Today's Opinions

  • Funding of Alzheimer’s research is vital

    To the editor:

    I am writing this from the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum taking place in Washington, D.C.

    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers.

  • Policy won’t do much for America’s greatness

    To the editor:

    As defund and deconstruct domestic policy becomes clear, I doubt the outcomes will do much more for greatness than supply side did. But then I have argued for 30 years that we did not need to cut taxes and take a pledge to never raise them again, ramp up the military, deregulate the mortgage banks, open the border to free trade wages from China or claim the government was the problem three months into the plan to defund and deconstruct the New Deal in 1981, either.

  • Help sought for fire victim

    To the editor:
    I am writing about my son, Timothy Everhart, whose mobile home burned down recently.
    The fire burned the whole inside, all his clothes, shoes — everything he had. He had no insurance and is on disability. He has no money for cleanup or a used mobile home to live in.
    If anyone could help, we would be grateful.

    Pamela Everhart

  • Turn to Christ

    To the editor:

    Jesus willingly allowed himself to be crucified by a method of execution predicted in Isaiah 53:1-12. Crucifixion was often performed in order to terrorize and dissuade its witnesses from perpetrating particularly heinous crimes. Victims were left on display after death as warnings to others who might attempt dissent.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee opens doors to higher education

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    The campus community of Brunswick Community College extends a sincere thank-you to Brunswick County commissioners for their unanimous support of BCC in providing a postsecondary education to local high school graduates.

  • Recommended state health plan premium increase hurts government retirees in N.C.

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    The board of trustees for the state health plan has approved a 2018 benefit design change that imposes a $50 monthly premium for non-Medicare retirees enrolled in the 80/20 plan, a significant increase from the $15.04 per month they pay now.

    That’s $600 in premiums over the course of one year — more than a 330 percent increase on current annual payments.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we met almost every hour March 28 and 29 with committees and visitors, we worked on the budget early each morning and we passed a repeal and reset of the controversial House Bill 2.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I recall my late, paternal grandmother telling me how much she looked forward to the third Friday of each month. This was the day her husband — my grandfather — took her from their small farm into town. For all the other days of the month, my grandmother worked on the farm. She made her own bread, harvested and canned vegetables raised in the garden and even helped butcher, dress (remove unwanted parts and divide the kept parts) and cook the pork and poultry raised on their land.