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Today's Opinions

  • Matters of the heart weigh heavily on the mind

    It’s Sunday evening, and I’m watching the “Harry Potter” movie marathon on Freeform (they seem to air one at least once a month, but I’m not complaining) to take my mind off recent troubles near and far.

  • Thank you for N.C. Vietnam veterans wall

    To the editor:

    I write to congratulate Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum and AMVETS leader Bill Clark for their efforts to bring the N.C. Vietnam veterans wall to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    The memorial is a tribute to the 1,615 servicemen and -women from Brunswick County who died in the Vietnam War. It is on the front lawn of the courthouse, where it will remain through the end of the year.

    The wall was built here in Brunswick County by the AMVETS of America using cash donations, volunteer time and donated products.

  • Michigan turn will not make intersection safer for all

    To the editor:

    Recently, I was informed a Michigan turn would be installed at the crossroad of Thomasboro and Pea Landing on U.S. 17. The reason given was the number of accidents. It is my opinion this will not decrease the number of accidents.

    The proposed Michigan turn will force bicyclists who regularly cross U.S. 17 at Pea Landing and Thomasboro to make right-hand turns and travel on U.S. 17, then cross three lanes of traffic to enter the Michigan turn, then travel back on U.S. 17 to enter Thomasboro or Pea Landing.

  • Dredging opinion is based on facts

    To the editor:

    Stop the deception!

    Fact: The proposed Sunset Beach Dredging Project comprises nearly 15,000 feet of canals.

    Fact: The original grant application submitted to the state by Sunset Beach Town Council to fund the proposed dredging project stated that the project comprised “maintenance” dredging with no mention of dredging new areas.

    Fact: Nearly one-third of the proposed project is for never-before dredged canals.

    Fact: Council has yet to ask taxpayers if they are willing to pay to dredge this new area.

  • Does Jesus know you?

    To the editor:

  • President’s W.Va. visit smacks of ‘Smackdown’

    To the editor:

    President Trump recently revisited the friendly confines of West Virginia. It was very reminiscent of seeing him at WWE events beating down Vince McMahon a few years back, with his loyal fans bowing to him and shouting “lock her up.”

  • You decide: Should everyone have a basic income?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, recently caused a stir by throwing his support behind the idea of a guaranteed basic income. Just speaking to my neighbors, colleagues at work and friends at the gym, I’ve noticed he certainly has set off some passionate conversation about the merits or demerits of the idea.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last Thursday, Aug. 3, was the day the North Carolina House and Senate were called into special session twice. We were expecting to vote on overrides to four bills vetoed by the governor, but we found the override votes were delayed because of members not attending and we handled several other bills in one long day.