Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for supporting PEP

    To the editor:

    On behalf of Paws-Ability’s Pet Education Program (PEP), I would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors who helped to make this program possible.

    Sheriff John Ingram, First Bank, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. and the Shallotte Rotary Club sponsored the startup of this program and allowed us to enter elementary schools in 2015 and 2016. Ed Hartnett of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club funded the program for Waccamaw School in 2016.

  • Repeal Obamacare

    To the editor:

    The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was never affordable!

    Plans in Georgia, on average, have increased 32 percent for 2017. In Arizona, 116 percent, and right here in North Carolina, we are poised for a 24 percent rate hike.

    Despite Obama’s promises, my personal plan was cancelled at an affordable $450 a month when Obamacare was implemented.

  • End animal neglect, cruelty in our state

    To the editor:

    The controversial issue of puppy and kitten mills and animal neglect in our state has been an ongoing item of debate for more than 10 years. In that amount of time, hundreds of puppies, kittens, cats and dogs have died from neglect, disease and exposure to the elements. Numerous bills have been presented to both the House and Senate with little result. While these bills have been passed from committee to committee in Raleigh over the years, defenseless animals have continued to die.

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 16

    Larceny by employee at Planet Fun by allowing access to bowling lanes without paying.

    Dec. 21

    Simple physical assault by spitting on the victim.

  • A New Year, new opportunities for our retirees

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    As we head into 2017, we are reminded of the promise of a new year in which we hope to see the spirit of collaboration across party lines, regardless of the issues to be faced.

  • You decide: What should be North Carolina’s economic agenda?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    A new year is always a good time to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going. Each year, I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’ve given up on growing hair!

  • When did we take Christ out of Christmas?

    To the editor:

    I, for one, would like to see more about the birth of our savior than what the stores have on sale on Black Friday, which now extends to a whole week. Have we forgotten our savior in favor of the almighty dollar?

    It seems many churches have abandoned the nativity pageant in favor of a cantata. Though I love the music, I miss the little angels singing “Away in a Manger.” I even miss the older folks filling in when there are so few children.