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Today's Opinions

  • On Campus with BCC: Singing praises of unsung heroes

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    It is the zealous efforts of individuals who often go unnoticed that allow Brunswick Community College to operate seamlessly. A light fixture that was not working one day is “magically” functioning the next. Colorful beds of flowers and manicured lawns bless the campus overnight. Cluttered hallways and lounges seemingly right themselves. These mysterious occurrences are the work of BCC’s unsung heroes. It is through their continuous commitment to excellence and dedicated devotion that our campus thrives.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had “crossover week,” which meant double committee meetings and long floor sessions, we passed more than 150 bills, including two overrides of the governor’s veto, and we still spent time with important visitors from home.

  • Respect and uphold basic rights for all

    To the editor:

    Maybe it’s because I can imagine my grandfather, as a child, arriving on a boat from Italy, or the three sisters from Austria, one who would become my great-grandmother, that I empathize with and support the rights of the latest immigrants and refugees.

    Recently, local law enforcement officials, at the request of residents, discussed policies and practices in Brunswick County.

  • Ask Burr and thank Rouzer for supporting palliative care

    To the editor:

    Having personally taken care of two family members who had Alzheimer’s disease, my late mother Yvonne and my father-in-law Alan, I am proud to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S. 693/H.R. 1676).

    PCHETA would ensure America has an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce through workforce training, education and awareness, and enhanced research. Palliative care and hospice are critical services for people in the advanced stages of this terminal disease.

  • Sunset Beach must regain respect it lost

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council will face responsibility or meet a concerted effort to be replaced.

    It is in the news spotlight too often in the negative. De-annexation, banning everything they can, threatening to disband a committee they commissioned because they did not like the findings, charging permitting fees for everything from garage sales to walking a dog … shame on the council for allowing this to go unchecked.

  • It is time to act against the fire of addiction

    To the editor:

    The opioid epidemic and the many ways we can combat it should be no-brainers, except our foe is powerful: thousands of users and pushers who are addicts and must use and push.

    Both user and pusher are driven to feed their habits. We, on the other hand, are just now uniting and determining who will do what — an excellent start, but still miles and miles to go.

  • We goofed in a headline, and I’m sorry

    When’s the perfect time to print a misspelled word in a headline?

    The proper answer is never.

    In our case, it was above an editorial extolling Brunswick County Schools in the edition that just went to press.

    Naturally. Or should I say “naturalily?”

    If you missed it, the word we misspelled was “potential.” Our new word? “Potentional.”

  • Choice breaks down entirely in health care

    To the editor:

    “Choice” and “access” are the central themes running through the health care debate. Theoretically, more “choice” brings better quality and lower costs.

    In health care, “choice” breaks down entirely! Is there a real choice to say no to life-saving medical treatment or medications?