Today's Opinions

  • Oops…where did my bike go?

    To the editor:
    My friend had a bike rack mounted on her SUV, so we rode our bikes from the Sunset Beach gazebo to the jetty. Things couldn’t have gone smoother until she dropped me off at home.
    Sandy, looking dumbfounded, asked, “Uh, Jack, where’s your bike?”
    That’s the problem with a Lexus…too quiet. We never heard a thing. Surely a bike falling to the pavement makes a racket?

  • Doesn’t like park process

    To the editor:
    Once again, Sunset Beach Town Council has avoided your input and failed to organize the suggested steering committee to develop the park survey.
    The “our way or the highway” process was rushed without review by full council. Two clearly defined questions submitted by Councilman Scott and I were deleted by the “inner circle” (Gary Parker, Karen Joseph, Lou DeVita) to prevent a clear and decisive choice.
    The omitted questions include:
    1. Do you wish to maintain the site as a natural resource?

  • Pet adoption touches the heart

    To the editor:
    I read with much enjoyment Rachel’s article on adopting a dog from the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. Our Decision Day was last August when my wife and I agreed to let our daughter get a dog.
    Before that I had it made—a lovely family with grandchildren and a great black Lab that lived just next door to us, which I could pet, give treats and play with.

  • Answers to some things you may—or may not—be wondering about

    Pedaling like mad Monday in a cycling class I had resumed after abstaining because of a sprained wrist, I wondered: Why, just because I had been out for a month, does it feel like starting all over again?

    While the tough-and-fit instructor and most of the class spun their two-wheelers way above the speed limit, I was going at a sea-turtle rate of about 15. I could barely breathe. I felt my face turning red—more out of effort than embarrassment, I think.

  • Help kids go back to school

    Although we’re still deep into summer, you may have noticed stores are already stocking shelves with back-to-school supplies.
    Before long, kids will have to head inside and wash off the sand to go back to school.
    In a community like ours, there have always been families who need an extra hand, but with unemployment rates in double-digits, many may need more help than ever.
    While many social programs focus on giving during the holiday season, there is also a need this time of year.

  • Thanks, Dewey Hill, for all you have done

    For 20 years Rep. Dewey Hill has served this region in Raleigh, but his service to Brunswick and surrounding counties started long before.
    Hill announced he won’t seek re-election to the General Assembly, but that doesn’t mean he has plans to retire. He says he’ll continue to work, but instead of traversing to Raleigh he’ll stay closer to his Columbus County home as he oversees Hills Food Stores and Hillcrest Corp.

  • Not proud of ongoing shenanigans

    To the editor:
    Our family has been enjoying Sunset Beach for 25 years and will celebrate our 19th anniversary as island homeowners this fall. We have followed developments concerning garbage cans this past year.
    When vacationers arrive on Saturday, the first order of business is to unload, set up their cottage and then probably go to the beach or grocery store. Rolling back empty garbage cans is probably not top priority, or a major crime, no matter what town council members think.

  • Take a closer look at trash issue

    To the editor:
    One can only read some of the coverage about the Sunset Beach Town Council meetings and get a chuckle.
    In the middle of a hot and busy summer, we thank you for that!
    It seems that one or two councilmen feel trash cans out on a Saturday afternoon on the island is an issue yet again.
    May we remind some of them of the following:
    1. Town citizens pay for a second trash pickup on Saturday during the season on the island. So those cans probably were processed within a few hours of this “unsightly” survey.