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Opinion

  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.

  • A month-long challenge is underway at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to answer an important question: What can families do to support each other, manage their weight together and lead healthy lives?

    Here’s why: Children in America today, for the first time in generations, are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents if current health trends continue.

  • On Aug. 28, the nation remembered Martin Luther King Jr.’s impassioned and iconic “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago.
    Here in Shallotte, early the morning of Aug. 30, someone decided to express himself all over Remedy’s Lounge by spray-painting racial epithets and profanity across the exterior, reminding us how far we have yet to go toward achieving that dream.
    Maybe the vandalism was by some bored teenager with time to kill and a bad idea.
    If that is the case: Find yourself a productive hobby, kid.

  • Summer may unofficially be over, but some could argue the most fun of the year is yet to be had here in the fall.
    It starts with the Intercultural Festival this Saturday from Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy an international pavilion, food tasting, vendors, children’s activities, storytelling and multinational performances. Details are at www.bcifestival.org.

  • Summer may unofficially be over, but some could argue the most fun of the year is yet to be had here in the fall.

    It starts with the Intercultural Festival this Saturday from Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy an international pavilion, food tasting, vendors, children’s activities, storytelling and multinational performances. Details are at www.bcifestival.org.

  • Most people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and friendly. They also want to be able to do what they want with the property where they live, while at the same time making sure their neighbors do not do anything that negatively impacts their quality of life or property value.

  • Most people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and friendly. They also want to be able to do what they want with the property where they live, while at the same time making sure their neighbors do not do anything that negatively impacts their quality of life or property value.

  • It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.

    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.

    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.
    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.
    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.

  • It’s a shame most of us only got to know Jaronn Ladale McAllister because of his violent death March 1, 2012.
    The 3-year-old Shallotte boy was full of the unlimited potential all small children have, and someone cruelly robbed it from him, from us.
    It’s been a long time coming — far too long, some say — but at last someone is being held responsible for killing him.

  • The N.C. Association of Educators issued a list of the top 10 things every educator should know about the $20.6 billion state budget, passed last week by our legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory. The list, the group says, shows how little value is placed on education.
    We take issue with some of the items the group highlights, such as cutting pay to teachers with advanced degrees. It is reasonable to expect a higher rate of pay for taking the initiative to pursue and complete higher education, in any field.

  • Summer heat is hottest when you first enter a vehicle, before you’ve had a chance to crank the air conditioning or open a window for some air.

    Now just think if you were a child or a pet, unable to get enough air circulating inside that vehicle to stay cool.

    The temperature in a closed vehicle can rise by about 20 degrees in 10 minutes and nearly 30 degrees in 20 minutes, even with the windows cracked.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says children left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke and death.

  • This year, North Carolina hurricane preparedness week was observed May 26 through June 1, the latter date marking the start of the six-month hurricane season. But while hurricane preparedness week in North Carolina for 2013 may have come and gone almost as quickly as Tropical Storms Andrea, Barry and Chantal did, it’s not too late to get ready.

  • Soon after Kwesi Sample drowned in the Lockwood Folly Inlet on May 14, Holden Beach town leaders erected a warning sign on the east end of the island and began running messages about rip currents on their local television channel 8. Holden Beach – like Caswell Beach, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach – already had rip current warning signs posted at all public-access areas.
    Now, with the deaths of four more people in Brunswick County being blamed on rip currents, it is clear that what has been done isn’t enough.

  • Every Fourth of July, crowds of people gather to “oooh” and “ahhh” over the area’s fireworks displays. While most people enjoy a good fireworks show, some want to recreate that sense of enjoyment in their own backyards—a big “no-no” in North Carolina.

    Fireworks are illegal in North Carolina, and shooting them can be dangerous, not just to yourself but those around you. This was evident last week as a group of vacationers decided to set off fireworks in the backyard of the house they were renting in Sunset Beach.

  • Every Fourth of July, crowds of people gather to “oooh” and “ahhh” over the area’s fireworks displays. While most people enjoy a good fireworks show, some want to recreate that sense of enjoyment in their own backyards—a big “no-no” in North Carolina.
    Fireworks are illegal in North Carolina, and shooting them can be dangerous, not just to yourself but those around you. This was evident last week as a group of vacationers decided to set off fireworks in the backyard of the house they were renting in Sunset Beach.

  • The death of a child is sad enough. But when a child dies at the hands of someone else with hardly a hint of explanation, it’s horrifying.
    Within a little over a year’s time frame, that’s exactly what has happened in Shallotte. Two small children—a 3-year-old and a 4-month-old baby—have died with little to no information provided about the circumstances leading to their deaths.

  • It is rare that I am so overcome with emotion that I cannot speak. Chatty by nature, I believe that my family sometimes screens my calls to avoid getting “hung up” in a two-hour conversation.

    But at West Brunswick’s graduation last Saturday, I experienced one of those rare moments; I was so overcome with emotion, I literally couldn’t get the words past the lump in my throat.

  • Hundreds of mortarboards will soar into the air this Saturday as students at North, South and West Brunswick receive their diplomas.
    For most students, high school graduation is a milestone and marks the official beginning of adulthood. Because we know adulthood can bring about certain anxieties and questions—such as where do I go from here?—we would like to offer the class of 2013 five bits of advice.
    First, graduation is your big day. You made it through 13 years of school to get to this point. Enjoy the day and your accomplishments.