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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: What explains the rising costs for college?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s the beginning of a new academic year on college campuses. It’s my 40th as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. I see the eager, young students venturing onto the campus for the first time and tell myself that was me a long, long time ago!

    Of course, new students face many challenges, including deciding on a major, adjusting to the rigors of college courses and balancing “study time” with “fun time.”

  • News itself often more sensational than reports

    My beloved beleaguered Cleveland Browns — who only won their last game last season to go 1-15 — are undefeated in the preseason, having beaten the New York Giants on Monday night. My beloved Cleveland Indians played just a few blocks away, beating the Boston Red Sox, and remain atop the American League Central division.

    In June, my beloved Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t repeat as NBA champs, but they retained the Eastern Conference title for a third straight year.

  • Boycott currency that depicts slave owners

    To the editor:

    With all the displeasure of statues that were and are a part of this nation’s history, I ask all people whether they are black, white, Native American or other to please boycott and do not use the $1, $20, $50 and $100 bills, as they depict slave owners on them.

    Gather all of these hideous forms of racism and send them to me, and I will see to it they are disposed of properly.

    You don’t have to thank me. I do this as a public service for my country!

    Jim Parsch

    Carolina Shores

  • Decision on terminal groin requires expertise

    To the editor:

    As a part-time oceanfront resident of Ocean Isle Beach, I have been aware of the ongoing controversy concerning the construction of a terminal groin at the east end of the beach, and I am familiar with these structures at Pawleys Island, S.C., which has a number of them.

  • Park use problem rooted in permit cost and duration

    For all the questions in recent weeks surrounding the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach in Sunset Beach Town Park, certain details are clear.

    No one dislikes the market.

    No one wants it to be discontinued.

    No one believes Waterway Markets LLC, consisting of market managers Chris Wilson, Susan Bradford and Carol Corbett and market partner Emily Shea, does a poor job of operating the market.

    No one has said Wilson, Bradford, Corbett and Shea are bad people; rather, they are viewed as savvy businesswomen.

  • Get ready for the total solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

    By Will Snyder

    Guest Columnist

    On Monday, Aug. 21, all eyes will look to the sky across the United States as the sun and moon perform an enchanting dance. Slowly, the sun seems to be consumed by darkness. Onlookers will gasp in awe as more and more of the sun seems to disappear until, finally, the sun ceases to shine.

  • Matters of the heart weigh heavily on the mind

    It’s Sunday evening, and I’m watching the “Harry Potter” movie marathon on Freeform (they seem to air one at least once a month, but I’m not complaining) to take my mind off recent troubles near and far.

  • Thank you for N.C. Vietnam veterans wall

    To the editor:

    I write to congratulate Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum and AMVETS leader Bill Clark for their efforts to bring the N.C. Vietnam veterans wall to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    The memorial is a tribute to the 1,615 servicemen and -women from Brunswick County who died in the Vietnam War. It is on the front lawn of the courthouse, where it will remain through the end of the year.

    The wall was built here in Brunswick County by the AMVETS of America using cash donations, volunteer time and donated products.