Today's Opinions

  • Help officers crack down on crime

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people involved in a recent robbery.
    On Thursday, Nov. 29, just before 6 a.m., two people robbed Winner’s World, a gaming sweepstakes business in Carolina Shores.
    In our community, these types of businesses are often frequented by retirees and older residents who use the facilities as gathering places and ways to access the Internet and other computer-gaming fun.
    It’s unfortunate two bullies have rattled the community.

  • Veteran recalls Pearl Harbor Day on its 71st anniversary

    CAROLINA SHORES—Art Paige clearly remembers Dec. 7, 1941.

    It was his first day on the job as a Marine recruit returning to base at Camp Lejeune. Then the announcement came over the radio.

    The Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor, launching World War II.

    “As soon as I got [to the base], I was given live ammunition and told to stand guard on the beach,” recalled the 90-year-old, seated in his home last week in his Marine uniform that still fits.

  • ’Tis the season to become a better person and to enjoy life more


    It’s my favorite time of year. The Christmas season has officially begun in Brunswick County.

    Once the turkey is carved and gobbled up, it’s time to light the Christmas tree and turn on the holiday music.

    I am thankful to live in a community where the Christmas season is celebrated at every turn. Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day getting in the spirit at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Thanks for shopping local

    To the editor:
    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. is grateful for the show of support to The Red House Specialty Shops during the “shop local” weekend.
    The new shop at 4606 Main Street in Shallotte was abuzz with customers checking out the new venue. It was a happy place to be during the weekend and we are grateful for the vendors who have joined our partnership to help raise funds for CIS programs in Brunswick County Schools.

  • ‘New normalcy’ in effect

    To the editor:
    Presidential election results have dramatically confirmed this nation has passed from moral, social and political adulthood into an adolescent world of self-gratification and complacence, a cultural shift of unimaginable proportions.

  • Spending skewed in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    This year, Sunset Beach council members Lou DeVita, Karen Joseph and Wilson Sherrill approved 5 percent salary increases, raising already inflated salary levels to 15 percent in four years.
    This year’s salary increases alone will cost taxpayers $146,000 each year and $730,000 (constant dollars) in five years, including employee benefits.
    The generous taxpayers for years have also paid 100 percent of medical insurance increase premiums for our employees. Who pays your medical insurance increases?

  • Don’t shop—adopt

    To the editor:
    I’m sure you have heard these words for months before Christmas. Whether you adopt a puppy or older dog, take it slow. If you are unsure which dog would be a match for your family, talk with friends and family members who have dogs. Decide which breed you would like to have, and then decide if the breed will work for you.
    When the dog arrives, let it proceed at its own pace and adjust to its new home. Do not force your new dog to experience things they are unsure of.  

  • Carolina Shores good example for Calabash

    To the editor:
    Thank you to the Carolina Shores citizens for their concern to the board about the crimes in their area. I have addressed this issue with the Calabash town mayor and board with little response. There is crime of all kinds on all of our streets. We need more sheriff patrols in both areas, not blinders and no concern.
    We have a divided board, four-to-one on all issues. Mayor Mary Knight and Daria Buccilli are attached at the hip and are always on a mission.