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Today's Opinions

  • Protest possible insurance hike

    To the editor:

    I am absolutely not in favor of increasing homeowner insurance rates for wind and hail policies in the county.

    We went through this drill when Wayne Goodwin was commissioner, and it is obvious the insurance companies wish to pick on the recently elected “rookie” commissioner in a big way.

  • Don’t get taken during season of giving

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how North Carolinians’ generosity extends beyond their own families to reach neighbors in need. However, there are some who view the holidays not as a time of giving but as a time for taking — taking advantage of your generosity and taking your hard-earned money. Whether you are paying for gifts or donating to charity, taking a few precautions could save you from scam artists’ holiday tricks.

  • Sea level rise and why it matters to Brunswick County

    By Dr. Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    What do Harvey, Irma and Maria have in common? They are severe weather events that occurred in 2017 that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. We have experienced an increase in severe hurricanes, flooding and wildfires as predicted by scientists because of the increased warming of the planet. People, we are part of the problem!

  • Kindness may be the easiest gift to give

    Our friends at Paws-Ability honored me again by asking me to judge the essays students wrote upon completion of the Pet Education Program, this time at Supply Elementary School. More than 100 fourth-graders from five classes penned essays detailing what they learned and enjoyed most about the program.

    What I enjoyed most was reading each one of them. Some were extra creative and several were touching. I had a difficult time choosing the winners.

  • Keep Cumbee Road safe, clean

    To the editor:

    I was thrilled when Cumbee Road was finally paved all the way. It has allowed easier access to making a left turn on U.S. 17 and I’m sure others are enjoying that as well. Many potholes have suddenly appeared on the upper section of Cumbee with the increased traffic. A few of these potholes are severe enough to damage a car, especially with the high speed many are traveling.

  • Republicans’ endorsement of Moore is repugnant

    To the editor:

    The preamble of the Republican National Committee mission reads as follows: “Be it resolved, that the Republican Party is the party of the open door. Ours is the party of liberty, the party of equality, of opportunity for all, and favoritism for none.”

  • Old Man Winter creeps in on our fall

    My family reported there was more snow on the ground at my parents’ house up in the Triad than there was at my godmother’s house outside my native Cleveland, Ohio, this past weekend. That’s unheard of — especially in December.

    Mom and Dad even remarked that it was too early for snow in their neck of the woods. They get snow in their part of the Tar Heel state maybe once or twice a year, usually in January or February. Their local meteorologist, Van Denton, confirmed this, saying it was seven years since the area last saw snow in December.

  • You decide: Can good behavior sometimes cost you more?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s an old saying stating, “No good deed goes unpunished.” I was reminded of it during a recent radio call-in program where I was the guest. The topic was the conservation of resources, like water or electricity, something that is encouraged and applauded.