Today's Opinions

  • Sounds, stress and trying to tune out the noise

    Once, when I lived in Ehringhaus on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, I got in some trouble when I slept through a fire alarm.

    Thankfully, there was no fire. But my resident adviser and a few of the firefighters who responded couldn’t understand why it took so long for the shrill screeching coming directly from outside my dorm room door to rouse me. They thought maybe I was under the influence, but no. It’s just that when I’m good and tired, I can sleep through just about any loudness.

  • It is time to change county tethering laws

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County commissioners heard a proposal Aug. 21 to ban tethering dogs in Brunswick County.

    Speakers included a local veterinarian and others who provided factual evidence outlining the benefits of such an ordinance, which has been passed in more than 20 counties in North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S.

  • Thank you for help in time of family’s grief

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 13, 2017, my brother Charles Reeves passed away after losing his battle with cancer and heart disease.

    I really miss him, but am so thankful he was ready to meet Jesus. There are several folks I want to thank for the help that made his last days more comfortable.

    The first person I want to thank is my sister, Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. She kept my brother in her home for more than two months and lovingly took care of him: cooking for him, praying for him, making his last few months of life a time of dignity and peace.

  • Lack of transportation keeps students out of BCC

    To the editor:

    Why can’t students who are graduating from our high schools continue their education at Brunswick Community College?

    For many, the reason is transportation. Not all parents can afford a car, gas and insurance to get their student there; however, did you know the same yellow buses that took them to Brunswick County Schools also go to BCC? Those buses travel all over the county every morning to pick up students and take them to BCC for Early College High School. In the afternoon, the bus takes them back home.

  • Teacher Academy should remain in place for future

    Classes for the 2017-18 school year just kicked off this past Monday for most Brunswick County schools, but already students and teachers can expect to harvest the fruits of success that took root during the inaugural Teacher Academy.

    Brunswick County Board of Education member John Thompson planted the seed for the program last fall to address three issues: teacher pay, accountability for student performance and changes in the educational system.

  • Three o’clock is naptime, not meeting time

    Last time we spoke, I mentioned in passing the change to the Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting schedule, which was recently reconfigured to the second and third Mondays of the month.

    No sooner than the words were out of my mouth, give or take two to three weeks, county officials have changed the regular meeting schedule once again, so just try to ignore the sensation if you start to experience feelings of déjà vu while reading this.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The two weeks since my last column have been active for me, although I haven’t had to travel to Raleigh. I have been able to meet with so many interesting groups around the district and have been involved in several ongoing issues.

    In our region, we held a groundbreaking Teacher Academy, we learned about the safety status of our drinking water, we have seen legal threats to our beach and inlet projects and I have met with several community groups.

  • On Campus with BCC: Jiaire’s story

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, I watched a clean-cut, confident

    young man walk to the front of a room, stand behind the podium and speak to a local civic organization. From my seat, I saw a passion-filled, intelligent individual who did not need notes to share his message. He was articulate and funny, with just the right combination of humility and confidence.