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Today's Opinions

  • County needs straight answer on drinking water safety

    To the editor:

    I have just written a letter to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners and the Brunswick County Public Utilities Commissioners that asks for a straightforward statement from them as to whether the drinking water in our county is safe to drink.

    We all know the horrible example of Flint, Mich., where that city’s public utility board and its elected governing board failed to alert its citizens of possible real danger in their water.

  • Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

    Here I am (again), stuck in the middle with you (with apologies to the late Gerry Rafferty).

    So, yes, it’s true: While Halloween is my favorite holiday, I’m not only deathly allergic to raw pumpkin but I also have coulrophobia.

    And I cherish my coworkers, but not when they prey upon my fear of clowns.

    I was back in Cleveland the other weekend for my cousin’s wedding. That, coupled with the abundance of letters to the editor and guest columns we received, is why there was no column from me in last week’s edition.

  • You decide: Should we worry about monopolies?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of my favorite games as a child was Monopoly. On a Saturday morning, my mother would announce, “tonight is Monopoly night.” That evening, the family would gather around the dining room table and play Monopoly for hours. An added bonus was the availability of snacks, something my mother usually prohibited after dinner.

  • Backpedaling on park use

    To the editor:

    On a most basic level, I do not support Sunset Beach town property being used as a venue for a private business to operate for profit.

    I believe the park’s purpose is for the enjoyment of the citizens and guests as a recreational facility. As such, I can understand the park being used for special events.

  • Be engaged in town affairs

    To the editor:

    Here’s a dismal fact: Out of about 3,500 registered voters in Sunset Beach, only 1,100 voted in the last municipal election.

    So why don’t citizens of Sunset Beach vote in municipal elections?

    Maybe it’s the same reason they don’t attend town council meetings: it’s inconvenient, it cuts into dinnertime or it’s not important.

  • Beware of bad contractors

    To the editor:

    When was the last time you needed a contractor to get some work done in Brunswick County? For the past several months, I have been trying to get work accomplished after I purchased a metal building, but prep work needed to prepare the site for it.

  • Anglers helped save man’s life

    To the editor:

    A round of applause goes to the fishermen Oct. 8 at Sunset Beach Pier. They were definitely fishers of men this day.

    A young man was fighting the surf when several men on the pier noticed his panic. They started yelling and waving, alerting beach goers to help. Several men pulled him to shore and EMTs were notified. You all rock!

    I’m also sending get-well wishes to the young man who was in distress.

    Donna Perkins

    Calabash

  • Candidate gives mixed message

    To the editor:

    Political season has arrived and with it, the clutter of campaign signs.

    A candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council, Duane Lewis, proudly promotes he will “Make Sunset Beach Friendly Again.” Catchy phrase, obviously inspired by another “people’s champion” on the national stage (for now).