Today's Opinions

  • Tillis legislature hurts area, state

    To the editor:

    We all know that Robin Hood took from the rich to give to the poor. Thom Tillis and his merry band in Raleigh have it in reverse. There is no better proof than their actions in formulating the budget for North Carolina: reductions in spending for public education, adding sales tax to services previously exempt, requiring nonprofit agencies to collect sales tax on fund raising events, eliminating the “back to school” two-day sales tax moratorium and shifting the tax burden from electrical co-ops directly to consumers as a sales tax.

  • Participate in candidates' forum Oct. 21

    To the editor:

    Washington is dysfunctional. Raleigh is out of step. Brunswick County is ineffectual. As we circulate in Brunswick County, we frequently hear comments like these expressed. The question for you as a citizen is what responsibility do you have for this state of affairs and will you go to the polls in the upcoming election as an informed voter?

  • Stop stealing campaign signs

    To the editor:

    I travel on N.C. 211 quite often and I have observed political signs for state senate candidate Dr. Ernie Ward placed along the highway, only to be completely gone the next day.

    This has not happened once, but several times. It is extremely disturbing to me and I’m sure many others. It is against the law.

    There is some very dirty politics going on here. Where is the honesty, integrity and respect for the opposition? It makes me sick.


    Barbara McLane

    Sunset Beach

  • Early childhood education unites diverse voters

    To the editor:

    A new bipartisan poll shows there is an issue that unites all North Carolinians: early childhood education. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents support investments in early childhood programs in the state, including expanding access to Smart Start, Pre-K, teacher training and home visiting programs.

  • Shallotte roads need some work

    To the editor:

    Shallotte’s roadside is a nightmare, even on Halloween, specifically when you try to get to Home Depot, Belk and BB&T in Shallotte. The only way in is one entrance off  N.C. 130. I was turning off  N.C. 130 trying to go to work at the garden section of Home Depot awhile ago and nearly got run over. The truck behind me almost ran me over when I had to slow down while approaching the entrance. The entrance has terrible ruts and holes in it. You are taking your life into your own hands going through it.

  • Educated, ignorant voters equally powerful

    To the editor:

    Regarding Debora Mawji’s letter in the Oct. 2 edition, it seems the writer needs to take time to educate herself. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan can’t walk the walk or talk the talk.

  • You decide: Should we go for it?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    North Carolina Cooperative Extension

    When I was a youngster in the 1950s, there were two things I eagerly awaited in the fall. One was the debut of the new TV shows and the second was announcement of the upcoming year’s auto lineup and styles. After a couple weeks of study, I could name every new brand and model from a football field’s length away.

  • Brunswick County people are busy doing great things

    I’m so happy autumn is finally here. It’s not only the time of the year when I celebrate my parents’ birthdays, their anniversary and my kid brother’s birthday, but also enjoy cooler weather, many fall festivals (hello, funnel cake — and welcome back, layered clothing to hide the evidence) and my favorite holiday, Halloween.