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Today's Opinions

  • Rotary raises funds for our area nonprofits

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Rotary Club hosted its annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun in Shallotte (next to Lowe’s Home Improvement) to raise money for nonprofits in Brunswick County.

    Hundreds of participants attended and were treated to a buffet dinner with carving stations followed by dessert. Each was invited to choose a door prize from jewelry, ceramics, hats and shirts, books, paintings, wall hangings, kitchen appliances, etc. Games were played all evening, followed by silent and live auctions.

  • Thank you, BEMC, ORCA for helping BFA

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to express its gratitude to Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. for its ongoing support of our mission through the Warm Homes, Warm Hearts program.

    Since November 2017, BEMC’s Warm Homes, Warm Hearts heating assistance program has contributed $27,000 to BFA. All funds donated through this program go directly to help eligible clients with heating and utility expenses.

  • Support your community while having fun

    If you didn’t make it to the Shallotte Rotary Club’s 13th annual Law Vegas Night this past Saturday night, you missed an entertaining evening.

    I’m not much for gambling, but I’m all for seeing lots of friendly faces and putting faces to the names of people I hadn’t met yet — like Perita Price of the Cedar Grove Improvement Association, with whom I’ve been exchanging emails since I’ve been at the Beacon — while helping a great cause.

  • I just can’t get 2017 to go away

    One of my sisters and her family, along with our parents, spent last weekend on a cruise ship.

    The timing couldn’t have been better for them as they were able to escape the second snowfall of the year to dump on Raleigh.

    And my parents got to trade in living on the coast of Florida for visiting an island off the coast of Florida for a few days.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the General Assembly almost shut down because of 6 inches of snow in Raleigh; however, I was able to bring some of it here to Brunswick County.

  • You decide: What’s the future of retail buying?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 percent to 5 percent when all the receipts are in.

  • A response to Sykes’ email

    To the editor:

    I am responding to county commissioner Pat Sykes’ email to Brunswick County that sounds a whole lot like she is one-sided.

    Personally, I think that our oceans have suffered long enough, and we need not go pinging around the floor of the ocean to see what is there when it will do far more damage than good to the oceanic wildlife living there— not to mention we need not take a chance on a spill occurring like the Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still suffering at this point.

  • Commissioners make bad public policy

    Editor’s note: The writer will face North Carolina House District 17 Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, in May 8’s primary election.

    To the editor: