Today's Opinions

  • Why do you fly American flag?

    To the editor:

    I love seeing the American flag flying high in the town of Calabash and in Sunset Beach Town Park. As we approach Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we will see flags being dusted off and flown at homes. However, I notice the American spirit is highly visible throughout the year in this area, as witnessed by the flags flying proudly at neighborhood homes. Do you ever think as to why, exactly, you fly the flag daily?

  • Planned Parenthood videos should spark outrage

    To the editor:

    Cecil the lion was wounded with an arrow by an American recreational big-game hunter, was then tracked and then killed with a rifle. The killing drew international media attention and sparked outrage among animal conservationists, politicians and celebrities.

    Now, are we as outraged about the Planned Parenthood issue?

  • Journalists always at risk of becoming news

    Until Aug. 26, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, it counted 39 deaths of journalists around the world in 2015 in countries like Syria, Yemen and France.

    But last Wednesday morning, the people working at WDBJ-TV experienced the horror of seeing two of their coworkers shot to death and a woman seriously injured on live television outside Smith Mountain Lake, Va., near Roanoke.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist


    This summer, I was most fortunate to accompany the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Economic and Workforce Development Team to a business roundtable at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

    Karen Sphar, the chamber’s executive vice president, invited the college to discuss with local business and industry owners “how the community could foster a more entrepreneurial friendly atmosphere.” There were more than 30 attendees.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed an extension of the budget deadline of Aug. 31; we passed a bill to regulate Uber and other transportation network companies; we passed a bill to provide more directional highway signs; and we had a couple of high public officials visit Brunswick County.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist



  • North Carolina versus South Carolina: Which is economic winner?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina and South Carolina were once one — one colony that is — prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s — historians differ on exactly when — the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two states. There has been a rivalry ever since.

  • Pray for officers, those accused

    To the editor:

    We have ongoing reports of police being shot while carrying out their regular duties, and just like any other group there are good and bad. Please pray for all law enforcement forces trying to keep us safe while we go about with our daily lives.

    Pray also for those arrested, that all will be treated with justice, despite their race, age, gender and charges.