Today's Opinions

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act aims to improve students’ futures

    By Nancy Lamb

    Guest Columnist


    As parents, educators and community leaders, now is the time. Want to improve our schools? Want to help our children? In the next few weeks, the Congress is going to consider the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This is the federal government’s single largest funding pool for K-12 education. The bill represents the best opportunity to address not only poverty, but also to close the achievement gap and improve our schools for kids, educators and the community.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the General Assembly in Raleigh, we honored the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, the scouting honor society; had many discussions on the gas tax issue and saw the Senate pass a bill stabilizing the gas tax; and heard the presentation of the all-important revenue forecast for 2015-17.

  • New senator makes splash with hand-washing comment

    More than 20 years in journalism, much of it spent as a public safety reporter, has given me a pretty strong constitution. I’ve come upon horrific crime scenes and gory accidents and found myself in truly repulsive environments more times than I care to remember (and will probably never forget). After a few years, I managed to develop a more clinical approach — plus gallows humor — to cope. Today, I’m confident in my odds of winning an old-fashioned juvenile game of “What’s grosser than gross?” based solely on personal experience.

  • Churches should be allowed to accommodate those in need

    To the editor:

    I am very concerned about the needy and homeless in Brunswick County who are not permitted to sleep inside local churches during extreme cold weather.

    From the tireless dialogue and letters to state and county officials, it is my understanding churches would have to apply for a “change in occupancy.” This perplexes me.

  • Courts should treat 16-year-olds as adults

    To the editor:

    In response to a recent letter to the editor on 16-year-olds, I believe they should be treated as adults.

    They can legally drive an automobile if they are 16 and they can also drop out of school. I believe in some states they can marry if they are 16. I also believe state and national laws should be revised so they can vote at 16.

  • Thank you, BEMC, for help with flag rescue

    To the editor:

    Many thanks to a bucket team from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. for assisting with rescuing my American flag.

    Recent high winds had frayed the flag and twisted the line to the point that the flag wouldn’t lower, and when my wife asked a BEMC team for help, they responded on a Saturday with a bucket truck to reach the flag and untwist the line. Great job!

    Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Dordal


  • Climate change an elitist scheme

    To the editor:

    If you have ever wondered why some politicians, some academics, some scientists and those generally on the political left have persistently argued for the belief in man-made global warming and climate change, you need wonder no more.

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity, but to destroy capitalism.

  • How to end racisim in world

    To the editor:

    Why has racism been a problem throughout human history?

    The answer is sin. We harbor evil thoughts about other people and commit evil acts against them because of sin (Romans 3:10-23). Sin appears to make us innately suspicious of people who look differently from us. Only through the transformative power of salvation in Jesus Christ can racism be overcome (2 Corinthians 5:17). Only through seeing all other people as being created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) can we rid ourselves of racial prejudices.