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Today's Opinions

  • Victory, at long last, after lifetime of loyalty

    Fifty-two years is how long my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, has been waiting for a champion. For some folks, it’s a lifetime.

    Until this past Sunday, Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fans, like my brother and me, have only been able to see winning teams through the eyes of our parents and grandparents.

  • Coming out for an end to hate

    It’s Sunday afternoon, and again I find myself trying to put into words how horrified, angry and sad I am about more violence committed against innocent people who were simply living their lives and not hurting anyone else.

    Almost a year ago, June 17, 2015, it was nine people slaughtered during a Bible study at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    This time, it’s 50 people dead and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in our nation’s modern history at Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando, Fla., on Latino night.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we did not concur with the Senate budget, we made adjustments to the ethics laws, we passed local bills on de-annexation and town charter changes and we greeted town officials from the county and around the state.

  • You decide: Is there occupational churning?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’m up to my neck in jobs. However, don’t contact me for a job; I don’t actually have any to hand out. Instead, I’ve been looking closely at jobs in North Carolina … what kinds they are and how they have been changing.

  • Sunset Beach dredging study benefits few

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council members at their last meeting voted 3-2 to provide $212,154 to study dredging Jinks Creek and the Bay area behind Canal Drive on Sunset Beach island. This would be paid for by every taxpayer in the town, including those who do not own waterfront property on Jinks Creek.

    The intent of this discussion was to provide a formal avenue to assess property owners on the man-made canals of Sunset Beach and St. Mary’s and Turtle Creek on the mainland a way to pay in yearly assessments the sums to dredge.

  • Sunset Beach property owner seeks sweet deal

    To the editor:

    I am writing to bid my fellow town of Sunset Beach taxpayers a fond farewell. Following the lead of Palm Cove developers, our family has asked Sen. Bill Rabon to sponsor a local bill de-annexing our house and lot from the corporate limits of Sunset Beach.

  • Frick columns don’t belong on sports pages

    To the editor:

    I am and always have been an avid fisherman.

    I am proud of the heritage that our rivers and waterways have provided the people of Brunswick County. That heritage is hundreds of years of a fishing and shellfish industry that has provided work and fed countless Brunswick County citizens. It is a major part of who we are in coastal Carolina.

  • Learn more about watercraft safety locally

    To the editor:

    Your editorial in the June 9 edition calling attention to watercraft safety is greatly appreciated. Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron (SRSPS), an affiliate of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), is dedicated to the education of recreational boaters for the safety and well-being of all boaters.