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Today's Opinions

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee opens doors to higher education

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    The campus community of Brunswick Community College extends a sincere thank-you to Brunswick County commissioners for their unanimous support of BCC in providing a postsecondary education to local high school graduates.

  • Recommended state health plan premium increase hurts government retirees in N.C.

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    The board of trustees for the state health plan has approved a 2018 benefit design change that imposes a $50 monthly premium for non-Medicare retirees enrolled in the 80/20 plan, a significant increase from the $15.04 per month they pay now.

    That’s $600 in premiums over the course of one year — more than a 330 percent increase on current annual payments.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we met almost every hour March 28 and 29 with committees and visitors, we worked on the budget early each morning and we passed a repeal and reset of the controversial House Bill 2.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I recall my late, paternal grandmother telling me how much she looked forward to the third Friday of each month. This was the day her husband — my grandfather — took her from their small farm into town. For all the other days of the month, my grandmother worked on the farm. She made her own bread, harvested and canned vegetables raised in the garden and even helped butcher, dress (remove unwanted parts and divide the kept parts) and cook the pork and poultry raised on their land.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we voted to override the governor’s veto for the first time this session, we introduced many local bills and we welcomed visitors from Brunswick County.

    Last Wednesday, March 22, we had the first bill vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper come back to the House and Senate for possible override votes.

  • You decide: Are we asking too much of the Fed?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The Federal Reserve — for short, the Fed — is again front and center in the news. With the economy improving and the stock market soaring, the Fed is expected to increase short-term interest rates several times in 2017.

    Yet the Fed and its policies have not been held in high regard by many. Some say the Fed has been trying to do too much. Indeed, some even say the Fed’s policies have been harmful. Let me try to explain and then let you decide.

  • Why dredge Jinks Creek?

    To the editor:

    Jinks Creek is a never dredged, natural, tidal marsh creek. In 1969, Mannon Gore dredged and moved Tubbs Inlet. Using the spoils from the tip of south Jinks Creek and Eastern Channel, dumping those spoils into the virgin, tidal marsh created Riverside Drive.

  • Possible Russian interference warrants probe

    To the editor:

    I am a two-year resident of North Carolina and a lifetime resident and citizen of the United States. I care deeply about my country and the people in it, and it is for this reason that I have grave concerns regarding any possible Russian interference with our country, government and elections.