Today's Opinions

  • State should revisit ABCs of liquor control

    Sometimes it seems like “the state,” aka North Carolina government, can’t resist the urge to try to fix something that ain’t broke.

    That’s the case with House Bill 91 and Senate Bill 87, aka “ABC Laws Modernization,” requiring Alcoholic Beverage Control systems numbering two or more in a county to merge by June 30, 2021.

  • Hurricane help still needed

    In mid-March we can mark a whole half-year since the unwelcome visit of Hurricane Florence.

    But nearly six months after the weekend storm blew through, many are still dealing with the after-effects.

    Blue tarps covering hurricane-damaged roofs still dot the local landscape as homeowners await reimbursement or available work crews, or both, to make repairs.

  • Trouble in paradise

    Sunset Beach has long been renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The South Brunswick Islands beach town has the accolades to prove it.

    But just as we were lauding the town last month for volunteers and town leaders coming together to build an environmentally beneficial living shoreline, trouble was brewing once again beneath the surface in paradise — more accurately, at town hall.

  • Remain vigilant as flu season flourishes

    As Mother Nature flirts with the idea of finally bringing warmer weather to Brunswick County, it’s important to remember that flu season is still upon us, running from October through May.

    Last Friday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the current flu season hasn’t peaked. As of Feb. 2 flu is widespread in 47 states, with 24 of them, including North Carolina, experiencing high flu levels.

  • Living shoreline sets good example

    There’s no doubt Sunset Beach is a microcosm of differing points of view on assorted town issues and politics.

    But when it comes to protecting the environment and making their South Brunswick Islands town better, citizens are about as united and unanimous as you’re going to find.

  • Drop in holiday DWIs indicates progress

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced the holiday “Booze It & Lose It” impaired driving prevention and enforcement campaign, which ran Dec. 14 to Jan. 2, showed a drop in total driving while impaired arrests compared with last year’s campaign.

    A news release said 2,029 DWI arrests were reported across all 100 counties over the course of this year’s three-week holiday campaign; last year, there were 2,528 DWI arrests.

  • 'I have a dream'

    From The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute:

    In his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. Mark Luther King Jr. urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society.

  • Project is potential win-win for Holden Beach and for county

    Holden Beach has put Brunswick County on notice it is interested in pursuing a project that could mean more sand being placed on the east end of the island.

    In an email sent to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett, Oak Island Town Manager David Kelly and Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy in November, Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said the county received a grant award contract from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources for the Lockwood Folly Navigation Project submitted last summer.