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Today's Opinions

  • The whole issue is bigger than it appears

    On the surface, it may seem like a whole lot of digging going on in local town governments.
    Beach communities throughout Brunswick County are up to their necks in sand, and they’re talking about its impact.

  • Reality show freaks make the rest of us feel like neat freaks

    When it comes to spring cleaning and scrubbing and organizing my domain, I’d rather be chilling out watching “Hoarders.”

    It’s another one of those ingenious reality shows, airing several times on Monday nights on A&E TV, that can make us feel really special and good about ourselves.

    I mean, how can my cluttered little corner of the world compare to Barbara, who “trolls for stuff in alleyways and dumpsters,” to add to the hoarding pile in her million-dollar home where “neighbors look on in disgust”?

  • Who are we to define perfect?

    To the editor:
    If North Carolina passes Amendment One and defines marriage as one man and one woman, we will be making a strong statement that we view homosexuality and polygamy as bad, not just in our state, but anywhere and everywhere they exist.

  • Fire chief lit flame to get firehouse going

    To the editor:
    April 9 was the dedication of Sunset Beach Firehouse No. 2— a beautiful building—actually an award-winning building for energy and environmental design, a building of which the people of Sunset Beach and visitors need to be proud.

  • Tree City award should go back to Forest Service

    To the editor:
    It was nice that Carolina Shores celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree and accepting a Tree City award from the North Carolina Forest Service. The mayor gave a speech on how important trees are in our life, providing oxygen for us to breathe and homes for many kinds of wildlife, while students from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School and town residents listened.

  • Cost of health insurance affects us all

    To the editor:
    If a person goes into a grocery store and fills up his cart with groceries, can he walk out of the store without paying? If that same person goes to the hospital in need of treatment, can he leave without paying?
    When a person goes to the store and fills a cart full of broccoli, why does he have to pay? He pays because there is a government mandate, a law, which forces him to pay.
    When a person leaves a hospital without payment and the cost is passed on to others, what is that called? By definition, this is Communism.

  • Traffic restructuring is not the answer now

    Concerned business owners along N.C. 130 did the right thing.
    Worried their businesses were going to suffer because of a change in traffic flow near their locations, merchants rallied together and went before the Shallotte Board of Aldermen.
    The road project at the heart of this controversy had been many years in the planning and work stages. When it was finished, it redirected the main flow of traffic away from the Main Street and N.C. 130 intersection near Walmart behind Shallotte Commons Shopping Center and back onto Main Street and Smith Avenue.

  • This laundry tip is for the birds

    In my last column, I mentioned my laundry was piling up; so was my housework because it is the time of year when I can’t think of spending a waking moment anywhere else other than the beach.

    The powers that be must have seen my mounting pile of laundry and decided to give me a rainy Saturday where I didn’t feel the pull to be outside.

    When I awoke I knew immediately from the pitter-patter sounds on my windowsill that I would not be spending a lazy day on the beach soaking in the sun, searching for sea treasures and walking the shoreline.