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Today's Opinions

  • Frustration and relief: A tale of two community news items

    The message on my office voice mail was pleasant enough. It was from a woman who called to say, in effect, “I dropped off news about an event last week and didn’t see it in this week’s edition. Can you call me back about this?”

    I looked for the item before calling her back and, sure enough, it didn’t get in.

  • Sent via my Samsung Galaxy Note® 4 smartphone

    The robots haven’t taken over news reporting just yet, but I’m trying to put them to work in the meantime.

    In my attempt to keep up with technology IHOP (I bought) a phone app with a speech to text program so I can write my column hands-free.

    I decided (to) type it in so to speak using just the sound of my voice but even that takes some cleaning up.

  • Thank you for 9/11 event participation and protection

    To the editor:

    I offer my sincere thanks to all the fine people who took part in the 911 memorial service Sunday, Sept. 11, including VFW of Calabash, American Legion 503, American Legion Auxiliary, Calabash Elks, Calabash Elks bingo players, Calabash Lions and Shallotte Elks, and a special thanks to the Shallotte Police Department for looking out for our safety.

    Vito Ramaglia,

    event coordinator

    Sunset Beach

  • BFA warrants continued support from community

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance received unfavorable publicity recently arising from the abrupt departure of its newly hired executive director.

  • Seek God’s guidance when voting

    To the editor:

    In a paradox of power, we saw God at work Sept. 14.

    As Donald Trump stood speaking to the people of Flint, Mich., boasting and launching another vicious attack on Hillary Clinton, the Rev. Faith Green Timmons, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church, approached him at the podium with gentle respect, firmly reminding him of his purpose and carefully reining him in. The Rev. Timmons is the only person yet to have the courage and the spiritual confidence to set limits on the mighty Donald Trump, the man who seems to believe he himself is God!

  • Thank you for supporting Casino Night for Charity

    To the editor:

  • Credit McCrory for state’s economy

    To the editor:

    I rarely agree with Vice President Joe Biden, but he was right when he came to North Carolina this week and highlighted the improving economy in the state.

    The latest analytics have North Carolina as one of the top five states to do business, and our tax climate has jumped from an abysmal 44th to a much more respectable 15th. While the national recovery is still considered one of the worst in history, all of this positive growth in North Carolina has occurred under Gov. Pat McCrory.

  • You decide: How does the ‘iron law of real estate’ impact us?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Almost 40 years ago, my wife and I bought our first home. As a wet-behind-the-ears Ph.D. economist, I wanted to impress my wife with my knowledge of real estate by stating the “iron law of real estate.”

    I confidently explained the “law” to her this way. “With a limited budget, people who value space, like square footage, over accessibility to work, shopping and other amenities, buy a home farther out.