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Opinion

  • With every passing day, we lose more and more World War II veterans, members of our nation’s greatest generation. Now, we are in danger of losing our state’s monument to them and others who lost their lives in that war.

  • All residents of Brunswick County — including elected officials — have the right to voice their opinions on matters that affect their way of life. When the public cannot discern whom its elected officials are representing, however, it raises legitimate questions about potential conflicts of interest. Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill and Mayor Ron Watts have found themselves the subject of such questions in the past month.

  • Maybe the loss of privilege licenses will not affect the bottom line of Brunswick County’s municipalities much, but Senate Bill 369 certainly will if it should become law.

  • It appears the economic recovery in Brunswick County is gaining momentum based on construction projects in progress.

  • Congratulations to Les Tubb, who has become Brunswick County Schools’ 10th superintendent in 30 years after serving in an interim capacity twice in five years.

  • Every county in North Carolina has either a coroner or a medical examiner, though most by now employ the latter. Brunswick County is not among them, with Greg White having served as our coroner for the past 30 years.

  • To report a single fire death during the course of a winter is terrible. To report five of them in less than 48 hours is beyond horrific, especially because four victims in the five fires reported in five days last week were members of a Supply family that included a 3-year-old boy and his pregnant mother.

    Compounding that tragedy is the fact their mobile home had no smoke detectors. We will never know if having one would have saved their lives, but we know it would have increased their chances of survival.

  • Loss of income, a loved one or health — any one of them can drive anyone from his or her home at any time. More often than not, advocates say, it is a combination of these factors that contributes to the homelessness of too many people in our county.
    No one takes pride in being homeless; in fact, pride often prevents those who need help the most from seeking it. But perhaps the most important point they — the homeless and those who speak out on their behalf — would like to share is this: Do not make the mistake of thinking it could never happen to you.

  • It was last June when Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO approached Leland Town Council about rezoning property on Chappel Loop Road so it could become the site of a reverse osmosis plant. In July, H2GO officials took Leland council members and Mayor Brenda Bozeman on a tour of such a plant in Kill Devil Hills so they could see firsthand what H2Go’s plant would be like.

    The Leland board ultimately denied the request based on public misgivings over potential chemical, noise and light pollution and other disruptions to residential areas.

  • Once upon a time, Shallotte might have been called a sleepy little Brunswick County town. Those days are over.

  • The heart became a symbol of St. Valentine’s Day, traditionally celebrated every Feb. 14, centuries ago in many countries. Fifty-one years ago, the United States took the symbol a step further by observing all of February as American Heart Month in an effort to promote better health.

  • While officials are examining the potential for retail and other economic growth in Brunswick County using up-to-date data and input from residents as well as visitors, it is important to remember the overwhelming majority of the county’s employers are small businesses.

    The development of those entrepreneurial endeavors, here and across the Tar Heel State, have been supported for the past three decades by the Small Business Center (SBC) Network of the North Carolina Community College System.

  • The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is trying to determine how to proceed on upgrades to five of the county’s 13 parks without incurring debt or raising taxes.

    The process thus far has been pay-as-you go, with planned improvements to Town Creek, Waccamaw, Smithville District, Shallotte District and Ocean Isle Beach being ranked on the county’s yearly capital improvement plan (CIP). But not even a month into 2015, commissioners are quibbling over which of those parks should get first dibs on available funds.

  • Most of the nation — including North Carolina — is in the throes of a flu epidemic, according to the latest map by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The situation is serious enough that it prompted Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to ask those who are not patients and younger than 18 to stay out of its facilities for now. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington soon followed suit, enacting a similar policy prohibiting those 12 and younger from visiting its locations.

  • Brunswick County is looking at its first major cold snap of the year this week, with nighttime temperatures expected to drop to as low as 17 degrees.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we are unlikely to experience a repeat of the early 2014 deep freeze that coated our area with a thick layer of ice. One caveat: The winter forecast favors below-average temperatures in southeastern states.

  • Too many efforts to make Brunswick County roads and bridges safer and more convenient are posing serious risks and creating major hardships as we enter a new year.

    Some discomfort is to be expected during times of change, as indicated by endless clichés like “no pain, no gain” and “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

    But some projects under way by the North Carolina Department of Transportation seem to have given little thought to the people who live, work and travel here.

  • Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

  • Brunswick County Schools are working hard to establish more digital learning environments for students, although the glitches they have encountered thus far have little to do with technology.

    The inability to keep pace with statewide and national trends not only affects student learning, but also the school system’s bottom line.

  • Most of us would think twice before dropping $35,000 on a new vehicle or $350,00 on a new home. We would do some research to make sure we were getting a fair deal on a sound investment and take time to carefully consider all options before agreeing to a final price.