Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Are we asking too much of the Fed?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The Federal Reserve — for short, the Fed — is again front and center in the news. With the economy improving and the stock market soaring, the Fed is expected to increase short-term interest rates several times in 2017.

    Yet the Fed and its policies have not been held in high regard by many. Some say the Fed has been trying to do too much. Indeed, some even say the Fed’s policies have been harmful. Let me try to explain and then let you decide.

  • Why dredge Jinks Creek?

    To the editor:

    Jinks Creek is a never dredged, natural, tidal marsh creek. In 1969, Mannon Gore dredged and moved Tubbs Inlet. Using the spoils from the tip of south Jinks Creek and Eastern Channel, dumping those spoils into the virgin, tidal marsh created Riverside Drive.

  • Possible Russian interference warrants probe

    To the editor:

    I am a two-year resident of North Carolina and a lifetime resident and citizen of the United States. I care deeply about my country and the people in it, and it is for this reason that I have grave concerns regarding any possible Russian interference with our country, government and elections.

  • Applause for Seaside Friends in Concert II

    To the editor:

    On Sunday evening, I was privileged to attend Seaside Friends in Concert II at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

    The concert featured four very consummate sopranos from North Carolina: Catherine Kelly, Sallie Hedrick Bowman, Jennifer Hudson-Santos and Linda Ladrick. They were accompanied by Kathryn Parker, minister of music at Seaside.

  • ACA repeal would have dire effects

    To the editor:

    Repealing the Affordable Care Act will have wide-ranging and destructive consequences, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.

    After Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, and subsidies are eliminated, an additional 32 million would be uninsured by 2026; premiums would rise and double by 2026, above what they would be under the ACA.

  • Spring is the perfect time to get reacquainted with our wildlife

    My favorite season is fall, but since I’ve lived here in Brunswick County, spring has become a close second.

    Spring’s arrival a week after my birthday and on my Grandma Torok’s birthday means the cold weather is gone until next fall, my car is getting coated with yellow-green pollen and my cats begin the seasonal shedding of their winter coats.


  • My Michigan turn tutorial

    I understand from my colleague Laura Lewis that construction in the south end of Brunswick County is almost complete on a new set of Michigan turns.

    So to the Sunset Beach, Calabash and Carolina Shores crowds joining the fraternity of drivers not allowed to make a left turn onto U.S. 17 without making a right turn and driving the wrong way first, I want to be the first to publicly welcome you to slot track racing.

    Covering the northern end of Brunswick County gives me lots of opportunities to slingshot around the Michigan turns in that area.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we heard the State of the State address from Gov. Roy Cooper, we introduced and passed several important education bills, and we introduced more local bills for Brunswick County.