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Today's Opinions

  • Obsessions contradict common sense

    To the editor:

    A child often senses that the world in which we live follows an orderly and predictable direction. His intuitive recognition of this inclusive phenomenon will often express itself in a quizzical question, like, “Why is the sky blue?”

  • Public safety and humane treatment of animals

    To the editor:

    At first glance it might not always seem like a malicious act to keep a dog tethered outside. Unfortunately, keeping dogs this way is bad for dogs.

    Yet, when the facts about tethering were presented at the Aug. 21 Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting, commissioners seemed unconcerned. The petitions circulated recently in Brunswick County quickly gathered more than 4,000 signatures of concerned citizens who want to ban tethering.

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  • Disasters both near and far highlight constant needs

    Tragedies have dominated the news as summer draws to a close.

    We mourn Edward Michael Mylod and his teenage son, Casey Mylod, who died in a fire at their Oak Island home Aug. 24. We share collective dismay that the Coast Guard had to call off its search for Steve Chaney and David Hambrick, cousins who went missing Aug. 27 while fishing off the coast of Oak Island.

  • Start of school year brings increase in CIS volunteer needs

    By Todd Beane

    Guest Columnist

    The 2017-18 academic year officially began Aug. 28 and everyone in the educational system, from staff to students to administrators, is excited for the journey and adventure of a new school year.

    Stretching from late August to early June, there may be times when the journey feels never-ending as both obstacles and achievements are encountered, but every person in every role shares the same goal of students finishing the journey smarter and stronger than when they started.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    We in the North Carolina General Assembly convened in regular sessions Thursday, Aug. 24. Much activity was going on outside these sessions. I was able to attend meetings back here in the district on tourism and on Teacher of the Year for Brunswick County, we held the first meeting of the Environmental Review Commission in Wilmington and we convened in Raleigh for veto overrides and new legislative districts.

  • Sounds, stress and trying to tune out the noise

    Once, when I lived in Ehringhaus on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, I got in some trouble when I slept through a fire alarm.

    Thankfully, there was no fire. But my resident adviser and a few of the firefighters who responded couldn’t understand why it took so long for the shrill screeching coming directly from outside my dorm room door to rouse me. They thought maybe I was under the influence, but no. It’s just that when I’m good and tired, I can sleep through just about any loudness.

  • It is time to change county tethering laws

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County commissioners heard a proposal Aug. 21 to ban tethering dogs in Brunswick County.

    Speakers included a local veterinarian and others who provided factual evidence outlining the benefits of such an ordinance, which has been passed in more than 20 counties in North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S.

  • Thank you for help in time of family’s grief

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 13, 2017, my brother Charles Reeves passed away after losing his battle with cancer and heart disease.

    I really miss him, but am so thankful he was ready to meet Jesus. There are several folks I want to thank for the help that made his last days more comfortable.

    The first person I want to thank is my sister, Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. She kept my brother in her home for more than two months and lovingly took care of him: cooking for him, praying for him, making his last few months of life a time of dignity and peace.