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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Bus tour of Sunset Beach brings new parking rules

    Bumping along on a bus on unpaved roads with town council isn’t anyone’s idea of a thrill ride. At least not mine.

    And if it were thrilling, it probably wouldn’t be allowed, because amusement rides aren’t part of the Sunset Beach island landscape.

    But council wanted to take a closer look at the parking sites it was about to prohibit. Hence, as part of a specially called meeting with the council-appointed beach parking committee on the morning of Feb. 18, members boarded a Sea Trail shuttle bus and headed for the island.

  • Donate prom dresses and accessories to help local girls in need

    The blue one was special because it made me feel elegant.

    The yellow one with rhinestones had a full skirt and made me feel like a princess.

    I initially didn’t want to try on the pink one because it didn’t have enough sparkle, but once my mom convinced me to, I never wanted to take it off.

    Even though I haven’t worn any of my prom or formal dresses for about a decade, I will never forget the feeling when I first put them on or how they looked in the pictures or the memories made while wearing them.

  • Nonprofit would be good for shelter

    To the editor:

    As a taxpayer, I am perplexed at the decision made by the health department regarding privatization of animal control.

    Chip Carroll of the Farm Bureau obviously did not understand RACE would never have the authority to enact changes to policy. 

    Don Yousey, health department director, stated RACE could do a better job than what is being done now and that Brunswick County had nothing to lose by allowing the change. 

  • Don’t allow hardened structures

    To the editor:

    There are 15-40 winter storms per year along the North Carolina coast. Sea level is rising at an increasing rate as determined from observations.

    Albeit, these natural processes are actually beneficial to North Carolina barrier islands, such as Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. They induce ocean waves and currents, which carry river discharge and sediments east to west along the shore face and into the sound side of the islands, ensuring that the islands will move toward the mainland as the Atlantic Ocean marches landward.