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Today's Opinions

  • County escapes colossal catastrophe

    Few might have believed Brunswick County, with its 40 miles of beaches, would fare so much better than neighboring inland counties after Hurricane Matthew.

    Much of that can be attributed to the storm’s path, but the remainder is a credit to our people and our preparation in bracing for the worst when Matthew struck Saturday.

  • Autumn festivals continue seasonal delights

    While Brunswick County sells itself on the warm-weather fun to be had on its beaches, fall festivals scheduled throughout our community keep people coming back for more.

    This past weekend, Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach celebrated its 10th anniversary with what organizers called its best event yet. The weekend before that, Sunset Beach Town Park played host to the second annual Paddle Fest, presented by Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association.

  • Support efforts to end domestic violence

    This past Saturday, Hope Harbor Home had its fifth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally.

    The event is designed to raise money for Hope Harbor Home clients to pay for legal representation when seeking restraining orders and pressing criminal charges against their abusers. The process for victims seeking to reclaim their lives and personal safety does not end when they put physical distance between themselves and their abusers.

  • Vote ‘yes’ on $152M school bond

    Along with the local, state and federal races between candidates that will appear on our ballots for the Nov. 8 general election will be a referendum about a $152 million bond for Brunswick County Schools.

  • Appreciation effort needs some refining

    As we conclude our observances of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, many of us feel a renewed sense of appreciation for first responders and other public safety personnel who routinely put themselves in harm’s way to spare the lives of others.

  • County needs more foster homes

    As students in Brunswick County adjust to the new school year that began Aug. 29, experts agree reinforcement of positive habits and a consistent routine are key elements of academic success and overall well-being.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we voted to override the governor’s veto for the first time this session, we introduced many local bills and we welcomed visitors from Brunswick County.

    Last Wednesday, March 22, we had the first bill vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper come back to the House and Senate for possible override votes.

  • You decide: Are we asking too much of the Fed?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The Federal Reserve — for short, the Fed — is again front and center in the news. With the economy improving and the stock market soaring, the Fed is expected to increase short-term interest rates several times in 2017.

    Yet the Fed and its policies have not been held in high regard by many. Some say the Fed has been trying to do too much. Indeed, some even say the Fed’s policies have been harmful. Let me try to explain and then let you decide.