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Today's Opinions

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.

  • Recovering from illness as flu season kicks off

    Hello again! I took last week off from column writing for two reasons:

    One, we had eight letters to the editor plus guest columns that left no space for my column.

    Two., I was still recovering from a mystery illness that robbed me of the previous weekend. My parents thought I sounded so sick, they alerted my kid brother to come down from Wilmington and take me to the nearest emergency room, believing I was too weak to put up a fight. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.

  • Thanks for best Sunset at Sunset yet

    Editor's note: Signer Jan Harris is a candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

    To the editor:

    Many thanks to all who made the Sunset at Sunset festival in Sunset Beach on Saturday, Oct. 7, such a wonderful affair. It takes a great deal of time, energy and dedication to organize such a large event, and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team (BEAT) wishes to commend organizer Karen Joseph, committees and volunteers for all their hard work.

  • ‘Reading About Bleeding’

    To the editor:

    Was watching TV and saw people stampeding,

    And on you by others, they had been bleeding.

    They did suffer so,

    More than we know

    Changes in all weapons laws we are needing.

    The Second Amendment regarding weapons was made in the 1700s. Fine. People had crossed muskets hanging over their fireplaces. You were authorized a rifle musket and a pistol musket with powder and 20 balls. Those weapons were all they needed.

  • Time for our country to take its medicine

    To the editor:

    The refrain being heard since the horrific event in Las Vegas is: “Something ought to be done! But what?”

    The answer I submit is so obvious that it is missed by many and unacceptable to others.

    We are witnesses to one of the worst decisions in American history. Since prayer and Bible reading in our schools were removed, disciplinary action is not for smoking or spitballs. It is for crimes such as assault and rape.