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Today's Opinions

  • A most memorable visit to Holden Beach

    By Anita Prater

    Guest Columnist

    My sister, Mary Gillum, and I have been visiting Holden Beach for many years with our families. This year’s trip will be the most memorable.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a final 2016-17 budget bill, we modified a major transportation bill, we saw two bills of local interest studied and we received more visitors from back home.

  • Remain vigilant for scams targeting military

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    American service members are on guard to protect our country, and we’re grateful for their service. Sadly, they also need to stay alert to avoid scams and bad deals that target military consumers.

    For example, military personnel were tricked into buying computers, gaming systems and other electronics at prices that were two to three times higher than what the items were actually worth.

  • Letter writers show bias against actions of council members

    To the editor:

    Recent letters castigate Sunset Beach Town Council and accuse members of improper decision-making. These are usually from the same group of people on one side or the other, often contain incorrect information and attempt to discredit positions contrary to theirs.

    Council contracted a study for dredging certain tributaries around Sunset Beach. The costs will eventually be borne by those most affected by any benefit derived from dredging in front of their homes.

  • Many are in need of our prayers now

    To the editor:

    With the Democratic and Republican Party conventions coming up, let us pray for the peace of Jehovah Shalom to reign supreme over these cities and other cities across our nation this summer and through the rest of the year.

  • As luck would have it

    My parents and I don’t always have specific plans when they come to see me here in Brunswick County, but none of their visits are complete unless I can see them off from Bagel Dock in Calabash the morning they plan to head home. My parents are bagel connoisseurs, and they swear the ones served by Carmine and Margaret Barbaro and their crew are among the best they’ve ever tasted.

  • Reflections on trip to Scotland, Ireland

    To the editor:

    My wife and I just returned from a two-week coach tour of Scotland and Ireland, a 2,000 mile trek along roads barely wide enough for two cars, let alone buses, winding among checkered meadowlands of grazing sheep and cattle, along locks and rivulets, between majestic mountains and the never-ending rolling hills of green.

  • Look around you

    To the editor:

    Driving through downtown Shallotte, the first thing that catches my eye is the magnificent display of flowers filling the boxes and baskets that line both sides of the street. Growing up in Shallotte, I felt the comfort and safety of my surroundings. My parents weren’t afraid for us to walk up and down a street or road anywhere in town. We even played in the street. We never dreamed or had reason to dream things were gonna change.