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Today's Opinions

  • Petition won't change things in Carolina Shores

    To the editor: Misinformation is circulating in Carolina Shores. Often, after citizen input is heard, the board appears to disregard it. This is because extensive research, knowledge and discussion precede board votes.

    Residents dissatisfied with those decisions must elect replacement commissioners. The powers of the figurehead mayor are the same in mayor-council and council-manager government. Under both forms of government, the mayor’s role is limited per N.C. General Statute 160A-151 per the following:

  • Appreciates hospital, staff

    To the editor: I just recently had a stay in Brunswick Community Hospital. I went in as an emergency patient and was later admitted. I want to praise the hospital and its staff for taking such exceptional care of me.

    I could not have received better care anywhere else in the country. The staff in the ER was right on top of things from

    the start and once I was admitted, I received exactly what I needed.

    I would like to say thanks to the doctor and nurses who helped me. It is so nice to know we have a quality

  • 'Luna' now the star of her own exhibit

    I recently put in a plug for the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s albino alligator naming contest, and I’m proud to report the aquarium has opened its exhibit and named its star: Luna.

    According to the aquarium, visitors got a sneak peek at the exotic creature in March during “Scales and Tails” and immediately initiated the naming contest.

    The aquarium received 1,500 submissions both onsite and online, some from as far away as Germany and Scotland. Entries include Lilly, Allie, Pearl and Opal.

  • Recycling revives good intentions

    So I’ve finally grown concerned about all the plastic grocery bags drifting around out there—getting lodged in trees, floating aimlessly along the highway like lost balloons.

    I realized if I had a dollar for each homeless bag littering our otherwise pristine environment (except for the beer cans), my 401K and I could reconsider retirement.

    Apparently, nobody is offering reimbursement for these little eyesores and wildlife hazards.

  • Department heads, elected officials responsible for knowing the law

    In April, The Brunswick Beacon requested access to e-mails generated to and from county government administration department heads.

    The county promptly responded to the request, providing the newspaper access per N.C. Public Records Law. Often we have good responses to public records requests from the county.

    However, following our most recent request, at a May 20 county government department heads’ meeting, extended discussion took place about the state’s public records law and the federal Freedom of Information Act.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate its 50 years this weekend

    A lot can happen in 50 years. Just ask any of the original residents of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Ocean Isle Beach was a 7-mile stretch of pure beach some 50 years ago. When Odell Williamson and M.C. Gore purchased the island in 1953, they sold only a handful of lots before Hurricane Hazel hit the following year and wiped away most if the island’s initial developments.

    Over time, the town rebuilt and grew into one of the best restored beaches in the country, according to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

  • Hurricane season is here; now is the right time to start planning

    There’s something about severe weather that really intrigues me. From swirling clouds and darkening skies, to booms of thunder and flashes of lightning, reporter instincts quickly kick in when rough weather approaches.

    Now that June 1 has come and gone, all Brunswick County residents’ severe weather intrigue should be piquing as hurricane season is finally here.

  • Close, but not quite

    To the editor: I appreciate the experience John Heidtke has had and thank him for his service. His column in the May 21 edition was enlightening and reassuring. but the organization he quoted for statistics does not exist.

    The Violence Policy Center is a rabid anti-second amendment organization and has nothing to do with the National Rifle Association. The statistics quoted are close but not complete.