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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for Brunswick Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    Just want to say thanks to our sponsors and the 60 participants of the Brunswick County Toy Run’s Spring Poker Run.

    The event started at Wal-Mart and was escorted 50 miles by Brunswick County Sheriff Office to Brunswick Island Baptist Church where we enjoyed lunch donated by the church.

    We were able to raise $3,000 to help finance our Christmas shopping with children from Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • Vote in honor of our service members

    To the editor:

    Memorial Day is the day we set aside as a nation to remember those who have served our country in war and peacetime. It is also the time to consider who our next president will be.

    Let us come together and remember the highest honor we can pay our service members is to vote in the next election. It is not only our duty and responsibility, but it is privilege.

    So many have given their all so we remain free to vote. So hold your nose, and vote.

    Mim McDermott

    Sunset Beach

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed two bills out of the House Transportation Committee dealing with ferries and with light rail projects; we honored our veterans with a resolution on the House floor; and we completed the individual sections of the House budget.

  • It’s time to bask in nature’s serenity

    You might think after nearly three years of living in Brunswick County I’d be thoroughly acclimated to its environment and the animals that call it home, particularly inland, but you would be mistaken.

    Also, if you’re heading up U.S. 17 at a pretty good clip and get stuck behind a blue car doing the speed limit because its driver is craning her neck to gawk at an egret fishing in a ditch full of water along the shoulder, I apologize in advance.

  • Senate Bill 875 sets bad precedent

    To the editor:

    Sen. Bill Rabon has filed a bill (SB 875) with the General Assembly that proposes to de-annex from Sunset Beach to Brunswick County three areas within the town limits of Sunset Beach. These areas are Sunset Beach West, Palm Cove and Sunset Creek Commons. Neither the Sunset Beach Town Council nor Brunswick County knew anything about this bill prior to the senator’s phone call to Sunset Beach Town Mayor Ron Watts last Wednesday, May 11.

  • Senator’s proposal bad for people of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    I am strongly opposed to Senate Bill 875 which state Sen. Bill Rabon introduced May 11. This is not in the interest of the citizens of Brunswick County and certainly not in the interest of homeowners and taxpayers of Sunset Beach.

    The only reason I can see Rabon would propose such a bill is to allow a developer to proceed with an attempt to spoil the wetlands and Bird Island by attempting to convince Brunswick County to reverse the decision by Sunset Beach citizens and their town council that the town owns the west end of Main Street.

  • Lawmakers must oppose Senate Bill 875

    To the editor:

    I am a resident of Sunset Beach and writing in reference to Senate Bill 875 sponsored by Sen. Bill Rabon that proposes to de-annex from Sunset Beach three areas under development.

    I would like to simply remind legislators of one of the foundation principles that allowed our country to become the greatest country on the planet: We are a government of the people, by the people and for the people!