Today's Opinions

  • Educate yourself, speak up about port proposal

    A megaport in Brunswick County. You’ve heard about it, but how much do you know?
    Is it good for Brunswick County?
    Is it bad?
    Are you unsure?
    For years the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been talking about building a new, large-scale port here. While the site in Southport—near Progress Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Sunny Point Military Terminal—is getting the most attention, there is also another proposed site under consideration in the Leland area.

  • America should read this book

    To the editor:
    Jonathan Cahn, a Jewish rabbi, has written an intriguing book titled “The Harbinger.” It describes in stunning detail how God’s dealings with the United States have paralleled His attempts to get ancient Israel to repent.
    The collapse of financial institutions, the collapse of the housing market and the resulting stock market plunge, along with costly foreign wars and horrific natural disasters, are shown to be linked with a timetable the Lord used with Israel.

  • Education, skills are the key to job recruitment

    To the editor:
    I read with interest and incredulity the remarks of Jim Bradshaw, Brunswick County Economic Development Director, about the state of the economy in our county. He said the county’s economic forecast was good and “despite the economy, we are doing well.”
    Really? Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 11.9 percent in December 2011, a 1.5 percent increase from November 2011 and higher than the national average of 8.5 percent.

  • What’s the real cost of county benefits?

    To the editor:
    I took great interest in last week’s report on the county commissioners updating of employee health benefits.
    I have a few questions regarding spousal coverage. In the interest of taxpayers (all of us in the county), how about eliminating the “honor system” concept with regard to coverage? It should be mandatory for the county to be the payer of last resort.

  • The port project is not dead

    To the editor:
    It’s déjà vu all over again.
    In July 2010 the Ports Authority declared the Southport megaport project “on hold” and the press pronounced it was dead.
    Since then $2 million more has been spent examining how ports can compete for Post Panamax business, the Senate removed protective language from the House budget bill prohibiting spending on the deepwater port at Southport, and the price tag for the NCIT is now estimated to be a colossal, mind-boggling $6.1 billion.
    Dead? Hah!

  • Far from over, GOP presidential battle important part of vetting process

    On the morning of the Michigan and Arizona Republican primaries I was making my rounds through the morning political shows, hoping to catch up on the political news of the day after being in the vacuum of a first-degree murder trial for the past week.

    While watching an a.m. show “brewed by Starbucks,” NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd and some of his liberal lemmings were salivating, and I mean salivating, at the idea of Mitt Romney losing his home state of Michigan on Tuesday.

  • ‘Just cause’ list to remove Warren from DSS is long

    And as far as we’re concerned, it wasn’t soon enough.
    Monday night the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners had a hearing to determine if there was just cause to remove fellow commissioner Charles Warren from the DSS board where he has been causing havoc as its chairman.
    Warren refused to leave the DSS board even after commissioners passed a code of ethics calling for commissioners to step down from such posts.
    He didn’t think that was “just cause” to remove him.

  • Hydrofracking isn’t the answer

    To the editor:
    Hydrofracking is banned in North Carolina. Recently, I received notice from a North Carolina watchdog group called Food and Water Watch. Reports say the General Assembly wants to overturn the ban this spring.
    I am a small business owner interested in reducing the cost of gas and oil, but only if methods used are safe and efficient.
    I strongly disagree with the idea of “hydrofracking” in North Carolina. Fresh water is a very limited/precious resource we should not take for granted. We cannot drink, swim or fish in natural gas.