Today's Opinions

  • Stop the intervention

    Much has been written and argued concerning terminal groin usage for North Carolina beaches. Will cooler heads prevail in getting terminal groins approved for use as controlled countermeasures to help save our beaches from the devastating erosion taking place?

    We own property at Ocean Isle Beach and enjoy the small-town feel, safety and quietness there. Similar experiences can be lived at many of the beach communities in the state. We love Ocean Isle and the other North Carolina beaches, but the conditions have changed. The economics have changed.

  • Get your facts straight

    To the editor: I write this letter to defend our fire department against the spurious innuendos by Richard Cerrato that the second fire station was an underhanded misuse of funds since the station would be for the benefit of residents of Ocean Ridge subdivision, who should not be the benefactors of our tax dollars.

    He suggested in bombastic fashion that he “held in his hand proof of this allegation.”

  • Beam me up? I'd rather be skeptical (for now)

    Elliot and E.T. bicycling across the sky silhouetted against a full moon is one of the most iconic images in film history. It’s one that’s stuck with me since I saw it in the theater when I was 10.

    In high school, after hearing about it from one of my teachers, I read the “non-fiction” book “Communion” by Whitley Streiber from cover to cover with barely a break for schoolwork.

  • Board's decision will have impact on county for years to come

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee’s tenure has been a mix of accomplishments and contention.

    Under McGee’s leadership, dropout rates have been reduced, test scores have gone up and facilities have been constructed and improved.

    But unfortunately, many of the district’s accomplishments have been overshadowed by controversy.

  • VA Center would be good use of hospital site

    Many residents have been wondering what will happen to the current Brunswick Community Hospital site once it relocates to its new facility next year.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have an idea—they’d like to see the site used as a Veterans Affairs facility. Recently commissioners committed to working with state and federal agencies to see if this concept can become a reality.

  • Wanted to hear from write-in candidate

    To the editor: What a shame we were not given the opportunity to meet Mary Knight, registered write-in [Calabash] commissioner candidate at Friday night’s forum sponsored by your paper.

    Mary comes with new solutions and new ideas to salvage the mess that the existing commissioners have left to the residents to clean up.

    Nance had his time on the board in the past, and the residents decided not to re-elect him.

  • Carolina Shores needs responsive government

    To the editor: Carolina Shores residents who have attended the monthly town hall meetings will understand when I say we need a responsive government. It is frustrating to attend these meetings and hear our local residents speak up and not be heard.

    The five commissioners were elected to help Carolina Shores develop into a community we all can be proud of and one that conducts business that is honest and has residents’ best interests in mind.

  • Best choice: council/manager

    To the editor: What the citizens of Carolina Shores should realize is by returning to the former form of government, it allows political factions to employ and inject their own policy and/or personnel into the operational aspect of the government, thus rewarding campaign backers in positions they may not be qualified for.

    Under N.C. statutes: In both forms of government (mayor/council or council/manager) the duty and ultimate authority does not change, the “governing body” sets procedures and policy.