Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Where will we live?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Less than 50 years ago in 1970, North Carolina was still a rural state. More than half (54 percent) of the state’s residents lived in rural areas. In fact, at that time, only five states — Vermont, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota and Mississippi — had a higher percentage of their population living in rural counties.

  • Trump already succumbs to mainstream

    To the editor:

    President-elect Trump will begin to assemble his administration. He is already selecting Washington insiders to assist in the transition. He is succumbing to their influence and will become insulated by advisers and staffers from the Bush administration and K Street Republican lobbyists.

    And guess what, folks? His agendas will evolve into the moderate mainstream policies we’ve all seen before. He has all ready discussed stripping Social Security with Paul Ryan and leaving parts of the Affordable Care Act intact.

  • CIS gives thanks for volunteers

    To the editor:

    It takes a special person to give their time and commitment to enhance the life of a child. Community volunteers contribute to and support many programs offered by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS). CIS volunteers, through our multi-tiered interventions, surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS was founded on the belief “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.” The difference our volunteers make in the life of a child never goes unnoticed.

  • Obamacare is unaffordable

    Bill Clinton was right when he said Obamacare is the craziest thing in the world.

    In 2013, the year before you had to enroll in Obamacare, my medical premiums were $201.96 per month and my deductible was $5,000 per year through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina.

    For 2017, the premiums will be $814.57 with a deductible of $7,150. This is for the lowest priced plan that is offered. So, in four years, my premium has increased $612.54 per month (303.3 percent) and my deductible has increased $2,150 per year (43 percent).

  • Veterans Day

    To the editor:

    What I think about this Veterans Day,

    Is how many ways we all will pray.

    Freedoms still do have to enjoy.

    Honor those overseas who did deploy,

    While at home on my pillow I lay.

    James Thomas Horn


  • An open letter to President-elect Trump

    To the editor:

    Mr. President-elect: I am extremely positive and thankful you have been given the honor and opportunity to serve this great nation. You have listened to the heart of America and have promised to serve “the people, all of the people, above all else.”

    This will be the greatest test of your leadership skills of your entire lifetime. We have had some great presidents over the lifetime of this republic. You now have a chance to stand as tall as any previous president, if you remain focused on your promises to America.

  • Thank you to ceremony attendees and our veterans

    To the editor:

    On behalf of all members of the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans, we would like to thank the many people of Sunset Beach who helped make our Veterans Day Ceremony a success.

  • An extraordinary experience, courtesy of kind readers

    Since my last column, some of the sting from this year’s World Series has abated. The series went to seven games and ended in defeat at Cleveland for my beloved Cleveland Indians. It pitted my team, now heading into its 69th year without a title, against the Chicago Cubs, whose 108-year drought finally ended. Before the series ended, they were the two Major League Baseball franchises with the longest championship droughts.