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Today's Opinions

  • Kindred Spirit bench mystery solved

    By Jacqueline DeGroot

    Guest Columnist

     

    No one knows exactly what day it happened, but during the summer of 2011, a custom-built wooden bench magically appeared at The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island. It just showed up one day — with no explanation, and no one seeking credit.

  • Apologizes and better self care are in order
  • Clarification on Sunset Beach swimming pools

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

    I ran for the office of mayor of Sunset Beach to help fairly and effectively handle issues that face our town with minimal drama and, yes, transparency. It’s my privilege to serve in that capacity.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week was the final week of the 2013-14 session. The only thing that can bring us back is a special session called by the governor. The session this year lasted from mid-May until last Wednesday, Aug. 20. We had hoped to be finished by July 4, but negotiations on the budget and other major subjects kept us in session for about three months. The next session for 2015-16 begins in mid-January.

  • Immunizations for Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, for many years has built a reputation for providing reliable, unbiased information about Medicare. Housed in the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers by phone and in person in all 100 counties of the state.

  • Think kindly of good journalists

    Every time I hear someone blame news media for any or all of the world’s ills, I want to shake him.

    I can’t say all journalists are free of bias, or report data correctly at all times, or act completely without malice, or that sharing news to serve the common good is their sole motivation, because it’s not true.

  • Let oceanfront property owners decide on pools

    To the editor:

    Thank you for your opinion about oceanfront pools at Sunset Beach, but it’s not clear to me is why anyone but oceanfront property owners should be concerned with this issue.

    My husband and I have owned an oceanfront house at Sunset Beach since 1985. While we would never want a pool on our acre of property mainly because of the high insurance costs associated with a pool, I feel my neighbors have every right to build one if they choose to do so.

  • Kick off school year with kindness

    To the editor:

    While visiting my grandparents in Ocean Isle Beach, my grandmother read the article below to me that she had seen on Facebook with suggestions for how to get your school year off to a good start. It’s all about being nice to classmates and how to make them feel more comfortable at the beginning of school. My grandfather had the idea that printing this information in the newspaper might be helpful for all kids going back to school soon.