent months to privatize the operation of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. The organization responsible is Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), hopefully the first recipient of a shelter-operating contract with the county. Its primary objective is to preclude the need to exterminate 5,000 innocent animals every year without raising costs to county taxpayers—a challenging, but attainable goal.

  • Must find a viable parking solution

    To the editor:

    There appears to be no consensus on parking, be it metered, posted, signs, enforcement and general beach access for people not living on the island (Sunset Beach). 

    The opinion seems to be one of protection for those privileged to have island property ownership or renters and for all others a permitting and/or parking fees system. 

  • ‘When You Want’

    To the editor:

    When you want your eggs well done,

    Will always have God and His Son.

    I’m some sinner so very badly soiled,

    Who sometimes has to be hard-boiled.

    Now if I really have to egg you on,

    We all will know that once upon,

    A long time ago my Jesus, He did;

    Had rock-rolled away from where He hid.

    Sun dipped low and light did disappear.

    All around, you could see so much fear,

    But my Dear Lord did came back again,

  • Did Mr. Warren do something wrong?

    To the editor:

    The new county code of conduct and ethics was supposed to be a guide for better government in Brunswick County for commissioners and employees alike, but I see that county commissioners have asked one of their own to resign from county boards or be censured. 

    Other commissioners are on county boards. The people of Brunswick County must ask themselves why is it the only black commissioner is asked to resign from county boards while all the other commissioners are appointed to boards?