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Today's Opinions

  • Fund our Teen Court now and in the future

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County Teen Court is a program that should be fully funded now and in the future.

  • Holden Beach must address its traffic and road problems

    To the editor:

    I am a Holden Beach property owner and do not look forward to the summer traffic, especially on Saturdays (as that is change day for house rentals) and Independence Day week. I say wake up Holden Beach and consider putting in two traffic circles: one at Exxon, Walgreens, Wings and The Barn and the second one at the end of the bridge. These are two of the places that traffic backs up, especially when going across the bridge. Traffic circles allow for traffic to continue to flow and not back up for miles. Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach have them.

  • Shame on Sunset Beach for parking ordinance

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council has sunk to an all-time low. My family has been coming to Sunset since 1980. We enjoy the quietness and simplicity, but it seems town council intends to eradicate any and all vacationers and visitors. We own a home and property within town limits.

    On May 24, we drove to the beach and parked on Main Street at 9:55 a.m. We were very careful to parallel park and double-checked to make sure our tires were off the pavement. There were no cars in front or behind us and no cars beside us. We stayed on the beach until 1:50 p.m.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.

    Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing — at least that’s my opinion. Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The word on everyone’s mind in the North Carolina House last week was budget. Budget meetings occupied every waking moment. May 19 saw an all day House Appropriations meeting and May 21’s House session lasted all night and into Friday morning, May 22.

  • Pray for Nepal

    To the editor:

    The second of two major earthquakes in three weeks brought more death and destruction on Nepal. More than 8,000 people have died from the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes.

    Pray for the people of Nepal as they face the worst natural disaster to hit their nation in the last century. Pray for the recovery efforts, especially lifting up the rescue and relief workers who are in the region to bring aid.

  • Marine Fisheries proposals hurt state, local economy

    To the editor:

    I have been a Brunswick County resident and charter boat captain for more than 43 years. I ran my offshore/inshore fishing boat, the Sea Hawk III, until 2010. I would still be in that business if the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries had not started making such poor regulations. Now it is targeting flounder.

    This month I had four flounder trips when we caught 42 flounder, 29 of them keepers. Marine Fisheries is saying there are no flounder left, just like it said about sharks.

  • Time to vote out tax-raising commissioners

    To the editor:

    I read with dismay that our county government is considering whether to raise the property tax rate by almost 10 percent. If I had a raise of 10 percent, I would think I had struck gold! If the county can’t cut costs to avoid this rate increase then I think we are being duped. In tight financial times the rest of us have to adjust our spending accordingly, but the county seems to think it’s fine to just demand more of our money under the authority we gave it in the last election.