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Today's Opinions

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Thank you, Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    Severe downpours on Memorial Day forced us to move the annual ceremony from the Veterans Memorial in the Sunset Beach Town Park to the safety of the bays in Fire Station No. 1. Everyone did their best to communicate this information to our residents.

  • Legislature plays shell game again

    Editor’s note: The writer is the Democratic candidate running against Republican incumbent Charlie Miller for the Brunswick County Board of Education’s District 3 seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

    To the editor:

    The 2018-19 budget passed recently by the North Carolina General Assembly reminds me of a shell game — three shells and a pea — played during an election year.

  • Camp UMC welcomes all

    To the editor:

    Did you know that in the late 1700s, a preacher named Francis Asbury came to the banks of the Shallotte River to conduct services for the people of the small fishing village? Since that time, permanent churches have been built on that very spot and now Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte has a beautiful sanctuary built there.

  • I’ve got a bad feeling about this

    I spent my Memorial Day Weekend doing what I have done off and on when

    the opportunity arose for the past four decades: going to see a “Star Wars” movie. That started way back in 1977.

    And for the first six movies of the franchise, which took the next 25 years, each movie started with the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare, then the ubiquitous “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...” then — boom! — the “Star Wars” theme, followed by the crawl that caught you up with the latest exploits.

  • Consider the rewards of foster parenting

    By Duanna Harrelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Brunswick County Department of Social Services has 129 children in foster care. Sixty of these children are ages 0-5; 44 are ages 6-12; 23 are ages 13-17 and two 18 and older. Of these 129 children, 104 are Caucasian; 11 are African-American; five are Hispanic; two are American Indian/Alaskan and 12 are biracial.

    DSS has 22 licensed foster/adoptive homes and needs additional families so our children can stay within their own communities while in foster care.

  • Consequences are clear on dredging

    To the editor:

    I have owned property on the island at Sunset Beach for more than 30 years. There is some serious misinformation circulating about the consequences of dredging the Jinks Creek/Tubbs Inlet system. The statements, “We have … experienced the advantages and benefits dredging has brought. We have seen no downside,” are not true. Dredging promoted the filling of Tubbs Inlet and Jinks Creek.

  • Council shirks its duties on dredging

    To the editor:

    I continue to be amazed at the discussion of what is really a very simple issue. Why does Sunset Beach Town Council continue to serve the interests and requests of a very small group of people when their actions have potential probably negative consequences for everyone on the coast, especially our own Sunset Beach area?

    There was no bias on the part of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee.