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Today's Opinions

  • Sunset Beach Town Council should accept dredging report

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3-2 on Feb. 21 to deny the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee’s report on dredging, apparently demonstrating again that if the council majority doesn’t obtain what it wants at first it will use any excuse to manipulate the process to get it eventually.

  • Immigrants, refugees make America great

    To the editor:

    I am very troubled by the atmosphere of hostility to immigrants and refugees to our country.

    We have not always welcomed such people and it has not always been a perfect fit. The 9/11 attacks was a horrendous, insane anomaly on accepting refugees and immigrants. But for most of our history, our country has benefitted greatly from both. And we still need them.

  • My view on the Hill during the Bowling Green Massacre

    It’s still vivid in my mind despite it being nearly six years later. Memories like that just sear in your mind, no matter how hard you try to forget.

    But as a former Western Kentucky University student who resided in Bowling Green, Ky., for nearly five years from fall 2009 to spring 2014, it’s time to for me to finally talk about what happened in May 2011 on the Hill.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives more of our policy committees began meeting to handle bills, we passed several key bills and we filed up to 120 bills so far, some of which I sponsored.

  • A little kindness still goes a long way

    One of my favorite things about being a community newspaper editor is getting great response from readers about what we publish and the community we serve.

  • Gorsuch fit for Supreme Court

    To the editor:

    In 2016, the American people went to the polls knowing the next president of the United States would fill the vacancy of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Trump’s victory is partially because of his promise to nominate a mainstream, conservative justice to serve on the Supreme Court.

  • Kudos for clarifying freedom of speech issue

    To the editor:

    Jackie Torok’s clarification of newspaper separation of power — news department and advertising department and free speech — in last week’s edition was well written and on point. Reading between the lines, it looks like the paid advertisement provoked some anguish amongst readers. That is probably not a bad outcome if it causes some discussion and education on the beauty of our rights and freedoms in the United States.

  • Adjectives suit ‘distinguished’ 45th president

    To the editor:

    Being that I am functionally illiterate and suffer from the English language, please allow me to plagiarize the gentleman from Supply who wrote that Democratic voters were “ignorant, childish, crude, rude, uncivil, impolite, flippant, insolent, makeshift, discourteous and unskilled.” It seems these words can be used to add one more person to the list, someone who used to be a Democrat in his formative years.