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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, the speaker appointed the committee to negotiate the budget, we passed a bill to make amusement rides and zip lines safer, and we continued discussing the differences between the House and Senate budgets.

  • Moving this summer? Protect yourself by planning ahead

    By Attorney General Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    Moving is hard work, and many of the millions of Americans who move between May and September hire professionals to help. If you’re planning to move this summer, learn what steps you can take to make sure it goes smoothly.

  • Need to reform welfare system

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    In 1996, a Republican-led Congress and a Democratic president signed a welfare reform bill that required recipient’s work. It was a good bill that helped move millions off welfare and into productive jobs.

  • You decide: How can a business stay afloat?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Operating a business is tough. Meeting payroll, hiring qualified workers, attracting buyers and complying with regulations are just a few of the challenges faced by business owners. Statistics show 44 percent of new businesses shut down within three years. Opening a business is no guarantee it will be a success.

  • Planetarium draws visitors to Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    At a June 16 Sunset Beach Town Council workshop, Councilman Lou De Vita questioned the effectiveness of the Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association’s (SBBMA) campaign to attract tourists. He chose to cite the SBBMA’s posting of the programs at Ingram Planetarium on its website as an example of ineffective spending.

    I leave it to the SBBMA to justify its overall program, but De Vita’s statements imply the programs offered at Ingram Planetarium have no effect on attracting visitors to Sunset Beach. I disagree.

  • A call to be renewed

    Christian believers see challenges coming toward us from every side to overwhelm and defeat the cause of the kingdom of God.

  • Facts about Sunset Beach Town Park’s tree removal plans

    To the editor:

    Regarding Charlie Nern’s letter in last week’s edition, he is wrong in his information on the tree removal in the Sunset Beach Town Park. According to a town survey, the overwhelming majority of homeowners said their main wish for the new park should be to retain the trees. I requested all town records regarding the removal of the trees in the park. The records show this was not done.

  • Historic event unifies Americans

    To the editor:

    Pastor Brad Ferguson and I journeyed to Columbia, S.C., July 10 to witness a historic event: the lowering and removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. It should never have been allowed to fly one the statehouse dome or on the statehouse grounds.