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Today's Opinions

  • Just a breath away

    By Jennifer Hulon

    Guest Columnist

    The weekend of Oct. 2, 2015, a storm system of epic proportions stalled over South Carolina, drenching the entire east coast of the state with massive amounts of rain. This same weekend, 14-year-old Andrea Kelly and her twin sister, Courtney, arrived in Little River, S.C., from their home in Sanford to visit their father, Bobby Kelly.

  • You decide: Where does the state economy stand at mid-year?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The economy is one of the top issues in this year’s elections, all the way from state and local races, to the major contest of the year: the presidential election.

    So it may be helpful to make a mid-year assessment of the economy, how it’s been doing and identifying the important issues. And to do so I’ll stay right here at home in North Carolina and then let you decide whether we’re on a good track or not.

  • Who and what matters

    When someone dies violently because of another’s actions, their killer may not be convicted or even charged with a crime; in fact, they may suffer no punishment at all — or at least none others can see.

    When this happens repeatedly in similar circumstances, it looks like a pattern. The more it happens, the more outrage there is. And it spreads like a bad game of “Telephone” where neither direct communication nor comprehension among all those affected can occur.

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    What a generous and compassionate community we have! One indication of this fact is the overwhelming response to our Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support.

  • SBIC grateful for donations

    To the editor:

    Praise God for the children who attended Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church of Shallotte. During their graduation ceremony, they collected 161 nonperishable food items to donate to the South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry.

    We also offer praises for the residents of Oyster Harbour who donated toilet paper and both men’s and women’s toiletry items. This is a wonderful blessing to our neighbors in need here in southern Brunswick County.

  • No ‘justice for all’ exists

    To the editor:

    I listened to FBI director James Comey give a damning and negative report on Hillary Clinton’s actions regarding emails. Then, at the conclusion, he did not recommend any charges. What?

    It seems even someone such as Comey can be corrupted by those in power. Even our pledge concludes with “and justice for all.” Blind justice in our society does not exist and we are beating our hollow chests in thinking so. Our judges are heavily influenced by votes, career influences and money.

  • Thank you for NC 4th of July Festival support

    To the editor:

    Thanks go out to the many NC 4th of July Festival volunteers who serve throughout the year to plan and coordinate various activities and events.

    Thanks also go to all corporate partners without whose financial support the festival could not be staged. A special thank you to the growing number of individual, family and small business patriots who responded to our call for support. To the Southport business community, a very special thank you for your cooperation, support and enthusiastic participation.

  • Submit common acreage information just once

    By Bobby R. Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers and ranchers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents for providers approved by the USDA Risk Management Agency also require these reports to ensure accuracy with your premiums and when you file claims.

    Yet for years, farmers and ranchers have entered the same basic common information from their acreage reports at these two different places.