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Today's Opinions

  • It’s good to see economic growth returning to our area

    Who would have believed when it first opened a small, rural community’s airport would grow as fast as Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport has?
    Who would have believed  it would be one of the few area businesses robustly growing during an economic time when others are closing or struggling to stay afloat?
    Who would have believed that not only are locals and visitors using its services today but also international residents and businesspeople have grown to appreciate the quality of services provided there.

  • Loves sea turtle program

    To the editor:
    The town of Ocean Isle Beach has a real treasure with the sea turtle patrol coordinators and volunteers.
    In the last two years, I have had the pleasure of sitting on a couple of sea turtle nests on Ocean Isle Beach. The training and experience I learned from the lead coordinators, Jim and Deb Boyce, and the many other volunteers I have met has been so rewarding. Jim and Deb inspired me to become a volunteer.

  • Election was no accident

    To the editor:
    In 2009, when Len Steiner last ran for re-election to the Sunset Beach Town Council, he finished dead last. Only 10.7 percent of the voters wanted him back. The other incumbent seeking re-election in 2009, Lou DeVita, kept his seat by a mere 53 votes. That, in electoral terms, was a message.
    Sadly, neither Mr. Steiner nor a majority of the council “got it.” Clueless Lou DeVita actually called his pitiful margin “a mandate.”

  • Thanks for help with sewer

    To the editor:
    We wish to thank the staff for the town of Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and Tommy Lewis, sewer supervisor, for the great job they did installing our system, including the grinder, between Christmas and New Year’s holidays. They responded to a high priority situation quickly and efficiently, working with the town for permits and inspections and in-sink with our electrician and plumber.
    They all did a great job and we will be forever grateful for the wonderful job they did.
    Guy and Roberta Lachapelle
    Sunset Beach
     

  • Thanks for help, BCC

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank Brunswick Community College for helping meet the needs of hungry students.
    Recently I went with a friend in need of food to a food pantry set up in the college for students. She was able to fill a bag with items that her son could pack in his lunch and items for dinners to help her family in these tough economic times. The student also received information on how to get additional help for her family, if needed.
    I hope more colleges are working to meet the needs of their students as Brunswick Community College is doing.

  • Thanks for helping with coat drive

    To the editor:
    Island Healing Chiropractic Center would like to extend a heart-felt “thank you” to everyone that contributed to our first coat drive.
    It was a huge success, bringing close to 200 coats to the community. We even received a bag of hand-knit scarves lovingly made by a group of local women. The success was beyond our imagination and has brought the gift of warmth to many who need it.

  • Our children deserve better

    To the editor:
    I have a relative attending WBHS and am appalled at the number of days he has had off for “testing.”
    After nearly two weeks of Christmas vacation (with no homework assignments), he is off again, this time for testing and end of semester. My understanding is that students fail, they can be tested again, presumably with some further instruction. If they pass, they have no other class assignments and no classroom instruction. This testing period lasts for two weeks, which is counted as school days, with no instruction whatsoever.

  • Duck hunters raise hackles in Sunset Beach

    Just when you thought it was safe to call Sunset Beach paradise, for humans and fowl, boom!

    That’s the sound resident Jim Thomas says has been startling him and his wife awake in the early mornings as duck hunters descend on Tubbs Inlet.

    It’s been ongoing since the opening of duck-hunting season last fall. Thomas says he’s been complaining for the past four seasons.