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Today's Opinions

  • Nominate Brunswick County teachers to be part of next ‘Real Women’ magazine

    Students in the state of North Carolina are expected to attend 180 days of school.

    Spending 180 days with anyone seems like a lot, but when students have teachers who are engaging and inspiring, the calendar year doesn’t seem so long.

  • Winter-wear is a totally different style at the beach

    Call me crazy, but since it’s been so cold and the middle of winter and all, lately I’ve been getting the urge to don a coat and place a knit toboggan on top of my head. Oh, and socks and boots on my feet and leggings, too, which I think are kind of trendy.

    Not at the beach.

    “Cute cap,” remarked a regular, bare-headed patron of Sunset Beach Town Council meetings upon my arrival at the board’s monthly session Jan. 10. His baby grandson, he said, wore the same kind of headgear when the infant went home from the hospital.

  • Doesn’t like decision about students

    To the editor:

    I wanted to comment on last week’s incident at West Brunswick High School. 

    I appreciate Katie (Jacewicz) sticking to the facts, but did it really have to be placed on the front page? 

  • Thanks, taxpayers and voters

    To the editor:

    Thanks to taxpayers and voters of Brunswick County. Thank you for electing Bill Rabon and Jon David.

    In the 2014 election, get rid of liberal U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

    Now for Brunswick County, when prices and incomes were high, they evaluated property values too high. Now people who invested in Brunswick County cannot pay the high property tax.

    Help! Talk with commissioners and the tax department. Cut valuations and the tax rate. Help cut now while the economy is in the ditch.

  • Check bridge safety issues

    To the editor:

    I recently had the opportunity to drive across the newly constructed Sunset Beach Bridge and was impressed with the construction, especially the guardrails. 

    I am requesting the department of highways inspect the bridge at Ocean Isle Beach. I’m sure they would realize the potential for a tragedy to a walker or bicyclist. This inspection will reveal a very narrow bike and pedestrian lane with only a 2-foot guardrail. This lane is generally covered with gravel and other debris. 

  • Not quite a Christmas present, but new recycling carts are a gift enough

    It wasn’t a “Pepsi blue Christmas” from Shallotte after all.

    The town board of aldermen had hoped to have new, larger recycling receptacles delivered to town residents around Christmastime. They were delayed and finally were pulled off trucks and delivered to area driveways in Shallotte last week.

    I almost squealed in delight when I turned into my neighborhood and saw a truckload of the bright blue cans at the entrance.

    I drove along watching driveway after driveway twinkle blue with the new deliveries.

  • Parking on Sunset Beach

    Brunswick County is known for its beautiful beaches. 

    In fact, these beaches play a vital role in our economy. From lodging and meals to entertainment and other services, the county’s beaches keep our economy fluid, even in difficult financial times such as these.

    Sunset Beach is now facing an issue that could alter the very fabric of beach life there. How and where will residents and beach visitors park on the island?

  • Blame game does no good when dealing with senseless tragedy

    Sarah Palin did not kill six people. Rush Limbaugh did not shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sean Hannity did not attack fellow Americans outside a supermarket.

    Jared Lee Loughner did.

    To imply or claim anything else is irresponsible, reckless and libelous.

    To blame—either implied or outright—anyone else for Loughner’s brutal and horrific actions should be criminal.