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Today's Opinions

  • Court to rule on gerrymandering

    To the editor:

    In 2018, gerrymandering will be ruled legal or not under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch reminded the court concerning states’ rights and representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Actually, the interest of each state is assured in the U.S. Senate made up of two senators per state. Their districts cannot be gerrymandered.

  • Say no to offshore drilling

    To the editor:

    The extraction of oil and gas is a dirty and dangerous process with inevitable leaks and spills of crude oil and gases that are toxic to all plants and animals living in and along coastal marshes and estuaries.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed a major clean water bill in the House of Representatives, we had several oversight committees, including transportation, and I opened the first local district office in memory by a state representative in Brunswick County.

  • You decide: Where is the economy headed in 2018?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for production and hiring plans. Government officials want to know what the economy will mean for their tax revenues and public expenditures. And, of course, the relative strength or weakness of the economy is one of the key determinants of the availability, types and pay of jobs for workers.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 30

    Misdemeanor larceny of a bicycle worth $135 from the front yard of a Brooks Court residence.

    Dec. 31

    Felony larceny by removing the anti-theft device from a $128 drill kit to steal it from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was unusual for what was happening both inside and outside the legislative buildings. Although I had only one meeting to attend, it seemed to take two days on the calendar.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council mistreats volunteers

    To the editor:

    Again, and still, Sunset Beach Town Council is in a “taking” mood. This time it is once again talking about privatizing Sunset at Sunset. This is our one and only town event, which was started by the town with citizen volunteers and a modicum of staff support. While surrounding towns are adding parks and events every year, we have a town council that is still questioning everything that is, or has been, done for its residents and tourists. Our town is a public embarrassment. Shame on you!

  • Shallotte and NCDOT: Stop making messes of town roads

    To the editor:

    OMG! What kind of mess is the town of Shallotte planning now? They are working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to relocate the ABC store so they can re-align Wall Street with Shallotte Avenue.

    What a mess that is in the morning with all the buses and kids driving to school.