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Today's Opinions

  • God loves what he created in us

    To the editor:

    Is God living in you? If not, he wants to. God loves what he created, and he especially loves human beings because we are the most like him (Gen. 1:27). What could possibly cause us to not want God in our lives? It is our natural inclination.

  • Are we really that afraid?

    o the editor:

    I see President Trump has just signed a spending bill that will keep the government running for four months and cost $1 trillion; $15 billion will be for defense spending and $1.5 billion will go to border security. Are we that afraid? And they will guarantee $1.3 billion to preserve health benefits for 22,000 retired coal miners.

  • Ask me about my vacation scar

    During our last chat, right around Mother’s Day, I wrote about my dad and baseball.

    Because I believe in equal time, today I am writing about Mom, with a little more about baseball, but more about what she has had to put up with.

    The stories Mom gets included in, as you’ll soon find out, tend to end in bloodshed.

    Back in my not-so-Little League days, it was Mom who ran my sisters and me to all our practices and games.

  • Hundreds participate in Hands Across the Sand on county beaches

    Local residents, as well as vacationers, braved the midday sun to stand in support of clean beaches May 21. Four of the 11 North Carolina Hands Across the Sand events were held in Brunswick County.

    Participants stood in long lines for 15 minutes starting at noon at Sunset Beach (pictured), Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island. The largest gathering was at Sunset Beach, where almost 200 people formed a chain down the beach flanked by signs reading, “Protect Our Coast” and “No Drill NC.”

  • Hundreds participate in Hands Across the Sand on county beaches

    Local residents, as well as vacationers, braved the midday sun to stand in support of clean beaches May 21. Four of the 11 North Carolina Hands Across the Sand events were held in Brunswick County.

    Participants stood in long lines for 15 minutes starting at noon at Sunset Beach (pictured), Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island. The largest gathering was at Sunset Beach, where almost 200 people formed a chain down the beach flanked by signs reading, “Protect Our Coast” and “No Drill NC.”

  • Kindness is an invaluable lesson for local students

    Last Thursday morning, May 25, I had the privilege of participating in the morning assembly at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School celebrating the completion of another successful Pet Education Program (PEP) by three classes of fourth-graders.

    The program is offered through Paws-Ability, a nonprofit that raises funds for animal causes and advocates for the humane treatment of animals in Brunswick County.

  • Burr helps fight Alzheimer’s disease

    To the editor:

    This year, the annual cost of caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will reach $259 billion, $175 billion of which comes in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Yet in 2016, for every $100 the U.S. government spent on Alzheimer’s research, $16,000 was spent by Medicare and Medicaid to care for those living with the disease.

  • Why not seek Sunset Beach de-annexation?

    To the editor:

    Please inform me if I am wrong: Our appointed mayor of Sunset Beach, Robert Forrester, is soliciting support for anti-de-annexation legislation from Brunswick County mayors? Instead of offering reasons to stay connected to Sunset Beach, he rallies support to force annexed areas to stay put. Offering no reasons, like improved services, just a plea to the League of Municipalities’ mayors.