Today's Opinions

  • Terminal groins are not the answer

    To the editor: I commend Mayor Debbie Smith’s efforts to help the Golds with erosion problems; however, what will she do for the Ocean Isle Beach homeowners who will experience down-drift erosion caused by terminal groins?

    What will she do for taxpayers who will pay for the negative impacts of groins?

  • Have you checked your insurance policy lately?

    To the editor: If you have wind and hail coverage on your home anywhere in coastal North Carolina, it’s not worth anywhere close to what you might think.

    House Bill 1305 was signed into law on Aug. 26, 2009 (it then became Session Law 2009-472), and it lowered your protection without lowering your premiums.

    Under your state-controlled wind and hail policy, the contents of your home are now covered at only 40 percent of value as opposed to 70 percent before the law. It is no longer at the actual cash value to replace them.

  • He is the way

    To the editor: The dictionary describes “grace” as “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.”

    The Bible says we are saved by grace: “For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.

  • Supports Patterson for N.C. House

    To the editor: There’s been a lot of attention on the November elections and the change they will most likely bring to Washington. Personally, I’d like to focus on our area and talk about a change in who represents us.

    Dewey Hill is seeking his 10th term for the N.C. House. In that time, unemployment in Columbus County has risen from 4.7 percent to a high of 14 percent in February of this year. He also continues to vote to raise spending and taxes, including voting to tax Internet purchases and downloads.

  • What were other commissioners’ opinions?

    To the editor: I find it interesting the only comments from the Carolina Shores closed session minutes printed  [in the Jeremy Cribb story] were from the town attorney and former commissioner Herman.

    Last year, all the anger of the situation seemed to be focused on then-commissioner Herman and commissioner DiStasio, the only women on the board.

    Doesn’t it require a majority of members to take action on anything?

  • Find better use of taxpayer money

    To the editor: Having once again failed to obtain grants to help fund a controversial land purchase for a park, some Sunset Beach officials want to dig deeper into the taxpayers’ pockets to the tune of $3.7 million and pay for it outright, even though the property is assessed at only $2.6 million and changes in flood-plain requirements have made it less desirable for development than it once was.

  • Fair may be a fun way to boost business, local appeal

    I was quite surprised and pleased when I learned about a local group’s plans for a “family day fair and exposition” next year in Shallotte.

    The goal of the four-day event is to bring people into town for fun, entertainment and to support local businesses. My recent interview with the organizers started me thinking about the various fairs I attended over the years, particularly the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

  • Good teachers leave lasting, lifetime impressions on young people

    I am who I am today because people like you believed in me.

    Those are the words I would say to Cindy Ethington, a beloved teacher from my hometown who died July 16 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

    I got to know Mrs. E shortly after she began her teaching career at Bardstown Middle School. She and fellow teacher Janet Carrico had applied for a grant for a unique student program. Through it, BMS students were selected to spend a good portion of their summer, and then most of the school year, traveling and learning about Kentucky’s history.