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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Belville ready to welcome rowing at park

    Formerly the county-run Brunswick River Park, the revamped, restructured and renamed Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park officially opened in 2015 and now boasts a 2,400-square-foot observation deck, 125-foot-long fishing pier, concert pavilion, a handicapped accessible mile-long nature trail and farmer’s market.

    The addition of a Cape Fear Raptor Center education facility and 1,480-foot waterfront boardwalk, among other amenities, are pending.

  • An invitation from North Carolina’s coast

    Editor’s note: The following is written in part by Mitzi York, Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority executive director.

    The holidays are a special time for families in North Carolina to gather and look ahead to the New Year with anticipation and enthusiasm. It’s also a time when we reflect on the past year including memorable highlights and challenges.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • 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.