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Today's Opinions

  • When you just can’t slow your roll, hang on

    Has anyone seen where my 2017 went? I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s like I blinked and all of a sudden June is nearly upon us.

    I suppose when you’ve had your nose to the grindstone for what seems like months on end, you don’t notice too much of what’s going on around you. Late nights (and early mornings — ugh) and little sleep don’t help matters. (Also: Hooray for coffee!)

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’d rather be ridiculously busy than idle and bored with no work to do.

  • Vote ‘no’ on de-annexation legislation, and then Rabon, too

    To the editor:

    Well, it seems Sen. Bill Rabon has wielded his power and once again ignored the wishes of the town of Sunset Beach. He and his Senate cronies have passed legislation that would de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from the town limits. It now rests with the House to stop this travesty. It is time for Rep. Frank Iler to tell his colleagues to vote “no” on this proposal that will come to them.

  • To my dad on his 90th birthday

    Let me tell you a story I’ve been thinking about recently from the time long ago known as the 1980s.

    It was back when I was in the dumb kid age range, somewhere between 10 and 13, but not yet into the surly, punk teenager era.

    These were the days before every moment of a kid’s day was scheduled.

    We could get on our bikes and ride around, see who else in the neighborhood was doing the same thing and end up with a half dozen or more kids looking for something to do.

  • Only pieces of ACA were implemented

    To the editor:

    It seems to me the Affordable Care Act hasn’t really ever been implemented. What was implemented were pieces and parts of the original proposal. What was originally proposed would have covered more people (including expanded Medicaid), spread the cost over a larger population and required insurance providers to cover at no-cost 10 Essential Health Benefits (EHS). What was originally proposed was actually close to a wellness program.

  • Problems are gridlock and ideology, not government

    To the editor:

    Mark Twain once said: “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you; it is what you know for sure that ain’t true!”

    Bernie Sanders knows a majority of American voters are ready for universal health care. Ain’t so.

    Paul Ryan knows a majority of American voters are ready for a market solution to health care. Ain’t so.

  • Join others in Hands Across the Sands

    To the editor:

    Most of us have chosen to live close to Brunswick County beaches. We enjoy the ocean, the sandy beaches and local seafood, or we make our living from those who do. Do we think about how important a clean coastal environment is to what we value and enjoy? Are we willing to take a bit of our time Saturday, May 20, to show our support for protecting our coast?

  • History does not support corporate tax cut claims

    To the editor:

    President Trump is proposing to cut the top marginal corporate tax rate from the current 35 to 15 percent with an estimated cost of $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

    According to the Tax Foundation, the top corporate tax bracket in the U.S. is the third highest in the world, so on the surface, a tax cut makes sense. However, looking deeper, the proposed 15 percent tax rate is extreme, as the proposed rate would move the U.S. near the bottom worldwide.

  • Thank you for Blessing of the Pets

    To the editor:

    Sunday, May 7, was my first time participating in the annual Blessing of the Pets at Sharon United Methodist Church. Currently I am “petless,” but borrowed a friend’s pet so I, too, could enjoy this experience.

    The Mistress of Ceremonies and her young assistant did a fantastic job coordinating pet introductions, the fashion show, talent contest, smallest pet, largest pet and best in show. At the program’s conclusion, Pastor Eddie Hill blessed each pet, including a bird. Needless to say, it was a super afternoon.