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Today's Opinions

  • Get serious on climate change

    To the editor:

    The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey is a frightening look at our future if we do not take steps to mitigate and reverse climate change. Though these storms occur naturally, warmer waters can make them bigger, more intense and longer lasting.

    How many storms does it take before we measure rain in feet, rather than inches? How many more billions of tax dollars are we willing to devote to flood insurance? How many more lives are we willing to displace, or lose completely?

  • Put an end to price gouging

    To the editor:

    Don’t you often wonder what drives business corporations to take your money in unscrupulous ways? We all know too well the term “price gouging” and witness it even locally here in Brunswick County.

  • Money perverts reason in health care debate

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

    To the editor:

    Why is America the only wealthy country in the world without a universal health care system? The answer is because voters do not want to be known as “working-class” citizens. The average voter wants to be known as “middle class.” Even though they have not had a raise in pay in real dollars for 35 years or more, they will not succumb to being known as working class.

  • 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.