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Today's Opinions

  • We believe we can make a change

    A month-long challenge is underway at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to answer an important question: What can families do to support each other, manage their weight together and lead healthy lives?

    Here’s why: Children in America today, for the first time in generations, are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents if current health trends continue.

  • Defaced building out of line, step

    On Aug. 28, the nation remembered Martin Luther King Jr.’s impassioned and iconic “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago.
    Here in Shallotte, early the morning of Aug. 30, someone decided to express himself all over Remedy’s Lounge by spray-painting racial epithets and profanity across the exterior, reminding us how far we have yet to go toward achieving that dream.
    Maybe the vandalism was by some bored teenager with time to kill and a bad idea.
    If that is the case: Find yourself a productive hobby, kid.

  • 'Fall' into our upcoming festivals

    Summer may unofficially be over, but some could argue the most fun of the year is yet to be had here in the fall.

    It starts with the Intercultural Festival this Saturday from Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy an international pavilion, food tasting, vendors, children’s activities, storytelling and multinational performances. Details are at www.bcifestival.org.

  • Making HOAs and POAs work better

    Most people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and friendly. They also want to be able to do what they want with the property where they live, while at the same time making sure their neighbors do not do anything that negatively impacts their quality of life or property value.

  • Tribute to Holdens is deserved

    It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.

    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.

    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • Here's the skinny on fending off scammers

    If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.

  • Justice may be closer for Jaronn

    It’s a shame most of us only got to know Jaronn Ladale McAllister because of his violent death March 1, 2012.

    The 3-year-old Shallotte boy was full of the unlimited potential all small children have, and someone cruelly robbed it from him, from us.

    It’s been a long time coming ­— far too long, some say — but at last someone is being held responsible for killing him.

  • Hewett’s story a cautionary tale for youth

    To the editor:

    It seems that everywhere one goes in Brunswick County for the past few days, all you hear is stories about Ronald Hewett. So many people are passing judgment and making statements that have not been confirmed.