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Today's Opinions

  • Who’s the watchdog for residents?

    To the editor:
    At the Feb. 6 Sunset Beach council meeting Mayor Rich Cerrato suggested they adopt a “whistle-blower” policy. Councilman Wilson Sherrill said he was working on one and it would be available shortly.
    It was unveiled at the March 5 meeting when Councilwoman Carol Scott moved, Sherrill seconded and council voted unanimously to ban Mayor Cerrato from further discussion of the Sunset at Sunset matter before council and to direct town staff (potential whistle-blowers) to not speak with the mayor about this matter.

  • Respect, Brunswick County

    To the editor:
    I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of Brunswick County. Some people say terrible things about this county, but let me tell you what I saw recently.
    I went to the funeral of a friend who was a long-time Brunswick County resident.
    From the minute we left the church to the minute we got to the cemetery, every single car pulled over in the other direction. Every single car! Even a tractor-trailer truck! One delivery truck did not, but every other vehicle on the road pulled over.

  • Sunset Beach mayor has his own agenda

    To the editor:
    Sunset at Sunset is one of the things that has been right since its inception.
    Most people involved are not Mayor Rich Cerrato supporters.
    Cerrato has his own personal agenda to tear down the town of Sunset Beach. He never followed any of the rules as a citizen at council meetings. He lives in his own dream world where everything he says, made up or factual, is the absolute truth. When the real truth is brought to his attention he denies saying what he said.

  • Bridge/ferry comparison drives left of center

    To the editor:
    The letter last week from one Mr. Piner who says he is from Oriental was interesting, if one cares nothing about facts. I congratulate him on getting one thing right: the spelling of my name.
    His comparison of ferries and bridges misses the point. Ferries and bridges both have construction and maintenance costs. Ferries have fuel and personnel costs that bridges and roads don’t have.

  • There’s nothing like beating a dead horse to celebrate Sunshine Week, First Amendment

    “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.”

    No finer words have since been written, and I doubt they ever will.

    There’s a reason our founding fathers made this particular amendment the First Amendment.

    It is for what American men and women have fought and died for more than 230 years.

  • School board did right by not changing calendar

    Brunswick County School Board members did the right thing Tuesday night when they voted to approve the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.
    There were three draft calendars before the board for consideration. Two of those got a nod Tuesday night.
    Both of the approved drafts are viable under current state legislation. One has 185 days of student instruction included. The other, which needs a waiver from the state’s department of public instruction, has 180 student instruction days.
    Both would have students going back to school on Aug. 27.

  • Community supports Wounded Warriors

    To the editor:
    On Saturday, Feb. 25, Calabash Elks had its Richard McLean/James Rochel Golf Tournament at The Pearl golf course.
    I had an anonymous donor give four rounds of golf for the event to be used by Marine Wounded Warriors. Austin Sammon, chairman of our veterans’ affairs, was in touch with Camp Lejeune and its wounded warriors program.
    In looking for accommodations for the Marines and their families, I was hoping to get a one-night stay. At the Ocean Isle Inn, I met Lee Shapiro, whose donated a two-night stay with breakfast.

  • Iler doesn’t believe in ferries

    To the editor:
    Rep. Frank Iler (Brunswick County) has been vocal about residents of Pamlico and Beaufort counties paying a toll to ride their commuter ferries. In a recent News and Observer article, he said, “It’s an effort to have them cover more of the cost.”
    After Gov. Perdue stopped the ferry tolls, Rep. Iler said, “I’m disappointed she chooses to pander to folks in that way. Someone who has a job and wants to cross the river and buy a pass would be paying less than $1.50 a day. I think it’s extremely reasonable.”