Today's Opinions

  • Brunswick County’s canines deserve tethering ban

    To the editor:

    Tethering, called by another word, is torture. The act of having a rope, a chain or another object tightly wound around the neck of an animal day after day, year after year, never getting a break from this existence … you certainly can’t refer to this as a life because it is not.

    If you cannot treat an animal humanely, then you should not be able to have one at all. If we decide to own a dog, then we have the responsibility to treat them with love and tenderness as we would treat any member of our family.

  • Do your homework on park issue in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    As a resident of Sunset Beach, my husband and I were delighted the town built Sunset Beach Town Park in such a beautiful area.

    Since its opening, we have enjoyed the various festivities and events that are held in the park and have often said, “What a smart move on the town’s part!” One of these events, the waterfront market, has been a favorite. The park and the market give us a sense of community, a “town center.”

  • Two minutes on Tuesdays meant so much

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    Since retiring to Brunswick County five years ago, my wife and I have been lucky to have been part of a volunteer program that has us visiting people each Tuesday.

  • You decide: Are the humanities still useful in a tech world?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife is part of a shrinking group of people. She is low-tech! Yes, she has a smart phone and a tablet, compliments of me, but she reluctantly uses them. Many days she forgets to turn them on, and even if they’re on, she’ll forget to check for messages. Rather than texting or emailing, she still likes writing letters, making phone calls or, better yet, talking to people in person.

  • Thank you to my life savers

    To the editor:

    I’m writing to give special thanks to the Shallotte police and EMTs who saved my life on Labor Day at Waffle House.

    Low blood sugar can kill — and almost did me.

    Thanks to emergency department staff at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center as well.

    I just can’t say enough about them all.

    Jim Robinson


  • Keeping political reality straight

    To the editor:

    In his Sept. 7 letter to the editor, Duane Lewis seems in his final paragraph to support single-payer health care funding. In his first couple of paragraphs, he appears misinformed on why American is the only payroll-based health care funding system for most folks, and why they chose this system. He does make a point concerning the role of money in American politics, then seems to confuse social insurance with socialism and dives into the GOP’s attempt to sell House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan as a market solution.

  • Medical crises call for assistance

    To the editor:

    Through no fault of their own, this catastrophe impales them; without notice, like an earthquake. The “tsunami” leaves them in total destruction … if they survive. No early warning systems alert them as with tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or wildfires. They cannot escape the wreckage. Neither age, gender, race, religion nor residence escapes this devastation.

  • Thank you for supporting our students

    To the editor:

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) would like to thank all the community members and businesses that supported our recent Back to School Supply Drive, collecting backpacks and school supplies for Brunswick County students in need. This was one of our most successful supply drives, resulting in many donations distributed to children in middle schools and Waccamaw School.