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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • No matter how it’s reported, truth doesn’t have to make sense

    Mark Twain famously said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” I can’t help but guess whether he came up with this quote based on the newspaper experience had had in his storied career.

    I wonder what he would have thought of this doozy of a situation I dealt with the other week.

    I came to the office to find a message that a man came to the Beacon wanting to talk to a reporter. He’d left his phone number.

    Since all our reporters were on assignment, I took it upon myself to give him a call.

  • American Health Care Act hurts older Americans

    To the editor:

    The American Health Care Act, which is being debated in Congress, would mean higher prices, less coverage and billions in tax breaks for big drug and insurance companies. The legislation would increase costs, weaken Medicare (opening the door to vouchers) and make it harder for seniors to get the services they need to live independently as they age. And, it includes an “age tax,” a tax on the cost of health care for everyone 50 to 64 years old.

  • Neighborhood efforts deserve support, praise

    To the editor:

    I wanted to respond to Duane Lewis’ letter in the March 9 edition. While it is obvious he is passionate about his feelings toward Sunset Beach Town Council members, he also made some inflammatory remarks about the homeowners in Sunset Lakes.

    In no way does Mr. Lewis represent the HOA. Yes, he was the past chairman of the HOA, but he does not sit on the HOA board. Four of five streets were affected by the road blown out during Hurricane Matthew. The road Mr. Lewis lives on was not part of the affected neighborhood.

  • Defunding program doesn’t meet common good

    To the editor:

    The Trump administration released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal March 16, and we could use one.

    In the past, I’ve written about policies with bad outcomes. Today, I’d like to say a few words about what drives policies. Meals On Wheels brought this to mind.

  • Trump should set example

    To the editor:

    Dear President Trump, I am a registered Independent who supports your efforts to bring jobs back to America.

  • Endless caterwauling

    To the editor:

    The endless caterwauling over immigration that obsesses the dysfunctional media, sophomoric political pundits and many of both political parties can be dismissed by answering two questions: First, can morally justifiable reasons exist for excluding or ejecting some people from our country? Second, if there are, who has the right to make such decisions?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed tougher penalties for felony death by boating, we made changes to the selection of judges, we met with a coastal advocacy group and we continued to work on local bills.