Today's Opinions

  • Proffering potential cancer-killing remedies

    To the editor:

    People seem to become embarrassed by common-sense suggestions and ideas. Here are a few of mine that I am sure my wife will think are utterly ridiculous.

    Just went to a funeral service for a friend who died of cancer. We also found out another friend has cancer.

  • Homelessness not just about lack of shelter

    To the editor:

    My husband and I recently moved to Brunswick County from New York. As we settled in, a friend asked me if I wanted to attend a meeting of the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition (BCHC). Having done similar work in New York, I was eager to see how I could help here.

  • Some suggestions for aiding flood recovery efforts

    Trying to keep tabs on my friends back in the Palmetto State was a challenge as Hurricane Joaquin brushed the Carolinas’ coast, preceding an unusual weather phenomenon akin to aiming a giant fire hose across South Carolina and along its North Carolina state line Oct. 2-5. Even though you can count me among the folks who were stuck inside their homes for a few days, I think it’s safe to say the situation in Brunswick County was nowhere near as dire as it was, and has been, for our neighbors to the south where the death toll stands at 19.

  • Making ‘Sunshine Week’ every week

    By Kevin M. Goldberg

    Guest Columnist

    The 10th Sunshine Week ended about six month ago, on March 21. This annual celebration of open government was created by the American Society of News Editors with a grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.

  • Can we resolve our tax issues?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guset Columnist

    Taxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public revenues between urban and rural counties. Legislation was passed for some of these items, but I can assure you there will be more discussion and debate in future sessions.

  • Fight fraud by guarding your Medicare number

    By M. Lee Millman

    Guest Columnist

    Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system. Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people’s Medicare numbers.

    So guard your Medicare number. Treat it as you would a credit card.

    Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:

  • Pray for peace in Syria, Iraq

    To the editor:

    Let us pray for the people in Syria who are caught up in a terrible, ongoing conflict that has lasted for several years. Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist forces have taken possession of vast areas of this nation that is so often mentioned in the Bible.

    Christian communities that have been in existence since the days of the Apostle Paul have been decimated. Thousands of Christians have been butchered mercilessly by ISIS. The Assad regime that ruled Syria for decades and gave protection to Christians is now riven with violence and revolution.

  • Celebrating Nuclear Science Week, Oct. 19-23

    To the editor:

    Oct. 19-23 is Nuclear Science Week (NSW) and my favorite week of the year. NSW advances education, stimulates participation and generates communication that provides insight and visibility for the achievements of the nuclear sciences.

    I began my career at Brunswick Nuclear Plant (BNP) 15 years ago as a plant operator, and the best part about working for Duke Energy is the encouragement we receive to give back to the community. NSW is a prime time for employees, like me, to do just that.