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Today's Opinions

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • Sunset Beach police chief deserves kudos

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner recently announced three new programs available to residents of our town:

    Coffee with the Chief: This program provides residents an opportunity to personally meet with their police chief in a friendly and casual setting. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss matters of interest, learn more about their police department, offer tips and share information directly with Chief Joyner.

  • Fire department merits newly improved rating

    To the editor:

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin recently announced the Tri-Beach Fire Department completed its routine inspection and received a rating of 4 for the Holden Beach District. The 4 rating is an improvement from the department’s previous 5 rating and will be effective Aug. 1. Ratings of responding fire departments directly impact property insurance calculations.

  • Sunset Beach ownership issue remains unresolved

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Attorney Grady Richardson is wrong in claiming a “2006 legal opinion involving Riverside Drive and petitioner Jan Harris, when ownership of the 69-lot property was resolved by submission of deeds.”

  • Animal cruelty is a people problem

    To the editor:

    Regarding the tragic story of Pearl the cat, this was a sickening, barbaric and inexcusable violent crime.

    Those who care about animals should be aware there is a direct correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence that has been documented through research across various academic disciplines. If there is animal cruelty occurring within a family, there is a good chance people are being abused also, including intimate partners, children/babies and/or the elderly.

  • Sexual identity is essential

    To the editor:

    They are sick, if indeed sincere, and are in desperate need of help. I am referring to those who claim they are of the sex opposite to that evident by their physiological constitution. I am not a medical doctor, but I am also not stupid. When a person believes and claims they are really members of the opposite sex, ab utero, or whenever, something serious and very dangerously wrong is going on.

  • Thank you for BFA food drive

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to long-time volunteer Molly Dupree and all her neighbors in the Seascape Community for conducting a food drive that collected more than 1,600 pounds of food for BFA’s food pantry.

    Donations such as this are critical to our food pantry and the families BFA serves.

    Thank you, Seascape!

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA program manager

    Shallotte