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Today's Opinions

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Budget

    Senate and House budget conferees met with Gov. Pat McCrory at the executive mansion Aug. 18 and agreed upon a total budget amount of $21.735 billion. Last week, the Legislature agreed to extend the continuing resolution until Aug. 31 in order to continue budget negotiations. The Senate will work through the weekend to meet this deadline.

    Transportation

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we sent a Medicaid reform bill to a conference committee to be renegotiated, we also sent a sales tax and economic incentives bill to conference, we finally approved the unemployment insurance reform bill and continued to wait on budget target amounts.

  • Beacon promotion offers smile versus discount

    To the editor:

    As one hapless victim of our country’s depressed economy, I am always on the alert for an extra good value when making purchases.

    When offered a deal involving no interest if paid off within five years, we usually take notice. But then we realize that we are required to make a payment each month in order to consummate this purchase. Where is the discount? A purchase of this type, of course, is made less frequently than most everyday buys.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance grateful for week’s events

    To the editor:

    It is appropriate to reflect on positive events and relationships that make your life better. For Brunswick Family Assistance, we had a busy but rewarding week. BFA was the designated charity at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans baseball game Aug. 14; the recognized charity at a special dinner event at Angelo’s Pizzeria and Bistro on Aug. 17; and then Aug. 19 at the Sunset Beach Concert Series. The week ended with a wonderful fundraising event, a 5K/15K run and one-mile walk on a beautiful Saturday morning, Aug. 22, through Sea Trail.

  • Column on heroin epidemic strikes nerve

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Sam Hickman, for the excellent column in last week’s edition on Brunswick County’s heroin epidemic.

    Two words spoken by my wife resulted in my getting involved with Brunswick Christian Recovery Center (BCRC) almost three years ago. I knew very little about substance abuse but felt I wanted to help. Pastor Larry Shreve, BCRC’s CEO and now a dear friend and mentor, said, “We’ve been waiting for you.”

  • Growing tourism, slowing summer into fall

    Back in January, I wrote about my Aunt Donna and Uncle Bob Czaplinski who came down to Sunset Beach for the first time to escape two of the worst winter months back in our hometown of Cleveland. I’m pleased to report they enjoyed their time in Brunswick County so much, they’ll return again come January.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.