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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for featuring artists

    To the editor:
    On behalf of the Waterway Art Association, I wish to thank you for the wonderful feature in the Be Scene section June 7.
    Our membership is proud to have so many talented artists among us and your recognition with a feature will challenge our members to continue to excel.
    Some winners not featured include:
    First place for the Awards of Excellence: Pat Golden, “Tranquility;” second place, Susan Mauney, “Dear Simone;” and third place, Brenda Goff, “Gabriel.”

  • Learning about guns, turkey shoots and other Southern charms one shot at a time

     I’m hardly a sharp-shooter, and most likely wont’ be an expert gunslinger anytime soon.

    And while that suits me just fine, my boyfriend insists I practice my marksmanship, for safety, of course.

    It’s not uncommon for me to find a text message on my phone alerting me to a gun purchase, or a phone call announcing a family membership to a local gun range.

  • County lucky to have new hospice care center

    It has been several years in the making, and in just a few weeks it will at last be ready for the public.
    On Sunday, June 24, Brunswick County’s newest Lower Cape Fear Hospice facility, SECU Hospice House, will be available for public tours during an open house from 1-4 p.m. that day.
    As it has been in each of the communities where it expands and offers more services, the success of the hospice facility here is due largely to the support and enthusiasm of local businesses and individuals.

  • Give shelter and animals a chance

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank county commissioners for allowing the sheriff’s office to run Brunswick County Animal Control. I have been to the shelter and have seen many positive changes happening.
    What is needed now at the shelter is the public. I know so many people say they just can’t go in there, but the changes have made the shelter a much more pleasant place.
    I know people think the rescue group will pull animals that so desperately need help. They can’t save every animal there; it takes the public to help.

  • You always have to pay

    To the editor:
    I bought my home in Brunswick County in 1974. My home had propane heat in it. I paid the deposit with a local gas company and everything was fine for years.
    The local gas company was sold three times during the years and my business was sold with it.
    Last winter Mother Nature gave us a break from the cold and I didn’t use as much fuel as normal.
    Last week I received a bill for $62.98 for “tank usage fee.” The government and everyone else wants people to conserve energy but you still have to pay.

  • Why not let everyone in on the joke?

    To the editor:
    During the past five years I have made occasional complaints to the Sunset Beach Police Department about one flagrant code violation or another—intense gunfire within town limits, non-emergency construction work going on in the middle of the night, cars parked in the street or in front of fire hydrants, etc.
    The result? Nothing. Not one citation has ever been issued. No prosecutions. No fines. Nada, across the board.

  • Summer scarves not part of Brunswick beaches fashion scene

    Our beautiful Brunswick County beaches are many things—beautiful (oops, I already said that) and not to be taken for granted (though I’m afraid I often do).

    Our beaches are a subject of envy by those who can only visit and not live here permanently, like all the special people like you and me who do get to live and work here and then hardly ever find time to actually get to the beach. But that’s another column for another day.

  • Revised hospital offer a good one

    No, it’s not perfect. It’s far from perfect, in fact, but we think county commissioners moving forward with the bid process with Crown Management’s revised bid to purchase the old hospital is a step in the right direction.

    After submitting their initial bid of $1.5 million last year and then withdrawing that bid in April, Crown Management has once again come to the table to negotiate to purchase what was once Brunswick Community Hospital and the land on which it stands. Crown officials plan to convert the hospital to a psychiatric care facility.