Today's Opinions

  • Residents should not be charged for recycling

    To the editor:

    To those in charge of the recycling program, I find it incomprehensible why the town of Sunset Beach charges its residents to recycle their garbage.

    The residents who take the time and care to be responsible people are not recognized for their social responsibility, but are being punished.

    Those residents who are struggling to pay their bills are not given the chance to be socially responsible and do what is necessary to clean and protect the environment by being charged a fee to recycle.

  • Momentum is building against our heroin crisis

    More than a year after a community coalition took its first step toward addressing Brunswick County’s heroin crisis through a collaborative multi-agency initiative, it may seem as though little headway has been made in eradicating the problem.

    Just last year, Brunswick County residents had 20 unintentional medication and drug overdose deaths — a rate of 16.8 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the North Carolina average was 9.7 people per 100,000 people, according to figures from N.C. Vital Records and State Center for Health Statistics

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • Compare health insurance plans during open enrollment

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    I am reminding North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage.

    The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.

  • I am suspicious of the bowtie

    Bowties! No good can come from them. Why are they still a thing?

    I have seen a fair amount of bowties lately and I don’t know why.

    Is this the season for them?

    Or is it a result of the hurricane that passed by along with excessive mosquitoes because of all the standing water?

    No matter the reason, I am weary of them as they may be a harbinger of doom.

    I see no reason for the use of the bowtie in the 21st Century.

  • Will Medicaid reform work for you?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Medicaid is the public program assisting limited-income households with their health care expenditures. Begun in 1965, the program is jointly funded by federal and state governments. In North Carolina, the funding split is 65 percent federal money and 35 percent state money.

  • NCDOT reminds motorists to keep alert for deer

    By Kevin Lacy

    Guest Columnist

    As the temperature starts dropping and leaves start falling, another sign of the changing season is more deer along North Carolina roadways, and in turn a greater chance of a collision with a deer.

    Over the last three years (between 2012 and 2014), nearly half of the 58,372 animal-related crashes in the state took place in October through December. About 90 percent of those involved deer.