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Today's Opinions

  • Fight opioid, heroin epidemic

    To the editor:

    I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic, along with this major drug, heroin.

    Everywhere I go, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction.

  • Cast ballot for Mentzer on school board

    To the editor:

    We write to support Marty Mentzer for Brunswick County Board of Education. We’ll go right to the bottom line first: She’s the neighbor we trusted with the key to our house — the neighbor you trust with your life in case of emergency.

  • Money spent on education isn’t wasteful

    To the editor:

    The letter by Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach published Oct. 13 on the school bond issue for Brunswick County intrigued me and I would like to respond.

    Schools have been and always will be our investment in our collective futures. It would seem plausible that all means available should be used to have the pertinent bond information out for public consumption, enabling the public to make an informed voting decision.

  • Local events offer chance to have fun, do good

    We already know the people of our county know how to present a fun, large-scale fall festival. If you didn’t, all you had to do was attend the 10th annual Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach or the 36th annual N.C. Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach earlier in October or the 37th annual Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach or the third annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ festival at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this past weekend to find out for yourself.

  • The truth about coal ash in N.C.

    Editor’s note: The writer was appointed chairman of the North Carolina Ports Authority board by McCrory in 2014.

    To the editor:

    Roy Cooper campaigns on being a crusader out to save North Carolinians from coal ash, but his record highlights how this is an opportunistic stance.

    In the first 14 years of his political career in the North Carolina Senate, including a stint as majority leader, Cooper never introduced or supported a single bill to regulate or clean up coal ash.

  • Out and about and ready for Halloween

    Every so often, when the spirit moves me, I like to take our newsroom meetings on the road if for no other reason than to get out of the office for a bit. Most of the time, we’ll meet over lunch at one of Brunswick County’s many excellent eateries to talk about coverage plans for the next edition and discuss projects we have in the works.

  • The 84-word question

    By Bud Thorsen

    Guest Columnist

    Early voting has started in our county and the future of our school system is literally a checkmark away. The school bond question is on the last page of the ballot. It is an 84-word question. It is long and complicated but meets all of the legal requirements necessary to appear on the ballot.

    As a life-long Brunswick County resident and long-time member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, I have been thinking about our future and what this bond question is really asking the citizens of our great county.

  • Message on Holden Beach business sign is all too clear

    To the editor:

    I am a member of an extended family who has been vacationing at Holden Beach since 1971. This annual event is now made up of more than 30 members and we often stay two or more weeks, sometimes requiring the rental of four to five houses. We love it there and obviously over the years have made a substantial economic impact.