Today's Opinions

  • Vegetation can help barrier islands

    To the editor: Life on barrier islands is risky. Insurance rates are climbing. State Farm won’t insure islands.

    On Ocean Isle Beach, the ecological infrastructure is decimated by development. Manicured lawns don’t slow storm surges or block winds. How can we protect property?

    The most effective means of protecting our islands is clustered native vegetation. Vegetation’s role was studied extensively by Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN), funded by the National Science Foundation (www.coastalbarrierisland.org).

  • How is your POA?

    To the editor: I hope there are some out there that live in subdivisions with POAs because you’ll understand or maybe yours is not like ours.

    In ours, you can’t speak at a meeting unless you request beforehand, but there are others who can go sit in and if they don’t like what’s being said, they speak anyway. Strange, huh?

  • There are calendar girls in Brunswick County

    I met a calendar girl this past weekend, and she wasn’t anything like I expected. She was friendly, down-to-earth and approachable.

    She also is a Brunswick County resident—along with more than a dozen other calendar girls.

    These ladies are all members of the Cape Fear Yacht Club in Southport. They recently collaborated to produce a calendar featuring themed photos of them for each of the 12 months.

  • If transparency becomes a partisan issue, why would anyone want to be on the other side?

    Here we go again.

    For a president who campaigned on transparency, things sure are murky around the Obama White House these days.

    After near constant campaign promises of increased transparency on all things White House-related—specifically healthcare reform—President Barack Obama has failed to make good on his promise.

    The House passed their behemoth healthcare reform bill in November, and then the Senate delivered the same on Christmas Eve.

    Then it was lights out on healthcare reform.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance 2009 Report

    To the editor: On behalf of Brunswick County residents in crisis, the board of directors and staff of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) would like to express our gratitude to the community of Brunswick County for their generosity in aiding the county’s neediest. Specifically, BFA in 2009 distributed:

    •$374,000 in food (183 tons) to 3,051 households with 9,546 affected people.

    •$139,000 in heating and utilities to 1,701 households.

    •$158,000 in rental assistance and emergency shelter to 484 households.

  • Help to Haiti comes in many forms in Brunswick County

    When the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, thousands of people were killed and even more were injured.

    With little sound infrastructure in place, it was immediately clear rescue and relief efforts originating beyond Haiti’s borders would be key in survival for a country devastated by this natural disaster.

    Here in Brunswick County, many residents wanted to know how they could help. Some took to aiding national organizations, like the American Red Cross, with fundraising efforts aimed at assisting those in need.

  • SOS weekend a unique scene for a murder mystery

    Dancing, carousing and celebrating a love of beach music are the main things associated with the Society of Stranders (SOS) weekend in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The “Stranders” are fun-loving souls, dedicated to keeping beach music and the king of East Coast dances, the shag, alive and well. Their SOS weekends are all about fun and frivolity.

    But what if something unthinkable happened during an SOS event? What if, shagging with your BFFs at Fat Harold’s some night, you stumbled upon a grisly murder scene? What if you were wrongly suspected of the crime?

  • Study outlines DWI problems in Brunswick County; next step: a strategic plan

    There are a lot of misconceptions about who is drinking and driving in Brunswick County, Jayne Mathews, a member of the Brunswick’s Alcohol Fatality Committee (AFC), said Friday morning at a meeting of the Brunswick Resource Coalition.