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Today's Opinions

  • People, pet pig could peacefully co-exist

    In 1993, Seattle changed its municipal code to

    classify potbellied pigs as pets instead of livestock and set a limit of one per owner. Sue Donaldson, the city councilwoman who sponsored the change, told radio station KUOW it was silly to waste resources on going after pig owners because of “one disgruntled citizen” who sought to have their owners charged with violations.

  • County outdoor recreation coalition is needed

    Brunswick County is not just for summertime tourists. Its ranking as the state’s fastest-growing county is proof.

    Yet residents and visitors alike remain unaware ample outdoor recreation opportunities it offers and has the potential to provide year-round, expanding the area’s economy.

  • Health of residents needs more hard work

    Outward appearances indicate Brunswick County boasts a fit population engaged in golfing, kayaking, surfing and other outdoor activities that have necessitated the expansion of parks and similar facilities from Carolina Shores to Leland.

    The latest State of the County Health Report offers a harsh reality check.

  • Lives can depend on hurricane readiness

    According to the National Weather

    Service office in Wilmington, Memorial Day marked another day of record-breaking daily rainfall for May, thanks in large part to Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of this hurricane season, which does not officially begin until Friday, June 1.

    The NWS predicted much of the area could see two to four inches of rain Monday through Wednesday, saturating our already soggy area. Just after noon Monday, the NWS issued a flash flood warning for Brunswick County because of the rainfall brought by Alberto.

  • Be safe: buckle up

    Memorial Day is meant to be a day

    of remembrance for those who died in the service of our nation. As the unofficial kickoff of summer, the holiday weekend also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period when teen traffic deaths historically rise as schools let out for the season, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

  • Listen to our teachers

    In 2013, the General Assembly voted to

    eliminate tenure for public school teachers and moved teachers instead to a system of one-, two- or four-year contracts, to be in effect by the 2017-18 school year. At the same time, the legislature left it up to the state’s school districts to figure out how to implement the Teacher Employment Law.

    Having tenure meant teachers had the right to appeal changes in their employment status. Under the law, all teachers with tenure are to lose it as of July 1 this year.

  • It is time to ‘fight the bite’

    Now that it seems spring is finally here to stay, state health officials advise us to “Fight the Bite” by taking measures to reduce the risk of tick and mosquito bites.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of vector-borne diseases, or those transmitted though the bites of blood-feeding ticks, mosquitoes and fleas, has more than tripled across the country.

  • Support county’s Relay for Life event

    October is well known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with November following as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

    Although many cancers seem to have similar symptoms and risk factors, many may not realize that ovarian cancer (it shares its awareness month, September, with blood cancers like leukemia) is most common among women between 55 and 64, for example.