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Today's Opinions

  • SB875 will tear apart community

    To the editor:

    There is an unusual bill before the North Carolina General Assembly: Senate Bill 875. It is interesting, and perhaps instructive, that the bill makes no mention of the reason de-annexation is requested. We must ask what sense it makes to take two ends of an island in the town limits and put those island ends outside. The residents of those areas will be using the town’s police services, the town-maintained roads and will have water and sewer only through the actions and grace of the town of Sunset Beach.

  • WBHS students show lot of class

    To the editor:

    I just want to say how proud and blessed I am to see West Brunswick High School reach out to South Brunswick High School when they lost a classmate in a tragic accident May 25. When teenagers make mistakes and wrong choices, it will be in the news and on TV. But it is not often you hear about the good things they do that don’t seem to be news.

  • Party seeks to divide nation

    To the editor:

    This is in response to Stan Rogoff’s letter in the May 26 edition. I didn’t write to address Thomas McGrath on the national debt or David Rouzer’s failure to vote for higher taxes, but rather his obsession with The New Deal. Get over it! FDR’s New Deal, LBJ’s Great Society and President Obama’s Hope and Change — all of them are failures.

  • Cyclists’ conundrum cause for cynicism

    A well-intentioned news release issued last week by the state Department of Transportation, which should have brought a smile to my face, instead brought out the grouch in me.

    It began: “A summertime bike ride is a great chance to get outside and enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful scenery. As part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to recreation opportunities, the state is working to make sure that cyclists can ride safely this summer.”

  • You decide: How can we boost economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Energy efficiencies

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Consider the energy and manpower wasted in running and repairing aging chillers, boilers, air handlers and lighting systems. Add the energy lost from every leaky window, every outdated control and every high-volume toilet and faucet. The waste is astounding. To compound matters, poor indoor environmental quality is produced by the poor ventilation, over-ventilation and humidity control issues in buildings that produce this waste. Energy waste equates to financial waste.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed two major transportation bills, one I sponsored and one I opposed; we got a glimpse of the Senate’s version of the 2016-17 budget; and we saw two bills involving Sunset Beach pass the Senate.

    On May 30, I was privileged to attend the Memorial Day celebration and observance for our fallen military heroes at the Battleship North Carolina.

  • Appreciate novel approach to military appreciation

    I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend this past week.