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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Can urban and rural areas get along?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife and I have one foot in rural regions and the other in big cities. We were both born and raised in small towns — I in an unincorporated town (meaning it wasn’t big enough to qualify as an official municipality) in Ohio and she in a recognized town (but still tiny) in upstate New York. I have a vague memory of my mother pulling me in a little wagon to the country store for groceries. On the way home, the groceries were in the wagon and I would walk.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had a session at the old Capitol building to honor the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, we finished the individual sections of the House state budget and we passed the budget sections out of committees.

  • Hands Across the Sand held on county beaches

    Hands Across the Sand events in Oak Island (pictured), Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach took place at noon Saturday, May 21. Sponsored by Oceana, Hands Across the Sand is meant to send a clear message to protect our coast from offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting.

  • Members of Brunswick Environmental Action Team stand ready to perform important work throughout our county

    By Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    Humans are the trustees of the earth and the ocean. We depend on a natural environmental system as a food source and for protection from severe weather events. The same is true for the animals and plants with which we share our environment. North Carolina has more than 2 million acres of estuaries along the coast, which include salt marshes, sounds and beaches. These estuaries are vital for Brunswick County’s tourism and fisheries industries in addition to providing weather protection.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was an unusual week in the North Carolina House of Representatives. We worked into the night on the state budget, we passed bills concerning juvenile justice and shared medical expenses, and I was able to attend an important event two states away.

    This column is being written on a beautiful Saturday morning in north Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I will explain near the end.

  • Holiday starts our tourist, heavy traffic season

    Tourist season is nearly upon us once more, unofficially kicking off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That means we’ll be seeing a lot more traffic on Brunswick County roads through the unofficial end of the season, Labor Day weekend in early September. AAA reported the top five driving destinations in the Carolinas are, in order, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greenville, S.C.

  • Thank you for helping Wreaths Across America effort

    To the editor:

    On May 20, the Brunswick County Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron conducted a Wreaths Across America promotion at Shallotte Wal-Mart.

    On behalf of the entire Squadron, I would like to thank the Wal-Mart customers who opened their purses and wallets to donate funds.

  • Thanks for supporting Masons’ fundraiser

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Masonic Lodge 727 and I would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the local community for their support May 5 as the lodge hosted a chicken plate fundraiser. The funds raised during the event will go to support various Masonic charities.