Today's Opinions

  • Thanking Iler for support

    To the editor:

    The National Certification Medical Association (NCRMA) would like to thank state Rep. Frank Iler for supporting legislation to repeal the Privilege License Tax (PLT).

    The House and Senate showed overwhelming bipartisan support to rein in a tax that was never envisioned to get to these levels. Critics fail to mention these key points about PLTs:

    Some businesses pay tens of thousands while others pay zero. One Raleigh farmer’s market produce dealer saw his tax bill go from $50 to more than $9,000 with no added benefit.

  • Great work by BCSO, sheriff

    To the editor:

    In reference to a rash of burglaries in the Ash area last week, on behalf of the Carlisle family, I would like to thank the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for recovering most of the items taken from their home.

    Sheriff John Ingram and his office did an awesome job of locating the items. He did not hesitate to begin investigating the burglaries. He has and is making Brunswick County a better place. I admire his work and dedication to Brunswick County. Needless to say, I have seen a decrease in the crime rate since he has become sheriff.

  • Rabon columns are disingenuous

    To the editor:

    I find the “District 8 Senate update” written by state Sen. Bill Rabon to be a highly dishonest piece of misinformation. Basically the update is weekly propaganda for Rabon’s personal agenda and does not represent the important issues of the week’s prior docket.

  • Thank you, Leadership Brunswick County

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the board of directors, executive director, staff, and most importantly, the clients of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), I want to thank Leadership Brunswick County (LBC) for their great work in developing a financial literacy program for BFA. We are very excited about this program because it will benefit the community by increasing the financial skills and knowledge of our clients.

  • OIB fireworks decisions make no sense

    To the editor:

    Having been a property owner at OIB for more than 30 years and having watched for more than 30 years the police on OIB act like Andy Griffith and Barney Fife running from house to house July 4, trying to stop people from shooting fireworks, the town council finally this year announced a city-sponsored fireworks show from the pier. This, after we have watched for decades as the communities around us have sponsored such shows.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives was Budget Week. The Senate had finished with the budget, Senate Bill 744, the previous week. It was our job in the House to review it, make our changes, and send it back to them for their agreement and approval. This budget actually consists of adjustments to the biennial budget we passed last year. We are adjusting the 2013-2015 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We have newly revised revenue projections and spending priorities. So, it was a busy week.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    The 2014 short session has proved to be nothing short of eventful, and we are continuing to work hard in order to accomplish our goals during this time. 

  • Election year dilemmas sometimes have no easy answer

    November’s general election can’t come — and go — soon enough to suit me.

    As someone who loathes politics, I seem to be an anomaly in the journalism world. My distaste for elections has only soured in my more than two decades in this business. I believe they’ve become less and less about choosing the best leader and more about choosing the lesser of two evils through the years. That’s not always the case, but it generally seems that way.