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Today's Opinions

  • Legislators must pass common-sense tax laws

    To the editor:

    Wikipedia describes a 19th century experiment in which a frog was supposedly cooked alive when water at room temperature was slowly heated to the boiling point. Evidently, politicians in Raleigh heard this story because a similar tactic is being used in their so-called tax reform package.

    There was a 2015 rollout of new taxes on services or entertainment such as concerts. The sales tax base in 2016 expanded to include repair, maintenance and installation services on a variety of things. Is this any way to protect citizens and small businesses?

  • Democratic Party is divisive

    To the editor:

    Regarding Thomas McGrath’s May 5 letter on cause and effect of policy, my conclusion is he needs to do a lot of research on The New Deal. Just like hope and change, it sounds good but didn’t solve anything — only made The Depression last more than a decade and the recent recession more than a decade. Just pick your own era of time.

  • Senate Bill 875 epitomizes cronyism

    To the editor:

    As I reported to Sen. Bill Rabon (and received no response), his Senate Bill 875 has created a firestorm in Sunset Beach. It must be rescinded.

    The process — without any input from taxpayers or town council and apparently meant to satisfy the financial interests for a developer — is morally reprehensible, riddled with political favoritism and a classic case of cronyism.

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • Sunset Beach police chief deserves kudos

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner recently announced three new programs available to residents of our town:

    Coffee with the Chief: This program provides residents an opportunity to personally meet with their police chief in a friendly and casual setting. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss matters of interest, learn more about their police department, offer tips and share information directly with Chief Joyner.

  • Fire department merits newly improved rating

    To the editor:

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin recently announced the Tri-Beach Fire Department completed its routine inspection and received a rating of 4 for the Holden Beach District. The 4 rating is an improvement from the department’s previous 5 rating and will be effective Aug. 1. Ratings of responding fire departments directly impact property insurance calculations.

  • Sunset Beach ownership issue remains unresolved

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Attorney Grady Richardson is wrong in claiming a “2006 legal opinion involving Riverside Drive and petitioner Jan Harris, when ownership of the 69-lot property was resolved by submission of deeds.”