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Today's Opinions

  • Pope wrongly accepts global warming as fact

    A widely accepted consensus of scientists holds that global warming is attributable in great measure to man-made activity.

    It appears Pope Francis has accepted this consensus as fact and because of it and other reasons, he proposed in his encyclical, Laudato Si, that mankind must accept and implement scriptural responsibility for God’s creation.

  • Many maybes for the lack of town park use

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council told you you wanted a park. So where are you?

    Other than the same folks sitting in their lawn chairs fishing, as they previously did when the site was in its natural setting, there has been hardly anyone ever there.

    Maybe you are upset at council for misinterpreting the park survey results and stuffing it with costly amenities you didn’t request. If you recall, the majority requested to save the live oak trees, nature trails, modest parking area and a restroom.

  • Make suicide prevention a national priority

    Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, and most suicides are a result of untreated mental illness.

    We know today that more research, advocacy and education can help prevent these needless deaths. Like so many others, I know about this personally, because in 2011 I lost my dad to suicide.

    For too long, suicide has been swept under the rug while families have been made to feel ashamed for losing a loved one to mental illness.

  • Good works are key to salvation

    To the editor:

  • Sunset Beach must address beach cabanas

    To the editor:

    With relatives in Calabash since the early ‘80s, we have been coming to Sunset Beach every year for 30 years. It’s a second home for us.

    We obviously have seen many changes over those years, good and bad, but the most egregious is the proliferation of commercial beach cabanas. An eyesore can be lived with, but when these are put up as early as 6 a.m. and not even used by many of the renters until 11 a.m. or later, they take up precious room on the beach, especially at high tide.

  • What I know about the Charleston shooting

    Last Wednesday night, I was checking in with some of my friends on Facebook when I saw posts indicating something bad had happened near Charleston, S.C. Many of my friends are former colleagues who still live and work in South Carolina, where I’d spent most of my career.

  • A lucky day in retirement land

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve had some great days since I retired three years ago, but this one is worth sharing.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, we passed a controversial bill on zoning and aesthetic control by towns and we voted to override the governor’s veto on the magistrates’ recusal bill.

    The weather in Raleigh got hotter as the days wore on. The debate in the House also heated up as the days wore on. We started the week with bills we all could agree on and finished with a shocking override vote.