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Today's Opinions

  • Congress members fail to respond

    To the editor:

    I recently got fed up for the fact that Medicare payments went up 23 percent. My care has not improved, so I wrote emails to U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, and also my federal representative. I was requesting a simple explanation for the sharp increase in my cost. I have heard no response to my request.

  • Protect our state’s shores

    To the editor:

    Despite a 3-2 decision to rescind the July 2015 resolution allowing offshore oil and natural gas drilling, Brunswick County commissioners only deferred a more lasting resolution for 30 days. During this time, they are required to review a number of reference sites they were provided during the meeting by county staff.

    More than 200 advocates opposed to offshore drilling anywhere in our state rallied in front of county offices before the meeting began. They packed the meeting room to emphasize the importance of this issue to the commissioners.

  • Thanks to our public servants

    To the editor:

    I would like to recognize two public servants with whom I was blessed to come in contact with recently.

    First, Jeffery Bell, an Ocean Isle Beach policeman, came to my front door to tell me that my sprinkler backflow valve had been frozen and with the warmer temperatures had broken. Our next-door neighbors’ had done the same thing. He proceeded to wade through the puddles and turn both systems off to prevent any further damage. I am both blessed and proud to have him as a neighbor.

  • Protect our environment

    To the editor:

    Many Democrats took a stand with other groups against offshore drilling and Brunswick County commissioners listened.

    We also are fighting for clean water against The Chemours Co.’s GenX and House Bill 189 that calls for more study.

    Please join us in the fight to protect our environment.

    M. Denise Donnelly

    Supply Precinct chairwoman

  • Will there ever be heaven on earth?

    To the editor:

  • New year is finally in gear with local events

    This, to me, is when the new year really begins in Brunswick County — not Jan. 1, when we’re still recovering from the holidays.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 16, was the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting to kick off its plans for the year, an event preceded by the annual chairman’s awards gala Jan. 8. As a member of the chamber’s board of directors, I attended both.

  • Another warning about the ‘s’ word

    Here we go again — or not: A weather

    update I received over the weekend from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington warned of the possibility of snow returning to Brunswick County this week.

  • Court to rule on gerrymandering

    To the editor:

    In 2018, gerrymandering will be ruled legal or not under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch reminded the court concerning states’ rights and representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Actually, the interest of each state is assured in the U.S. Senate made up of two senators per state. Their districts cannot be gerrymandered.