Today's Opinions

  • Thanks to all who honored the Millikens

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Milliken family, we would like to publicly thank the town of Shallotte for the great recognition they gave to our parents, Alton and E.B. Milliken.

    The proclamation and the use of their beautiful Mulberry Park were truly special.

    Special thanks to Terry Willetts for his leadership in making this celebration a success. Thanks also to the hundreds of residents of Shallotte and Brunswick County who came out for this grand occasion.

    Al and Jamie Milliken


  • Temperament can be riskier than ideology

    To the editor:

    It usually takes centuries to build an empire or a great nation; however, many nationalist leaders have proved a national government can be destroyed in eight years or less.

    Temperament can be more dangerous, in my mind, than powerful ideologies.

    Together, they can become a cautionary tale for a free people who have stopped compromising.

    Tom McGrath

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Officials learn nothing from environmental mistakes in N.C.

    To the editor:

    Recently, The (Wilmington) StarNews ran a report, “Silent No More,” about those serving at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987. Up to a million people “drank, washed, swam and cleaned their dishes and clothes in water tainted with a toxic stew of chemicals and contaminants.”

    As I read each victim’s story, my heart ached. Acknowledgment and compensation came way too late. It cannot make up for the loss of life and chronic illnesses these families have experienced over the decades.

  • The unreal is the real

    To the editor:

    “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” These are the words of Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria, Joseph Stalin’s secret police chief, suggesting how political undesirables can easily be eliminated unjustly.

    “If you tell a big lie often enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” said Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler’s propagandist.

  • God loves what he created in us

    To the editor:

    Is God living in you? If not, he wants to. God loves what he created, and he especially loves human beings because we are the most like him (Gen. 1:27). What could possibly cause us to not want God in our lives? It is our natural inclination.

  • Are we really that afraid?

    o the editor:

    I see President Trump has just signed a spending bill that will keep the government running for four months and cost $1 trillion; $15 billion will be for defense spending and $1.5 billion will go to border security. Are we that afraid? And they will guarantee $1.3 billion to preserve health benefits for 22,000 retired coal miners.

  • Ask me about my vacation scar

    During our last chat, right around Mother’s Day, I wrote about my dad and baseball.

    Because I believe in equal time, today I am writing about Mom, with a little more about baseball, but more about what she has had to put up with.

    The stories Mom gets included in, as you’ll soon find out, tend to end in bloodshed.

    Back in my not-so-Little League days, it was Mom who ran my sisters and me to all our practices and games.

  • Hundreds participate in Hands Across the Sand on county beaches

    Local residents, as well as vacationers, braved the midday sun to stand in support of clean beaches May 21. Four of the 11 North Carolina Hands Across the Sand events were held in Brunswick County.

    Participants stood in long lines for 15 minutes starting at noon at Sunset Beach (pictured), Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island. The largest gathering was at Sunset Beach, where almost 200 people formed a chain down the beach flanked by signs reading, “Protect Our Coast” and “No Drill NC.”