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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrating Sunshine Week and your right to know

    Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?

  • Celebrate today

    Most weeks I consider my job more fun than work. But there are weeks I question my career choice.

    No one wants to write the story of a town grieving for the loss of a much loved public figure, or of a fire that destroyed two small businesses and severely injured a man, or about a bicyclist run over by three cars on U.S. 17, or about a family of four dying in a car wreck. But writing these types of stories comes with the job. Unfortunately, last week they were all in the paper—it was a sad news week.

  • Happy Sunshine Week from behind the (freedom of information) battle lines

    Is it really that time of year again? My, how times flies.

    It’s Sunshine Week. Besides being my favorite time of the year, Sunshine Week is a week each year created to celebrate freedom of information and your right to know.

    Started (suitably) by a group of news editors in Florida in 2002, Sunshine Week was taken over by the National Society of News Editors in 2003, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    This week, hundreds of news organizations and community groups celebrate the public’s right to know during the weeklong celebration.

  • People should get the facts straight

    To the editor:

    How sad that some people lack the vision to see what might be and fail to get their facts straight before condemning the actions of others.

    First, the property on which the Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge now sits is not zoned residential. In fact, the Old Bridge Preservation Society is working closely with the town of Sunset Beach to ensure that it follows all rules and regulations. Landscaping is a major priority of the society.

  • Please sign park petition

    To the editor:

    I am pleased to see I am not the only taxpayer and voter in Sunset Beach who is bewildered and concerned with town council’s decision to pursue the purchase of parkland for what appears to be a highly over-inflated price. 

    The “Taxpayers of Sunset Beach In Opposition To the Purchase of Land and Development of a Town Park” petition allows property owners to voice their concern over reckless spending of taxpayers’ money. 

  • We’re looking for interesting Brunswick Countians to tell their stories

    When was the last time you sat down with a friend, neighbor, classmate or fellow churchgoer and thought, “Wow, what an interesting person!”?

    When was the last time you had a chat with someone and their life story was so interesting you couldn’t wait to share it with the next person you spoke with?

    Has there been a person in the community who has shared his or her life experiences with you and you’ve thought, “Man, someone should write this down.”

    Well, that’s exactly what we want to do.

  • Let officials speak for constituents

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick County, is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 110. If this bill were to gain approval in the General Assembly, it would allow terminal groins to be placed on North Carolina’s coastlines.

    Terminal groins are hardened structures constructed in coastal areas prone to beach erosion. They are designed to lessen beach erosion by catching and shifting sand along the shoreline.

  • Mayor’s death is a great loss to community

    It was with great sadness last week we learned of the sudden passing of Shallotte Mayor Donald C. “Buddy” Kelly.

    Kelly, who died following an illness, was a selfless and tireless community servant. 

    He earned the respect of all who knew him by being a conscientious listener. He was observant and respected other people’s opinions. When he spoke, those who knew and worked with him knew he was being thoughtful and had well evaluated information before sharing his opinion.