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Today's Opinions

  • Allow citizens to vote on annexation process

    To the editor:
    There has been tremendous growth in the Southport area during my 35 years as a citizen of the waterfront town. However, I was mystified when the “official” population remained relatively stable over three decades. I did not understand why the town failed to fill several potholes in a road beside an abandoned drugstore near the main street.

  • Protect the family unit, nation

    To the editor:
    There have been recent criticisms of the majority of North Carolina citizens for choosing to amend the state’s constitution in favor of identifying a legal marriage as that between one man and one woman.
    If a legally recognized marriage were to be defined, as has been vehemently maintained elsewhere, as that between two men, or as that between two women, why not then as that between one man and two women, or between one woman and two men, or between one man, or one woman, and a gaggle of Muscovy ducks or a herd of Arabian stallions?

  • Doesn’t like editorial cartoon about trees

    To the editor:
    I found the op-ed cartoon in the May 16 issue depicting a cavalier attitude on the part of the Carolina Shores Tree Commission to be offensive on several levels.
    First of all, the members of the tree commission collectively donate several hundred hours yearly to the task determining the viability of removing selected trees throughout the town.

  • Save our turtles; trash your trash

    To the editor:
    I felt I was in paradise strolling along Ocean Isle Beach, waves lapping at my bare feet, cumulus white clouds floating in a blue sky above, and the ocean roaring in my ears.
    Suddenly, a plastic bottle nudged my foot. I almost stepped on a broken brown bottle that frightened and angered me. Nearby, I spied a plastic bag at water’s edge.
    Paradise lost by man’s littering.

  • Time to renourish the beach

    To the editor:
    Please re-nourish our beach. Being a business owner that serves the tourists with rental equipment, I have been able to witness first-hand the beach erosion on Ocean Isle Beach on an all too-often basis. I am overwhelmed that our beach is quickly disappearing from the east end to the west end. This morning, I stepped out onto the beach at Ocean Point Condo’s (west end) and from the dune line, there may have been 10 feet to the high tide line.

  • Idea for sheriff’s office to take over animal control is a good one

    A proposal is before Brunswick County commissioners that recommends the sheriff’s office take over operations at Brunswick County Animal Services.
    We encourage commissioners to approve this venture when they meet to discuss it on June 4.
    After the Brunswick County Board of Health approved the recommendation, sheriff’s officials quickly moved into action. Already, non-violent inmates have been taken out of the local detention center and put to work scrubbing and cleaning every nook and cranny of the animal services building.

  • There’s some good news in Brunswick County budget, real estate

    I’m beginning to think I’m writing some of the same stories year after year. I guess I am.

    On Monday night, for the sixth time in as many years, I sat in county commissioners chambers as Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Has it really been six years?

    Six years. Where has the time gone?

    Seriously, where did it go?

    I’m not sure where the time went, but I do know that the times have changed.

  • Mark Saunders is good for county

    To the editor:
    After reading about Jaguar’s Lair, Sunset Beach and Mark Saunders, I wonder if anyone stops to recognize the good Mr. Saunders has done for this county?
    I have worked for him for the last 20 years and I have never known him to be the type of person who some of these homeowners would have us to believe he is.
    Mr. Saunders was caught up in dire economic times just like the rest of us. I’m sure we all would do things differently if we had seen the tough times ahead. I feel sure Mr. Saunders would do things differently, too.