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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Recycling makes sense for ecology, economy

    This Earth Day, which was observed Sunday, April 22, focused on reducing plastic pollution. Data provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality show North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the height of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every 3.9 seconds.

  • We all must work to prevent child abuse

    Last week, two people were charged with murder in the death of David Stuart, who suffered horrific abuse as a toddler here in Brunswick County.

    Each was arrested almost 21 years to the day the boy was first taken to an area hospital to be treated for his massive injuries, including broken legs, puncture wounds and bruises, brain damage that robbed him of the ability to speak and left him with partial sight, and burns that disfigured his genitals.

  • County’s child poverty rate is alarming, unethical

    Reasonable people understand children

    are not responsible for the conditions into which they are born: healthy or diseased, wealthy or poor, cherished or forgotten.

    The most recent report released March 28 by NC Child shows more than half — 55.4 percent — of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes.

    Myriad studies and ample research has shown us how important it is to nurture children, especially early in their development.

  • Exercise patience, caution in traffic with road projects, tourists

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, at least five road construction projects are under way in Brunswick County, including installation of the newest roundabout at Ocean Isle Beach Road SW, Causeway Drive and Beach Drive SW in Ocean Isle Beach. Crews are working to complete it by Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff of our tourist season.

    Just days after the official start of spring, NCDOT announced a rehabilitation project for the G.V. Barbee Bridge in Oak Island will begin in September and continue through May 2019.