• It is time for elected officials to govern instead of fight

    To the editor:

    The time for campaigning is over. Stop. It’s past time for you to do your job and govern. Stop the unending arguments over differing interpretations of the Constitution and petty politics. Set aside irreconcilable differences when so much is at stake! Find common ground even under the most polarized conditions.

    “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace in the midst of conflict,” Romans 14:19.

  • Does Xmas take Christ out of Christmas?

    To the editor:

    I am always annoyed when I see Xmas used instead of Christmas. Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced “eksmas,” but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation, “krismas.”

  • Let punishment for voter fraud fit extent of crime

    To the editor:

  • Taxpayers deserve to know detailed dredging costs

    To the editor:

  • Rural America has waited too long for farm bill

    To the editor:

    The compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the largest farms or secure stable long-term funding for working lands conservation.

    We are pleased that Congress maintained the Conservation Stewardship Program in the final bill, and included policy changes to strengthen the program. Changes include increased support for cover crops, resource-conserving crop rotations, and advanced grazing management.

  • An analysis of Hurricane Florence waste

    To the editor:

    Did you know 26 million gallons of municipal wastewater (sewage) were released across North Carolina because of Hurricane Florence?

    The North Carolina Division of Environmental Quality requires that facilities with permits for waste management, such as hog farms and industry, report waste releases. For Florence, NCDEQ received more than 1,800 reports and of those reports 146 were waste releases.

  • Thank you for another great OIB Flotilla

    To the editor:

    Once again we would like to say thank you to Michelle and Charles Griffin and their team of helpers for organizing the OIB Flotilla on Dec. 8 from which they raised more than $21,000. The Toys for Tots party at Sharky’s on Dec. 15 looked like the toy department of a large store. So many families in Brunswick County will have a merrier Christmas because of the hard work of the Griffins and their team of helpers.

  • Celebrating a century of Samarcand Manor’s impact

    To the editor:

    On Sept. 17, 1918, the formal opening of The State Home and Industrial School for Girls (Samarcand Manor) took place. Until its closing in 2011, Samarcand ministered to the spiritual, academic and vocational needs of generations of North Carolina’s adjudicated youth. Today it carries on that same spirit of service as Samarcand Training Academy for law enforcement.

  • A Christmas prayer for our armed forces

    To the editor:

    We are in a season where our thoughts turn to Christmas and being with our family.

    Let us remember in prayer members of our armed forces far from home serving in missions at posts spread across the world. May the Lord strengthen and comfort these families, and may the God of Angel Armies protect these men and women wherever they are serving.

    Honor those who gave their all.

  • ‘Beneath Christmas Tree Was A Wreath’

    To the editor:

    Beneath Christmas Tree we saw a wreath;

    Thought about Jesus and His much grief;

    Born and bred,

    In a shed,

    And of Him on church window is a motif.

    We never knew how long Jesus was in the

    barn after his birth. He was there when the

    wise men came.


    James Thomas Horn