Today's Opinions

  • The 84-word question

    By Bud Thorsen

    Guest Columnist

    Early voting has started in our county and the future of our school system is literally a checkmark away. The school bond question is on the last page of the ballot. It is an 84-word question. It is long and complicated but meets all of the legal requirements necessary to appear on the ballot.

    As a life-long Brunswick County resident and long-time member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, I have been thinking about our future and what this bond question is really asking the citizens of our great county.

  • Message on Holden Beach business sign is all too clear

    To the editor:

    I am a member of an extended family who has been vacationing at Holden Beach since 1971. This annual event is now made up of more than 30 members and we often stay two or more weeks, sometimes requiring the rental of four to five houses. We love it there and obviously over the years have made a substantial economic impact.

  • Recognize drug addiction as an illness

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Brunswick County Board of Commissioners candidate for district 5.

    To the editor:

    The question I keep asking myself is how much worse does it have to get before we start to change our approach? Currently, Wilmington is ranked as the No. 1 area in the U.S. for opiate abuse, according to a study published in mid-2016. This study, which compiled statistics for analysis, estimated 11.6 percent of the population in this region is classified as an opiate abuser.

  • Only hope is with the Lord

    To the editor:

    Last October we were flooded. We are still working on getting back to normal. When Hurricane Matthew hit, I prayed for all our neighbors here in Carolina Shores who endured the hardships of this latest flooding. The stormwater came very close again but thank God, we did not flood this time.

  • Life is what is worth dying for

    To the editor:

    The Bible teaches that the greatest love one can give is our own life for another. God knows our babies before we know them. That teaching is embedded in our very culture, except at pre-birth.

  • Ends justify the means

    To the editor:

    Ends justify the means. Objective values and principles do not exist. What is good and acceptable today, the same is bad and unacceptable tomorrow. For Hillary Clinton, as with the Obama regime, nothing is moral or immoral. There is only the amoral.

  • Pray for victims of Matthew

    To the editor:

    Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, ripped through Haiti and then the southeastern states.

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated because of the devastating flooding in North Carolina. People all across the South have much damage.

    Pray now for churches to arise and recovery efforts to move forward. Bind the spirit of further destruction and pray blessing, protection, peace and healing for all that have been affected.

  • Community members show generosity again

    To the editor:

    Last Thursday, Richard and Gail Eury called me saying they felt compelled to help the victims of flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

    They, Kevin and Tracey Hickman, my wife Shawnna and I started getting the wheels turning. I called and got permission from the town of Shallotte to use Rourk Gardens for a setup area, with Dawn Ashton making fliers, posting on Facebook and helping Deb Knox collect goods from WT Cox Information Services.