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Opinion

  • From The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute:

    In his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. Mark Luther King Jr. urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society.

  • Holden Beach has put Brunswick County on notice it is interested in pursuing a project that could mean more sand being placed on the east end of the island.

    In an email sent to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett, Oak Island Town Manager David Kelly and Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy in November, Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said the county received a grant award contract from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources for the Lockwood Folly Navigation Project submitted last summer.

  • Formerly the county-run Brunswick River Park, the revamped, restructured and renamed Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park officially opened in 2015 and now boasts a 2,400-square-foot observation deck, 125-foot-long fishing pier, concert pavilion, a handicapped accessible mile-long nature trail and farmer’s market.

    The addition of a Cape Fear Raptor Center education facility and 1,480-foot waterfront boardwalk, among other amenities, are pending.

  • Editor’s note: The following is written in part by Mitzi York, Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority executive director.

    The holidays are a special time for families in North Carolina to gather and look ahead to the New Year with anticipation and enthusiasm. It’s also a time when we reflect on the past year including memorable highlights and challenges.

  • Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • The BBB reports charitable giving is always high at the holidays when donors are feeling generous. It is one of the reasons we published a special section in our Nov. 15 edition, “Season of Giving,” to highlight six of the many nonprofits serving the people of our community.

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday issued Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) to five companies for seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast.

  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was observed Nov. 10-18 this year, but hunger and homelessness continue to plague too many of our Brunswick County neighbors every day.

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition shared information about poverty-related problems and their impact during its seventh annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet:

  • This year, AAA Carolinas predicts close to 1.5 million North Carolinians and 732,000 South Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more — 90 percent of them by motor vehicle — for Thanksgiving this holiday season. The organization defines the holiday travel period as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

  • Brunswick County bested the state as a whole in terms of voter turnout for Election Day this year. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, 3,714,582 of the state’s 7,089,657 eligible voters cast ballots, translating into 52.39 percent turnout, while 58,932 of our county’s 103,291 eligible voters did, too, amounting to 57.05 percent.

  • Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the event that prompted the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. It was our nation’s first observance of Veterans Day, as it came to be known in 1954, because the “war to end all wars” was not.

  • Avid Brunswick County cyclists asked the state Department of Transportation in spring 2016 to add bike paths alongside North Carolina Bike Route 3, which comes through Shallotte and goes down N.C. 179, as it prepared to pave sections of the highway in increments through 2018. NCDOT said it was not possible, not only because the request was received too late to alter plans, but also because resurfacing funds are usually not used to widen a road to add bike lanes.

  • Hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30, overlapping with flu season, which began Oct. 1. Both have been deadly in North Carolina in 2018.

    Although the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has not officially recorded any flu fatalities for the current season, which ends in May, state media outlets reported one in Wake County and another in Buncombe County. Both victims were older than 65, just like the majority of those who died as a result of the virus last season across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

  • In the midst of all the breaking news and upcoming Nov. 6 elections (who ya gonna vote for?), it’s time to take a commercial Kit Kat break and address another important seasonal topic: Halloween candy.

    Every year about this time, my email transom starts pouring in with public relations messages from Los Angeles-based CandyStore.com.

  • Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote “When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You” to help teach civics to young children. According to a PBS report, “In a section about voting, the book counsels, ‘You may be guided by the choices of your party, but you should also learn, on your own, the facts about the issues and the candidates.’”

  • It is not as if Brunswick County does not have enough to deal with after Hurricane Florence. In addition to the destruction left in the storm’s wake, residents are dealing with an infestation of large, aggressive mosquitoes floodwaters have left behind.

  • Ever since Hurricane Florence smashed into the Carolinas, everyone has been trying to return to normal as quickly as possible.

    As people who had evacuated Brunswick County slowly but surely returned, even those who came back to find minimal destruction to their property were inconvenienced while government offices and many local businesses remained closed because of structural damage or a lack of supplies and resources.

  • Disasters have a way of bringing communities together with an outpouring of support for those who find themselves in need. But as surely as we can count on fire ants banding together to float on floodwaters, a hurricane like Florence draws out some of the most unscrupulous thieves in existence.

    Looters and vandals who strike vacant businesses, homes and vehicles are bad enough. Even worse are the scam artists who lie in wait for the opportunity to take advantage of people in their most vulnerable moments.

  • By the time Hurricane Florence made landfall last Thursday night at Wrightsville Beach in neighboring New Hanover County, it seemed most of the people in Brunswick County had heeded official orders to evacuate for higher ground away from the coast.

    Some found shelter at West, North and South Brunswick high schools, where they were able to bring their pets with proper documentation. Others elected to ride the storm out at their homes.

    But many stayed behind to serve.

  • Before Hurricane Florence decided to head for our coastline this week and make a mess, state and local officials were encouraging residents to clean up the litter in their communities.