Today's Opinions

  • Inlet has breath-taking beauty, malevolent undercurrents

    It looks like a place where peaceful waters flow.
    Instead, it’s a place where deadly waters flow.
    A tourist from Ohio drowned in the Lockwood Folly Inlet last Tuesday. The 21-year-old man was trying to swim from the east end of Holden Beach across to the west end of Oak Island (Long Beach).
    The inlet—about 300 yards wide— separates those two islands and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

    Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, National Guard.
    Those who served and died in the United States armed forces will be remembered this weekend.
    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was begun to commemorate Confederate and Union soldiers who died in the Civil War.
    The holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868, by order of Gen. John Logan, when flowers were placed on the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.
    Now we honor American men and women who have died in all wars.

  • Figuring out the perfect gift might just be saying thanks

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many of you are rushing to the mall to find gifts for your wives, mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law. After we make deadline, I will probably be right there with you in search of the perfect gift for my mom. However, there’s one person in my life that never wants any gifts—my grandma, Fay Wright.

    Every year, I always ask her what she wants, and she says, “Oh, don’t buy me nuthin’. I don’t need anything.”

  • There’s enough praise and admonishment to go around

    KUDOS: To the architect of the relatively new building at Sharon United Methodist Church. Every time I come around that curve in the road, I marvel at the magnificent design. The architect certainly understood the lay of the land and how to present various structural elements in the most effective way. This was inspired work.
    DISSES: To property owners on the Holden Beach Causeway who don’t even bother to mow their yards or empty lots or kill weeds where their property joins the road. They can do better.

  • Obama, cohorts must be held accountable

    o the editor:
    Last year during the presidential campaign, Barack Obama wanted Americans to believe that “I killed Osama, Al-Qaeda is destroyed, the war on terror is over and therefore I should be re-elected.”
    Then on Sept. 11, 2012, our embassy in Benghazi is attacked. Those on the ground reported that it was a coordinated attack with rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
    No help was sent to those under attack. Four Americans were killed in a seven-hour firefight.

  • Commissioners deserve praise

    To the editor:
    On May 6, county commissioners proclaimed May as Mental Health Month. Hooray. What an outstanding group of leaders we have to recognize the importance of standing up in support of mental health when so many individuals stick their heads in the sand and are afraid to discuss the subject as taboo.

  • Science Olympiad very impressive

    o the editor:
    I want to congratulate all participants of the first annual Science Olympiad for elementary school students of Brunswick County. The event was at Cedar Grove Elementary, and they were a most gracious host.

  • Natives deserve Miss Calabash naming honors

    To the editor:
    I would like to state my opinion on the Miss Calabash article. I have worked with the Coleman family for more than 10 years, so I am very familiar with Crystal Coleman-Nixon, Shaun Hardee Bellamy and the Miss Calabash name.
    That name has been with this family for as long as I have known them. The “Mrs. Calabash” story has been published in both of these restaurants and on the backs of each food menu since before I was an employee.