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Today's Opinions

  • On Campus with BCC: The Firebirds of Brunswick County Early College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Secanda Seifred, counselor to the Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) Firebirds, shares a bit of the history of the Early College High School (ECHS) and the personal reward she has experienced as one of the founders of this North Carolina STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) School of Distinction.

  • Town’s response to gun theft both shocking and offensive

    To the editor:

    It’s hard to imagine which was more shocking and offensive to the citizens of Sunset Beach: acting Police Chief Joe Smith carelessly allowing four guns to be stolen from a town-owned vehicle or Town Administrator Susan Parker failing to inform the town council and mayor about this incident until weeks later.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had sessions on the House floor four days, read in bills but took no votes, and had our first group of House pages on duty.

  • State should deny Leland operating room applications

    By Thomas R. Siemers

    Guest Columnist

    You may know the state held a Certificate of Need public hearing on Jan. 20 at Brunswick Community College.

    As background, the State Medical Facilities Plan determined Brunswick County is entitled to another 0.37 operating room based on Brunswick County’s projected growth of 11.03 percent over the next four years.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The first week of the 2017 General Assembly began last Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon. The first full week will began Monday, Jan. 30. Last week we received our committee assignments and our gavels for the committees we will chair, saw several important bills filed and had a chance to sponsor or cosponsor several bills.

  • You decide: Do economists ever agree about the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Economists have a reputation for being disagreeable.

    By this, I don’t mean they have unlikeable personalities. Instead, I mean the public perception is that economists rarely agree among themselves about the economy. Some have argued an individual economist even has trouble agreeing with her or himself!

  • Kennel gift rewards bad dog owner

    To the editor:

    There are hundreds of dogs tethered in Brunswick County who need a great kennel like the one recently provided by an anonymous donor for a dog in Ocean Isle Beach. This act removed the dog from the muddy, feces-covered space she lived in but it brings up many questions:

  • Why block Jaguar’s Lair properties to residents?

    To the editor:

    I am a winter resident (past six years) for three months every year and have been using the Jaguar’s Lair golf course along with many other locals as a place to walk our dogs.

    The Ocean Ridge Master Association recently erected cables across the road access, which prevent access to the area favored by the walkers.