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Today's Opinions

  • Brunswick County’s pets deserve to have safe homes, too

    After more than four years of putting it off, I finally visited Cat Tails, a feline-only rescue and shelter in Ocean Isle Beach on Sunday. I’d avoided it for so long because when it comes to kitties who need a home, I want to offer mine to them — all of them. That’s how all six of my cats made me their mom.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a one-day session with committee meetings and votes on the class size bill, we had movement in the Senate on the GenX/Emerging contaminants bill, and I was able to attend some meetings in the district.

    On Feb. 5 we were informed we would be in Raleigh the night of Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 for voting sessions. This changed several times, but I still went to Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon, although no votes were actually held that night.

  • On Campus with BCC: Why choose online learning?

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College deans, directors and program chairs use valuable advice from program advisory committees — made up of individuals from businesses, industries and transfer institutions — to make applicable changes to curriculum course offerings and/or in course delivery methods.

  • Thank our firefighters and first responders for service

    By Mike Causey

    Guest Columnist

    While attending the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs mid-winter conference, I had the opportunity to talk with fire chiefs from all areas of North Carolina. They told me about the stress many firefighters have been under during the first few weeks of 2018.

    The reason: The cold weather we experienced during the first month of the year — the frigid weather in many parts of the state — triggered an extraordinary number of fires and fire calls.

  • You decide: Will the new tax law’s inflation measure cost you?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The new federal income tax law is chock full of changes, alterations and adjustments that are keeping taxpayers, accountants and economists spending hours trying to understand it. It appears almost nothing has remained the same.

  • Words make a difference — and so do blueberry biscuits

    By Les Weintraub

    Guest Columnist

  • Living wage is real issue in global economy

    To the editor:

    Health care and retirement are examples of expensive national needs most cannot self-fund and are viewed differently by our two major political parties.

    One group likes economic issues solved through capitalism. Capitalism funds most things for more people than any other economic system. But none anticipated who would pay for health care or retirement at our founding, let alone how much wealth America would one day produce or how expensive these costs would become.

  • Betting on offshore drilling

    To the editor:

    The thought of federal revenue sharing fueling substantial additional county revenues is apparently an irresistible “opportunity” for Brunswick County commissioners Marty Cooke and Pat Sykes. The history of oil and gas rigs leaking, burning and exploding, or of their transports crashing, running ashore or sinking are industry facts too easily discounted by these commissioners.