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Today's Opinions

  • All voters must do their own homework before they cast ballots

    Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote “When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You” to help teach civics to young children. According to a PBS report, “In a section about voting, the book counsels, ‘You may be guided by the choices of your party, but you should also learn, on your own, the facts about the issues and the candidates.’”

  • Fighting Hurricane Florence’s nasty side effect: giant mosquitoes

    It is not as if Brunswick County does not have enough to deal with after Hurricane Florence. In addition to the destruction left in the storm’s wake, residents are dealing with an infestation of large, aggressive mosquitoes floodwaters have left behind.

  • Exercise patience during Hurricane Florence recovery

    Ever since Hurricane Florence smashed into the Carolinas, everyone has been trying to return to normal as quickly as possible.

    As people who had evacuated Brunswick County slowly but surely returned, even those who came back to find minimal destruction to their property were inconvenienced while government offices and many local businesses remained closed because of structural damage or a lack of supplies and resources.

  • Shame on scammers targeting victims of Hurricane Florence

    Disasters have a way of bringing communities together with an outpouring of support for those who find themselves in need. But as surely as we can count on fire ants banding together to float on floodwaters, a hurricane like Florence draws out some of the most unscrupulous thieves in existence.

    Looters and vandals who strike vacant businesses, homes and vehicles are bad enough. Even worse are the scam artists who lie in wait for the opportunity to take advantage of people in their most vulnerable moments.

  • Thanks to all who helped during hurricane

    By the time Hurricane Florence made landfall last Thursday night at Wrightsville Beach in neighboring New Hanover County, it seemed most of the people in Brunswick County had heeded official orders to evacuate for higher ground away from the coast.

    Some found shelter at West, North and South Brunswick high schools, where they were able to bring their pets with proper documentation. Others elected to ride the storm out at their homes.

    But many stayed behind to serve.

  • Do not let litter trash our county

    Before Hurricane Florence decided to head for our coastline this week and make a mess, state and local officials were encouraging residents to clean up the litter in their communities.

  • Recognize hallmarks shared by addiction, suicide

    Last Friday, B.A.C.K O.F.F. of Brunswick hosted its first overdose awareness event at Shallotte’s Mulberry Park. The event coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day, held Aug. 31 to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma associated with drug-related deaths.

    It also served as an introduction to September’s observance as both National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

  • Return of rice festival chance to create regional event

    In 2014, northern Brunswick County looked to its history to create the North Carolina Rice Festival as a new annual event.

    The festival was the brainchild of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo owner W.C. Lanier, who organized the two-day event with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to recognize the cash crop that helped establish the county. It featured a rice-cooking contest, a beer garden for adults, a children’s entertainment zone, arts and crafts and live entertainment, plus a Youth Art Contest open to students in all Brunswick County schools.