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Today's Opinions

  • U.S. cannot afford its own government

    To the editor:

    Thomas McGrath’s letter of Oct. 6 expressed concern about the national debt, while stating: “No one should vote for a politician who ... will not vote for adequate taxes.”

    McGrath left “adequate” undefined and omitted two significant facts: 45.3 percent of earners didn’t owe any federal income tax last year and 60 percent of all federal expenditures are “payments for individuals,” unauthorized by the Constitution of the United States.

  • Vote Mentzer for school board

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has been run for a number of years by Republicans.

    So how has the all-Republican board been doing? For the past several years they have sat by and watched hundreds of students a year drop out. Ask any sheriff what an extra 600 aimless, uneducated teenagers a year will mean for law enforcement over the next five or 10 years.

  • Fight opioid, heroin epidemic

    To the editor:

    I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic, along with this major drug, heroin.

    Everywhere I go, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction.

  • Cast ballot for Mentzer on school board

    To the editor:

    We write to support Marty Mentzer for Brunswick County Board of Education. We’ll go right to the bottom line first: She’s the neighbor we trusted with the key to our house — the neighbor you trust with your life in case of emergency.

  • Money spent on education isn’t wasteful

    To the editor:

    The letter by Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach published Oct. 13 on the school bond issue for Brunswick County intrigued me and I would like to respond.

    Schools have been and always will be our investment in our collective futures. It would seem plausible that all means available should be used to have the pertinent bond information out for public consumption, enabling the public to make an informed voting decision.

  • Local events offer chance to have fun, do good

    We already know the people of our county know how to present a fun, large-scale fall festival. If you didn’t, all you had to do was attend the 10th annual Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach or the 36th annual N.C. Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach earlier in October or the 37th annual Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach or the third annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ festival at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this past weekend to find out for yourself.

  • The truth about coal ash in N.C.

    Editor’s note: The writer was appointed chairman of the North Carolina Ports Authority board by McCrory in 2014.

    To the editor:

    Roy Cooper campaigns on being a crusader out to save North Carolinians from coal ash, but his record highlights how this is an opportunistic stance.

    In the first 14 years of his political career in the North Carolina Senate, including a stint as majority leader, Cooper never introduced or supported a single bill to regulate or clean up coal ash.

  • Out and about and ready for Halloween

    Every so often, when the spirit moves me, I like to take our newsroom meetings on the road if for no other reason than to get out of the office for a bit. Most of the time, we’ll meet over lunch at one of Brunswick County’s many excellent eateries to talk about coverage plans for the next edition and discuss projects we have in the works.