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Today's Opinions

  • What does Memorial Day mean to us?

    By Steve Randone

    Guest Columnist

    It has been an amazing year full of ups and downs for this ‘ol country boy who is now a beach bum. I sit here tonight, writing this column, knowing if I don’t clear my mind of the clutter of the day, words will surely escape me. So what do I write about that will give knowledge and enlightenment to readers? What can I write about that will be different from the numerous columns I have written in the past that were mused over with pleasure or even reluctance in some instances?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a new bill dealing with coal ash cleanup, we had many visitors from hospitals, homebuilders and rural electric communities, and we had visitors concerning a Sunset Beach de-annexation bill.

  • Time to take my medicine

    The other day, I called a pharmacy to refill a prescription for my 14-year-old cat, Linus, and made arrangements to pick it up the next day at a certain time and place. For a second consecutive time, though, it wasn’t ready or available despite the arrangements.

    I was steamed not so much because of the inconvenience, but because Linus needed his prescription as soon as possible, on account of his advanced age and health. There’s nothing more important to me in this world than my family, and Linus is my baby boy.

  • Proposed development contrary to regulations

    To the editor:

    Developer Sammy Varnam is apparently unhappy with regulations that have been enforced in Palm Cove. Likely the root of Varnam’s frustration is that he doesn’t understand the regulations. Palm Cove is subject not only to state regulations, but is also in a federal VE Flood Zone, the most dangerous place on the coast to build. These zones are subject to strict federal requirements that must be met in order for the town or the county to participate in the federally subsidized flood insurance program.

  • Taking town property for developers

    To the editor:

    Let me get this straight: My North Carolina state Sen. Bill Rabon has teamed up with local developers to promote a bill (Senate Bill 875) to de-annex — that is, to take property the developers want to develop from the town of Sunset Beach and move it to the county.

  • No need to be a newspaper thief

    To the editor:

    I detest people who insert 75 cents into a newspaper box and take more than one paper.

    I witnessed this about 1:15 p.m. May 25 from the Beacon box at Sunoco Station in Calabash. It’s not like the gentleman couldn’t afford more than one paper (much less read more than one), and he had a vanity plate. Heck, if he could afford the vanity plate, he could certainly not play the game of taking two papers. I must wonder if this is a regular thing for him.

  • North Carolina is no police state

    To the editor:

    In her letter of May 19, Susan Scherer wrote North Carolina is a “police state” because “registered voters have to show a picture ID or they will be turned away and not allowed to vote.” Such comment compels response.

  • How come Sunset Beach developers want de-annexation?

    To the editor:

    As a 10-year, full-time resident of Sunset Beach, I’d like to state I’m against Senate Bill 875, but I was in favor of the bridge, park and boat ramp.

    My question is: What caused these three developers to suddenly want a de-annexation? They apparently were happy with the town when they decided to develop here.