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Today's Opinions

  • Remember charities in season of giving and year-round

    The BBB reports charitable giving is always high at the holidays when donors are feeling generous. It is one of the reasons we published a special section in our Nov. 15 edition, “Season of Giving,” to highlight six of the many nonprofits serving the people of our community.

  • Next step on seismic testing is in wrong direction

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday issued Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) to five companies for seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast.

  • All need food and shelter, respect and care

    Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was observed Nov. 10-18 this year, but hunger and homelessness continue to plague too many of our Brunswick County neighbors every day.

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition shared information about poverty-related problems and their impact during its seventh annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet:

  • Please drive safely during holiday travels

    This year, AAA Carolinas predicts close to 1.5 million North Carolinians and 732,000 South Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more — 90 percent of them by motor vehicle — for Thanksgiving this holiday season. The organization defines the holiday travel period as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

  • Voter turnout number still not as great as it should be

    Brunswick County bested the state as a whole in terms of voter turnout for Election Day this year. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, 3,714,582 of the state’s 7,089,657 eligible voters cast ballots, translating into 52.39 percent turnout, while 58,932 of our county’s 103,291 eligible voters did, too, amounting to 57.05 percent.

  • Events, displays are not enough to thank our veterans

    Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the event that prompted the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. It was our nation’s first observance of Veterans Day, as it came to be known in 1954, because the “war to end all wars” was not.

  • Citizens must seize chance to shape NC Moves 2050 now

    Avid Brunswick County cyclists asked the state Department of Transportation in spring 2016 to add bike paths alongside North Carolina Bike Route 3, which comes through Shallotte and goes down N.C. 179, as it prepared to pave sections of the highway in increments through 2018. NCDOT said it was not possible, not only because the request was received too late to alter plans, but also because resurfacing funds are usually not used to widen a road to add bike lanes.

  • Take proper precaution as hurricane season gives way to flu season here

    Hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30, overlapping with flu season, which began Oct. 1. Both have been deadly in North Carolina in 2018.

    Although the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has not officially recorded any flu fatalities for the current season, which ends in May, state media outlets reported one in Wake County and another in Buncombe County. Both victims were older than 65, just like the majority of those who died as a result of the virus last season across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.