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Today's Opinions

  • Submit common acreage information just once

    By Bobby R. Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers and ranchers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents for providers approved by the USDA Risk Management Agency also require these reports to ensure accuracy with your premiums and when you file claims.

    Yet for years, farmers and ranchers have entered the same basic common information from their acreage reports at these two different places.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed the 2016-17 state budget, we had a flurry of state and local bills that passed and some that didn’t, and we adjourned the session for 2016.

  • Summer is for the birds

    The other day, as I was getting ready for work and feeding my three cats their breakfast, I heard an extraordinary volume of chatter outside my front door.

    I wasn’t alarmed, because it sounded to me like the barn swallows who make their summer home in my neighborhood just had a lot to say that morning, and I went about my business.

  • Remember Senate Bill 875 when voting

    To the editor:

    The town of Sunset Beach has hired a lobbyist to fight Senate Bill 875, the local bill that de-annexes Palm Cove and two other properties. Citizens have amassed thousands of signatures opposing that bill.

    While these are worthy efforts, I submit that as matters stand now, the effort to thwart Senate Bill 875 should focus on just one man: Rep. Frank Iler.

  • GOP is divided

    To the editor:

    Most of us grew up with beliefs, or norms, we knew who we were, and why we voted for the party or man we backed. Your family voted for Southern values, voted Union, or voted with the farms. There were coalitions that made up each party, and we voted with our coalition.

  • Sign removal is a shame

    To the editor:

    Taking David Stuart’s real estate signage without so much as a courtesy call seems to be one more example of the arrogant and overbearing attitude of the Sunset Beach Town Council and the administrative policies it has developed. It further exemplifies why de-annexation requests have appeared.

    Insensitivity to the needs of the business community flies in the face of good development. The entrepreneur, finding a hostile environment, takes his risk capital elsewhere.

  • Awakening a sleeping giant

    To the editor:

    A special thank you to The Brunswick Beacon, The StarNews and WECT-TV6 for their objective reporting and sharing their editorial wisdom related to Senate Bill 875 on numerous occasions. They have awakened the sleeping giant: the voters and friends of Sunset Beach.

    Also once again, a special and gracious thank you to Jan Harris and her platoon of soldiers for gathering nearly 4,500 petition signatures in a short period of time and for providing a SB 875 fact sheets to every member of the Senate and House and to the governor’s office.

  • God bless America

    To the editor:

    On Sunday at 10 a.m., July 3, 2016, 240 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a congregation of citizens filled the sanctuary of Camp United Methodist Church on Main Street in Shallotte. No doubt this was mirrored in other towns throughout our nation.