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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The word on everyone’s mind in the North Carolina House last week was budget. Budget meetings occupied every waking moment. May 19 saw an all day House Appropriations meeting and May 21’s House session lasted all night and into Friday morning, May 22.

  • Pray for Nepal

    To the editor:

    The second of two major earthquakes in three weeks brought more death and destruction on Nepal. More than 8,000 people have died from the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes.

    Pray for the people of Nepal as they face the worst natural disaster to hit their nation in the last century. Pray for the recovery efforts, especially lifting up the rescue and relief workers who are in the region to bring aid.

  • Marine Fisheries proposals hurt state, local economy

    To the editor:

    I have been a Brunswick County resident and charter boat captain for more than 43 years. I ran my offshore/inshore fishing boat, the Sea Hawk III, until 2010. I would still be in that business if the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries had not started making such poor regulations. Now it is targeting flounder.

    This month I had four flounder trips when we caught 42 flounder, 29 of them keepers. Marine Fisheries is saying there are no flounder left, just like it said about sharks.

  • Time to vote out tax-raising commissioners

    To the editor:

    I read with dismay that our county government is considering whether to raise the property tax rate by almost 10 percent. If I had a raise of 10 percent, I would think I had struck gold! If the county can’t cut costs to avoid this rate increase then I think we are being duped. In tight financial times the rest of us have to adjust our spending accordingly, but the county seems to think it’s fine to just demand more of our money under the authority we gave it in the last election.

  • North Carolina is no longer retirement-friendly

    To the editor:

    I can give you a dozen reasons to retire to North Carolina. North Carolina was a retirement-friendly state — until now.

    Last year, it passed a law removing retirees’ $4,000 pension deduction from their income taxes, also removing medical deductions and raising the minimum tax.

  • The more things change, the more the best ones stay the same
  • No excuse for Sunset Beach tax increase

    To the editor:

    While I respect the right of the Sunset Beach town and town council to blow off the 4 percent of the population living below the poverty line and claim the rest of the town is wealthy enough to pay more taxes, I think they are missing the point. It is not the tax increase that’s really the issue — it is the reason for the increase.

  • Thank you for supporting CIS

    To the editor:

    It takes a generous person to offer time, concern and commitment to brighten the life of a child. Community volunteers contribute to and support many programs offered by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS was founded on the belief that “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.” The difference our volunteers make in the life of a child never goes unnoticed.