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Today's Opinions

  • Sheriff's office, citizens can take pride in CALEA honor

    Technically, what the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received July 28 from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. is accreditation.

    But for both the sheriff’s office and the community it serves, it is an honor.

    CALEA was established in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, according to calea.org.

  • Another act in Sunset Beach drama

    Sunset Beach was this close to seating a new mayor without controversy.

    Gregg Weiss, the lone candidate to apply for the post by the town’s deadline, seemed the ideal prospect for filling the vacancy left by Robert Forrester, who resigned to protest town council’s decision to fire Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    On June 6, Weiss appeared before all five members of town council to answer their questions and offer his vision for the town should they appoint him to fill the unexpired mayoral term through 2019.

  • Tragedies remind us of rip current dangers

    Every summer, Brunswick County hopes for a safe summer without any loss of life in a rip current.

    In the first week of July 2013, when four people died within 36 hours after each of them was caught in a rip current, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • New rule in OIB to head off a hole lot of problems

    Sand collapsed on a man who was trying to tunnel between two 6-foot-deep holes he dug while vacationing at Cape Hatteras National Shore in the summer of 2014. He died after 15 minutes beneath the sand despite frantic efforts to rescue him.

    Although his is an extreme case of a common beach-going activity gone fatally wrong, Ocean Isle Beach officials do not want to see it repeated on their shores.

  • Hope to help hogs and humans in hurricane

    To the editor:

    In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, many schools closed here in North Carolina, but what was done to protect pigs and humans who could be sickened if the state’s waste lagoons overflow? No one wants a repeat of Hurricane Florence, when millions of pigs, chickens and other animals were left to drown and several waste lagoons burst, spilling liquefied pig manure and urine into the water supply.

  • Support Phillips, Bormann for Sunset Beach council

    To the editor:

    Ted Janes’ Aug. 27 letter well articulated what is currently lacking on the Sunset Beach Town Council — “thoughtful, respectful debate” and a desire for discussion where “collaboration, cooperation, compromise ... eventually resolve issues.” The town council is woefully lacking in decorum and, as stated by Mr. Janes, is the “definition of dysfunction.”

  • Future housing letter spot-on

    To the editor:

    A special thank you to Sunset Beach Planning Board Chairman Tom Vincenz for his recent Beacon letter that should have sounded the discussion and planning alarm at town council for future housing developments. There can be no doubt about the future impact on quality of mainland life and compounding of today’s issues for our small beach island.

  • 10-year-old’s observation a sad commentary

    To the editor:

    Recent reports by the National Safety Council and the National Center for Health Statistics pegged the odds of an American being killed in a mass shooting at one in 11,125. That could explain why, in the face of so many active shooter incidents, gun violence isn’t such a high priority for many voters.