Today's Opinions

  • Keep town of Sunset Beach in harmony with environment

    To the editor:

    Change came to coastal Carolina in 1972 when the federal government enacted the Coastal Zone Management Act. With this act, the federal government charged the 20 coastal counties in North Carolina to put in place programs that regulated development in the coastal area.

  • State law forbids disclosure of reason for termination

    To the editor:

    I’d like to remind all the writers protesting Susan Parker’s termination as Sunset Beach’s town administrator that North Carolina law requires that derogatory information in an employee’s personnel file is confidential and may not be publicly disclosed.

    I am fully confident there were excellent reasons for Parker’s dismissal by the town council, which cannot legally be disclosed to the public.

  • Commissioners’ decision on offshore drilling resolution was the right call

    To the editor:

    The March 29 editorial called out Brunswick County commissioners for failing to pass a resolution against offshore energy development. The editorial gets it wrong on multiple levels. The commissioners’ decision was the right call.

    North Carolinians spend an annual average of $3,073 per person on energy and have a median household income around $48,000. Our electricity bills are 8 percent higher than the national average. Do the math.

  • Thank you to members of St. Luke Lutheran Men on a Mission

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to St. Luke Lutheran Evangelical Church’s Men on a Mission in Shallotte for their generous monetary donation and for the 2,287.6 pounds of food they collected during their recent food drive in Sunset Beach.

    The partnership we share is invaluable to BFA and the clients we serve.

    Thank you, St. Luke Lutheran Church, for all you do to make Brunswick County a better place to live!


    Charles Jackson, BFA program manager


  • Facing formidable foes in the fight against opioid addiction

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At a recent Brunswick County Opioid Epidemic Task Force meeting, we learned there would soon be a war on area drug dealers who are poisoning our men and women. Congratulations to twin brothers Jon and Ben David, district attorneys for the 13th and Fifth Districts, respectively, and their move to set bail at $1 million for these types of offenders.

  • Congress must preserve SHIIP funding

    By Mike Causey

    guest Columnist

    An effort is under way in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish.

    North Carolina’s SHIIP office gets about $1.4 million a year from the federal government, making up about 65 percent of the program’s budget. The remaining 35 percent comes from state sources.

  • You decide: How can affordable housing be increased?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Our residence really sets the stage for much of our lives. Before getting married, I lived in five different apartments in a span of five years. The year would change, and I would change apartments, always trying to move closer to work and improve the quality of my residence.

    The first home my wife and I bought was a drafty 1,000-square-foot house far from work and with limited nearby shopping. With our larger and more accessible home today, we’re much happier.

  • On Campus with BCC: New sport joins athletics program at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College athletics boost school pride by outfitting four impressive teams of student athletes in Dolphin blue and teal. On the field and on the court, team members are fierce competitors, winning games and breaking records on the personal and program level. Student athletes consistently generate campus spirit, excellence in the classroom, and support for our community at large.