Today's Opinions

  • On Campus with BCC: Celebrating the college’s best day of the year

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Commencement ceremonies are community celebrations characterized by applause, whistles, hugs and flowers. Family, friends, teachers, and peers recognize milestone achievements of loved ones and honor outstanding accomplishments of select students, teachers and educational leaders.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we spent almost every waking hour on the 2017-19 state budget, we handled about 100 amendments to the budget and approved the House budget in the early hours Friday morning, June 2.

  • Thank you to program participants and organizers

    To the editor:

    Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte celebrated its Missions Program last week by recognizing children who have completed badge work throughout the year. Congratulations to our Children in Action and Mission Friends members who have worked hard learning and doing missions this year.

  • Real estate agent Damico was a godsend

    To the editor:

    I just wanted to let you know about me trying to sell my house on my own. Well, that didn’t work!

    Amazingly, a lady called me and told me that she would love to list my home. Her name was Lisa Damico from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. I know God sent her because she listened to everything I had to say and what I wanted and needed.

    Well, guess what? She sold my home in six weeks and helped me get settled in my new tiny house.

  • Words matter

    To the editor:

    The last stunt of a comedian holding up a mask of President Trump appearing to have been beheaded was the last straw for me. I don’t know of any president/politician being so disrespected. I did not approve of President Obama and most of what he did as president. Believe me, I did express my dissatisfaction with him and the Democrats, but never did I do anything so vile.

  • Thanks to all who honored the Millikens

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Milliken family, we would like to publicly thank the town of Shallotte for the great recognition they gave to our parents, Alton and E.B. Milliken.

    The proclamation and the use of their beautiful Mulberry Park were truly special.

    Special thanks to Terry Willetts for his leadership in making this celebration a success. Thanks also to the hundreds of residents of Shallotte and Brunswick County who came out for this grand occasion.

    Al and Jamie Milliken


  • Temperament can be riskier than ideology

    To the editor:

    It usually takes centuries to build an empire or a great nation; however, many nationalist leaders have proved a national government can be destroyed in eight years or less.

    Temperament can be more dangerous, in my mind, than powerful ideologies.

    Together, they can become a cautionary tale for a free people who have stopped compromising.

    Tom McGrath

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Officials learn nothing from environmental mistakes in N.C.

    To the editor:

    Recently, The (Wilmington) StarNews ran a report, “Silent No More,” about those serving at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987. Up to a million people “drank, washed, swam and cleaned their dishes and clothes in water tainted with a toxic stew of chemicals and contaminants.”

    As I read each victim’s story, my heart ached. Acknowledgment and compensation came way too late. It cannot make up for the loss of life and chronic illnesses these families have experienced over the decades.