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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Why can’t we get the economy just right?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife is a great cook, and she makes fabulous varieties of soups. My favorite is her lentil soup. It’s both tasty and healthy!

    Sometimes my wife and I disagree over the temperature of the soup. Remember the Goldilocks’ saying about the soup not being too hot or too cold, but instead being just right? Well, my wife and I don’t see eye-to-eye over what is the “just right” temperature for soup, since she likes it hotter than me.

  • Opioid epidemic and spread of addiction crisis are akin to terrorism

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    We all worry hardcore terrorism may one day be normal in the U.S. Thankfully, the Department of Homeland Security has, thus far, kept it at bay. But are we really as safe as we think?

  • When duty calls for a whirlwind trip to the mountains

    My plan last Wednesday was to leave the office early that afternoon, then head to my parents’ house to spend the night before driving father down Interstate 40 the next day to Asheville for my first North Carolina Press Association meeting as a soon-to-be official member of the board. My term as president of the North Carolina Association of Community Newspapers begins next Tuesday, Aug. 1.

  • If you can’t stay close, at least stay cool

    You might think I’ve come to expect worst-case scenarios, having spent the better part of my journalism career covering crime and public safety. You’d be right. But I still hope for the best possible outcomes, especially when people report their loved ones missing.

    Although we have two missing persons cases to report in this week’s edition at the moment, it seems most of the Brunswick County folks whose families lose track of them are found safe before we go to press.

  • Waterfront Market offers a win-win situation

    To the editor:

    Regarding the letters published in the Aug. 13 about the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach: I am a vendor at the market and also an avid consumer of its offerings.

    In all my years as an artist, I have never seen a better quality and more fairly run production as this market. The team is communicative and friendly, but runs a very tight ship.

  • ‘The Ultimate Knowledge’

    To the editor:

    Science gives answers to the questions of man,

    But it’s only a fraction of God’s master plan.

    From first our corruption, and first our great fall,

    Our quest to be god-like has but made us small.

    Only a breath are we in our lives, till we call his name and his spirit arrives.

    Looking to answer the things we don’t know,

    We aimlessly study and run to and fro.

    The lessons God teaches that we seek the most,

    Will come to us only from his Holy Ghost.

  • Market situation needs correction

    To the editor:

    The town of Sunset Beach does not appear to have safeguards in place to protect the taxpayers’ interests from being used or abused for profit when town assets are involved.

  • Salvation is more important than alcohol

    To the editor:

    How important was it for people to have their alcohol with their breakfast? I do declare.

    What you all don’t realize that God is not pleased with the way some people think that having fun is so important, and I don’t mean just the alcohol.

    We need to put God first in our lives every day. Get saved. Let Jesus in your life.

    Having your fun from alcohol is not the only thing that can mess you up. Really, Jesus will give you a better quality of fun.

    Jean Garland

    Shallotte