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Today's Opinions

  • Is de-annexation Rabon’s pet local project?

    To the editor:

    Last year, state Sen. Bill Rabon supported three developers in their attempts to de-annex from Sunset Beach over disputes they had with the town. Generally that means the town is trying to protect its residents or uphold zoning or other ordinances that builders would just as soon circumvent.

    Rabon just introduced a bill to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons Senior Apartment Complex from Sunset Beach.

    I would really be interested in knowing why he seems to make de-annexation bills regarding Sunset Beach his pet projects.

  • Commissioners waste more taxpayer money

    To the editor:

    Well, Brunswick County commissioners Frank Williams and Marty Cooke did it again, this time aided by newly elected commissioner Mike Forte.

    State Rep. Chris Millis has a saying: “Other people spending other people’s money on other people.” And that is exactly what these three commissioners did by agreeing to provide matching funds totaling nearly $110,000 of our money for the Holden Beach Park on top of the $3.5 million they overpaid to purchase the land to begin with. And this just pays for Phase 1.

  • Holden Beach should resume yard debris pickup service

    To the editor:

    After vacationing at Holden Beach for many years, my wife and I built a vacation home in Holden Beach West in 1995. Among the many things we enjoy there is doing our own yard work.

    As you might guess, we were dismayed to learn the town may no longer provide yard debris pickup. That service is something we have relied upon each spring as we prepared our yard for the summer. It would seem that not having this service would create a disincentive for residents to have attractive yards and could have a negative effect on property values.

  • Rogers’ columns are insulting

    To the editor:

    Please stop publishing the opinion pieces from Richard Rogers asking for public support for cost-of-living increases.

    Many of us, probably most, are receiving pensions that do not and will not ever have such a luxury. Any increase for retired municipal employees will only increase our tax burden and that is plain unfair. After all, if it weren’t for our tax dollars, these positions wouldn’t have existed at all.

  • Substance versus process

    To the editor:

    Democracy was once described as “chaos plus the cops.” The desire of many identified as the younger generation is all about “no government.” Backed up with some older and more somber thinking, the system is not changeable and only a total stoppage, with more suffering than one could imagine, is needed and required to get back on democracy’s track. So, old and new generations ideas are coming together.

  • Kudos for 29th annual Gator/Senior Games

    To the editor:

    Many thanks to the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department for opening the 29th annual Gator/Senior Games last Thursday, April 6.

    NC State Senior Games are recognized as one of, if not, the best in the nation. With Khrystye Haselden coordinating the county games, Brunswick County is distinguished in its breadth and depth of participating senior talent. Seniors 50 and older with no upper age limit can participate in everything from visual, heritage, literary and performing arts programs to a dozen or more athletic events.

  • Behold beer as economic fuel and inspiration

    Benjamin Franklin, as it turns out, never said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” I’m not sure who actually said it or if anyone famous ever did, but it doesn’t matter much to me anyway. As far as I’m concerned, a good beer is one of life’s pleasures.

    If I’m at a local restaurant, bar or festival, I’m more likely to try a craft beer I’ve never had before or one I know I can’t get anywhere else to satisfy my palate.

  • Funding of Alzheimer’s research is vital

    To the editor:

    I am writing this from the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum taking place in Washington, D.C.

    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers.