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Today's Opinions

  • '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.

  • Mayor has facts wrong on swimming pool issue

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has his facts wrong on swimming pools in Palm Cove. No zoning applied to Palm Cove ever permitted swimming pools.

    In 1992 the owner of Bird Island proposed to develop the island. The Sunset Beach Planning Board created a special zoning district, CR-1, to accommodate the owner’s wishes. This zoning allowed clubhouses, parking lots, swimming pools, private beach accesses, etc. 

  • Carolina Shores officials defy people’s will

    To the editor:

    As a Carolina Shores resident, I had hoped the days of political skullduggery in our town were in the past, but apparently we are suffering again with politicians who think they can wield power and do whatever they want. Am I wrong or did a large group of our residents go to a recent town meeting and voice their desire to keep Jerry Franklin as the manager of the town recycle center? In addition, were not a large number of letters written to town officials expressing support for and residents’ desire to retain him?

  • Rip current signs should be more visible on Holden Beach

    To the editor:

    I live near Holden Beach and have for many years now. My kids and I go to the beach every chance we get. A few weeks ago, I was walking up the steps at the east end to get on the beach and noticed this sign and thought, “Why is this sign not noticeable?” And this is just one of the problems I’ve found on the beach, like public showers not working or steps and walkways broken or falling apart.