Today's Opinions

  • #Metoo experiences must be validated

    To the editor:

    Women’s #metoo experiences of inappropriate behavior must be validated by everyone, everywhere, before policies can be enacted and enforced. Here is a personal example when I was recently solicited for advice. Keep in mind I am a mother to two daughters.

  • Harsh winter temps call for hibernation

    Happy New Year, all! I rang it in by recovering from the crud that plagued many of us at the end of 2017. For me, it was a fitting conclusion to what was a mostly crummy year.

    When I pulled up to my parents’ house for the holidays, my kid brother Jim and his family weren’t there even though they’d arrived the day before.

    “They went to Target because Noah is sick,” Dad explained.

    “Well then, I know what I’m getting for Christmas,” I said.

  • The answer to Brunswick County’s water wars is bubbling under the surface of BSL

    Boiling Spring Lakes, I think 2018 could be your year.

    If you haven’t noticed, your neighbors in the north end of Brunswick County have spent the past year or so freaking out about either contaminated water in the Cape Fear River and whether they should or shouldn’t drink it or whether to pull water out of the aquifers with a reverse osmosis water plant.

    And all the while, there you are BSL, watching 43 million gallons of water a day shoot out of the ground.

  • You decide: Is North Carolina’s economic shift complete?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    In a few weeks, I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my job interview at North Carolina State University. I had left a snow-covered Ithaca, N.Y., home of Cornell University where I was finishing my Ph.D., and exited the plane on the tarmac (yes, airline passengers did that in the good ol’ days) at RDU Airport. It was bright and sunny and 70 degrees. I thought to myself. “I could get used to this!”

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee: A report to the community

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In fall semester 2017, Brunswick Community College launched the Brunswick Guarantee (BG), a scholarship program funded by Brunswick County to provide free in-state tuition, fees and books ($750 per semester) to qualified high school graduates from Brunswick County public, private, or home schools. Commissioners approved funding the initiative until June 30, 2020, with a maximum investment not to exceed $200,000 per year.

  • Thank you for supporting Warm Homes, Warm Hearts

    To the editor:

    Part of our mission at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. is to serve our community. One of the ways we do this is through our heating assistance program, Warm Homes, Warm Hearts. Every year since 2008 our members, board of directors, and employees have generously donated to this campaign, and BEMC always matches each dollar up to $50,000 per year. One hundred percent of those funds go to Warm Homes, Warm Hearts. Together we have raised $831,659 since the program’s beginning to assist our neighbors in need.

  • Civil Air Patrol offers thanks

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Brunswick County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol NC 170, I would like to thank all the residents of Brunswick County and those from other areas who contributed to the 2017 Wreaths Across American campaign.

    This national event distributed 1,565,000 wreaths, more than 500 truckloads, to 1,422 locations to be placed on veteran’s graves in all national cemeteries worldwide plus other designated cemeteries Dec. 16, 2017.

  • BFA shares its Christmas story

    To the editor:

    I wanted to let you know Brunswick Family Assistance’s Christmas distribution this year was a huge success! After all was said and done, we helped make Christmas possible for 1,295 low-income children and seniors in Brunswick County this year.