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Today's Opinions

  • Dixie Youth teams make county proud

    The season may be over for four of our county’s Dixie Youth baseball teams, but they should be proud of what they accomplished this summer.

    The Leland National AAA 10-and-Under All-Stars won the state tournament, played at Waccamaw Park in Ash, with a shutout — and without losing a game — and earned the right to represent North Carolina in the World Series.

  • Free press essential to our freedom

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    It is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and it has remained unaltered since our nation was established.

  • Sheriff's office, citizens can take pride in CALEA honor

    Technically, what the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received July 28 from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. is accreditation.

    But for both the sheriff’s office and the community it serves, it is an honor.

    CALEA was established in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, according to calea.org.

  • Another act in Sunset Beach drama

    Sunset Beach was this close to seating a new mayor without controversy.

    Gregg Weiss, the lone candidate to apply for the post by the town’s deadline, seemed the ideal prospect for filling the vacancy left by Robert Forrester, who resigned to protest town council’s decision to fire Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    On June 6, Weiss appeared before all five members of town council to answer their questions and offer his vision for the town should they appoint him to fill the unexpired mayoral term through 2019.

  • Tragedies remind us of rip current dangers

    Every summer, Brunswick County hopes for a safe summer without any loss of life in a rip current.

    In the first week of July 2013, when four people died within 36 hours after each of them was caught in a rip current, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • New rule in OIB to head off a hole lot of problems

    Sand collapsed on a man who was trying to tunnel between two 6-foot-deep holes he dug while vacationing at Cape Hatteras National Shore in the summer of 2014. He died after 15 minutes beneath the sand despite frantic efforts to rescue him.

    Although his is an extreme case of a common beach-going activity gone fatally wrong, Ocean Isle Beach officials do not want to see it repeated on their shores.

  • Tolerance and respect missing in current conversations

    To the editor:

    I lean a little to the left on some issues, a little to the right on others and down the middle on others. I am blessed to have family and friends, probably 30 percent of whom lean far left, 20 percent who lean far right and 50 percent who walk the line down the middle of the road. Something we all have in common is a mutual respect and our diverse opinions. We can enjoy lively discussions without name calling or ill feelings. I have been enlightened on many issues by the special folks.

  • Sunset Beach dredging comes at a cost

    To the editor:

    Anyone who doubts current and future Sunset Beach residents will eventually pay for any new dredging needs to study the history of Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island and Masonboro Inlet. Last year it was a $30 million program paid for by taxes on restaurants and hotels in New Hanover County. This year a $4,000 to $5,000 assessment has been proposed to many residents in the area. Assessments, bond issues and taxes have been ongoing since the 1960s.