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Today's Opinions

  • A morning in Sunset Beach for a shellfish cause

    Confession time: I’ve never eaten an oyster.

    In season one of one my all-time favorite shows, “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” Mike went to South Carolina to harvest oysters with Ed Palmer in Folly Creek. “Now here’s the thing: some point in our history, some guy — like you — wandered around and opened something like this up, and looked in there and saw that and said, ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s what I want to eat,’” Mike told Ed, gesturing toward the oyster meat on a freshly opened shell.

  • Join in Hands Across the Sand

    To the editor:

    It’s said “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And, many thousands of words have been printed in this newspaper on the hot-button issue of offshore drilling, but it seems something more is needed to convince our elected representatives residents are truly concerned about the impact offshore drilling can have on our beaches and communities.

  • Re-elect Iler to state House

    To the editor:

    This letter is to express my support for Rep. Frank Iler’s re-election.

    As the House Majority Whip, it is my responsibility to know the members of our caucus. I can say without hesitation that Frank is a hardworking, dedicated legislator. He is a true conservative who has successfully fought for limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.

  • Former paper struggles to fight the good fight

    Last Friday, I trekked up to Florence, S.C., for an overdue annual checkup with my doctor (and to figure out the next step for tackling my more frequent and persistent migraines). After getting a new prescription and having blood drawn to gauge how all my other meds are working, I decided to surprise my best friend Tracy at her office.

    We met when we both worked at the Morning News — she in prepress, me in the newsroom — when the press was in a back lot on Railroad Avenue and the offices were on South Irby Street.

  • Choose county commissioners who support constituents

    To the editor:

    I was in attendance at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners regular meeting Monday, April 16.

    One of the presentations was a request by Vietnam veteran Bob Quinn to name the first five miles of Interstate 140, “Brunswick County’s 10 Fallen Sons Highway.” He explained the reason for honoring 10 soldiers from different areas in Brunswick County and who lost their lives in Vietnam was because they had “shown up” to serve their country when others had not.

  • Cindy Babson deserves special recognition by town of Shallotte

    To the editor:

    Shallotte is one of the most beautiful towns in the country. Friends and relatives who come to visit us are highly impressed with the beauty and appearance of our small town. The hard work of town employees is responsible for this admirable condition.

  • Thank you for celebrating Week of the Young Child

    To the editor:

    Smart Start of Brunswick County would like to thank the many residents of Brunswick County who help celebrate the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    A highlight of last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was

    a meeting of a work group of the House Select Committee on School Safety. The School Physical Safety Work Group met April 17 to work on immediate solutions to make our schools as safe as possible. The other work group is working on long-term solutions such as psychologists and counselors.