Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Are changes ahead for state pensions?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife has now been retired for 10 years. She taught elementary school for 32 years, usually putting in 12- to 14-hour days when classroom time, after school grading and lesson plans are included. She was a teacher for so long that many times she taught the children of former students. She took pride in the accomplishments of her pupils, and even today is thrilled to see some of them — of various ages — about town.

  • Help stop SB 126 passage

    To the editor:

    The column, “Enough is enough,” by Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard in the June 1 edition discusses the potential loss of a large amount of sales tax revenue because of the North Carolina legislature.

    The mayors of Brunswick County have taken steps such as traveling to Raleigh and writing letters to representatives to voice their concerns about the pending Senate Bill 126.

    I agree with Eccard in the case this pending action by North Carolina is not beneficial to the counties that produce large revenues.

  • Gause stories may be linked in local history

    To the editor:

    During a quick scan of the June 8 edition, I was struck by the appearance of two stories printed side-by-side on the front page. Both of them were excellent articles and first compliments should be given to the writers.

    As a history student, I have been following the William Gause Jr. story since it came out in 2015, and now, one or more of the descendents plan to continue pursuing the saga with the help of archaeological students and on a wider scope.

  • Give me a break, please — not the brakes

    Hello, again! I’m back from my week-long column hiatus, which was prompted by two reasons.

    1. I was recovering from a root canal — only my second ever, but on the same tooth, and it didn’t go as well as the first. I’ll leave it at that.

  • On Campus with BCC: Celebrating the college’s best day of the year

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Commencement ceremonies are community celebrations characterized by applause, whistles, hugs and flowers. Family, friends, teachers, and peers recognize milestone achievements of loved ones and honor outstanding accomplishments of select students, teachers and educational leaders.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we spent almost every waking hour on the 2017-19 state budget, we handled about 100 amendments to the budget and approved the House budget in the early hours Friday morning, June 2.

  • Thank you to program participants and organizers

    To the editor:

    Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte celebrated its Missions Program last week by recognizing children who have completed badge work throughout the year. Congratulations to our Children in Action and Mission Friends members who have worked hard learning and doing missions this year.

  • Real estate agent Damico was a godsend

    To the editor:

    I just wanted to let you know about me trying to sell my house on my own. Well, that didn’t work!

    Amazingly, a lady called me and told me that she would love to list my home. Her name was Lisa Damico from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. I know God sent her because she listened to everything I had to say and what I wanted and needed.

    Well, guess what? She sold my home in six weeks and helped me get settled in my new tiny house.