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Today's Opinions

  • Brunswick Community College makes a splash at home, abroad

    We’ve said before how much we love our very own Brunswick Community College—and now people around the globe are finding out why.
    The college’s Center for Aquaculture & Biotechnology is drawing attention from students right here at home and across the world. This semester a continuing education course about fish farming has students enrolled from North Carolina as well as Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Nigeria.
    How’s that for making a splash on an international scale?

  • More smoking regulations are needed

    To the editor:
    The following is in response to a recent letter in a newspaper:
    Yes, we all know that smoking, including second-hand smoke, is hazardous to our health. And while I honor all opinions, especially those of our veterans, non-smoking regulations are greatly needed in our communities and in all public businesses.
    In numerous surveys and research, more than 75 percent, and according to some sources as much as 81 percent, of Americans do not smoke. This is a huge majority. Isn’t our country based upon the premise the majority rules?

  • POAs can be a good thing as long as they regulate themselves

    Neighborhood diversity is the spice of community living.

    Several of my neighbors, for example, regularly park assorted vehicles in and around their driveways.

    Another one is apparently operating a boat yard and dry dock out of his house.

    And lately, within earshot somewhere off U.S. 17 near beautiful downtown, unincorporated Little River, S.C., every morning I can hear the crow of a rooster greeting dawn.

    It might—and I say might—be useful to have a regulatory agency in place to properly address these and other issues.

  • If you need the Lord, go to church

    To the editor:
    I knew a pastor, who when asked the question, “Why are there so many hypocrites in the church?” would reply, “We have room for one more.” Isn’t this the truth? Who among us can live up to our own standards?
    Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick for all have sinned and fall short of the glory.” The only way we can be saved is to realize that without Christ, we are lost.

  • Loves changes at Ocean Isle Beach

    To the editor:
    As a new resident of Ocean Isle Beach, I wrote a letter to the editor a few years ago complaining about the appearance and lack of amenities at Ocean Isle Beach in comparison to those of Sunset Beach.
    May I take it back? I deeply apologize.

  • Track a dollar

    Do you know how hard it is not to spend a dollar that is in your wallet, especially when it’s the last one?

    I have been carrying around a dollar bill for at least two weeks now. When I received it back in my change at a gas station in Sunset Beach, I immediately noticed a red stamp on the dollar. It reads “Track this bill @ www.wheresgeorge.com.” The red stamp appears on both sides of the bill.

  • DSS board leadership continues to be a debacle

    If the North Carolina Department of Social Services wants to write a handbook on what not to do as a county board, all it has to do is record the goings-on of Brunswick County DSS.
    If there weren’t lives and significant taxpayer dollars associated with this debacle, it would be humorous.
    But there’s nothing funny about providing quality-of-life services, especially for children and the elderly.

  • Wrestling event benefits children

    To the editor:
    On Saturday morning, June 4, 2011, the world lost a genuine human being in Christopher Stewart Barbour. He touched many lives in the community through his work with Rent-A-Center and his many fans he thrilled through his time in the wrestling ring.
    Better known to his loyal fan base as Chris Craven, he spent many nights and weekends wowing crowds with his ability. Chris also had a burning passion for music and was a member of several bands, including “A Sunset Morning.”