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Today's Opinions

  • President’s W.Va. visit smacks of ‘Smackdown’

    To the editor:

    President Trump recently revisited the friendly confines of West Virginia. It was very reminiscent of seeing him at WWE events beating down Vince McMahon a few years back, with his loyal fans bowing to him and shouting “lock her up.”

  • A new school year is almost upon us

    The first day of classes for Brunswick County Schools students is not until Aug. 28, which means it is not too late to prepare for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram provides important safety tips for motorists to follow all year round, not just when school is in session, in his Sheriff’s Corner column this week. Following is a compendium of other helpful back-to-school hints we found.

    For parents, from the U.S. Department of Education:

  • You decide: Should everyone have a basic income?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, recently caused a stir by throwing his support behind the idea of a guaranteed basic income. Just speaking to my neighbors, colleagues at work and friends at the gym, I’ve noticed he certainly has set off some passionate conversation about the merits or demerits of the idea.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last Thursday, Aug. 3, was the day the North Carolina House and Senate were called into special session twice. We were expecting to vote on overrides to four bills vetoed by the governor, but we found the override votes were delayed because of members not attending and we handled several other bills in one long day.

  • Clarifying Waterfront Market transition

    To the editor:

    Regarding the story published in the Aug. 3 edition, the idea for the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market was presented to the Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association, of which I was a member, in the summer of 2015 after much work and research.

    The market began under the umbrella of SBBMA and was managed weekly for a long and short season by four women who later formed the Waterfront Markets LLC. During this time all proceeds were given to support the promotion of the town of Sunset Beach and its member merchants through SBBMA.

  • Stand against seismic testing, offshore drilling

    This past weekend, the North Carolina Coastal Federation recognized Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis with a Pelican Award for his work on Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site cleanup “that benefits the entire coast and state of North Carolina.” The plant, which operated from the 1930s to the 1970s, shut down in 1980. Creosote and sludge left on the site entered the marshes adjacent to the Brunswick River and Sturgeon Creek, which flow into the Cape Fear River.

  • Food trucks at the county complex an undervalued idea

    At the last county board of commissioners meeting, July 17, unnoticed in the regular course of events but approved as part of the consent agenda, members made a food truck program at the government complex permanent after a year-long trial period.

    In July 2016, food trucks were temporarily approved to set up from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serve customers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on traffic court days, normally two Fridays a month. Since the trial period went trouble-free, the board approved the food truck program to continue on a permanent basis.

  • Sunset Beach needs to revise park use permits

    To the editor:

    The Waterfront Market in Sunset Beach Town Park is very popular and people like it. However, the park is public property for which taxpayers paid more than a million dollars.

    If the town were to rent the park out every day of the week for a once-a-year $25 permit payment, I don’t think people will think that’s a good idea. There’s certainly a good chance we are headed in that direction.