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Today's Opinions

  • Problems are gridlock and ideology, not government

    To the editor:

    Mark Twain once said: “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you; it is what you know for sure that ain’t true!”

    Bernie Sanders knows a majority of American voters are ready for universal health care. Ain’t so.

    Paul Ryan knows a majority of American voters are ready for a market solution to health care. Ain’t so.

  • Join others in Hands Across the Sands

    To the editor:

    Most of us have chosen to live close to Brunswick County beaches. We enjoy the ocean, the sandy beaches and local seafood, or we make our living from those who do. Do we think about how important a clean coastal environment is to what we value and enjoy? Are we willing to take a bit of our time Saturday, May 20, to show our support for protecting our coast?

  • History does not support corporate tax cut claims

    To the editor:

    President Trump is proposing to cut the top marginal corporate tax rate from the current 35 to 15 percent with an estimated cost of $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

    According to the Tax Foundation, the top corporate tax bracket in the U.S. is the third highest in the world, so on the surface, a tax cut makes sense. However, looking deeper, the proposed 15 percent tax rate is extreme, as the proposed rate would move the U.S. near the bottom worldwide.

  • Thank you for Blessing of the Pets

    To the editor:

    Sunday, May 7, was my first time participating in the annual Blessing of the Pets at Sharon United Methodist Church. Currently I am “petless,” but borrowed a friend’s pet so I, too, could enjoy this experience.

    The Mistress of Ceremonies and her young assistant did a fantastic job coordinating pet introductions, the fashion show, talent contest, smallest pet, largest pet and best in show. At the program’s conclusion, Pastor Eddie Hill blessed each pet, including a bird. Needless to say, it was a super afternoon.

  • Foundation supports BFA

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance is proud to announce the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation has granted the agency funds for the 2017 fiscal year.

    BFA is beyond grateful for the ongoing support of the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation. It is only with the generosity of friends like them that BFA is able to fulfill our mission of assisting our neighbors in need.

    Thank you, CFMF!

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director

    Shallotte

  • You decide: What determines county jobless rates in N.C.?

    The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short lag, so the information is reasonably up-to-date.

    Second, an unemployment rate, unlike many economic measures, is relatively easy to understand. It’s the percentage of the adult workforce actively looking for a job.

  • Meals tax is a bad idea for Brunswick County residents

    By Lynn Minges

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we hosted the UNC Tar Heels national champion men’s basketball team, we had a short week in the House of Representatives while the Senate worked on the state budget, and I was able to spend more time back in the district talking to our citizens.