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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seems the last two weeks in the North Carolina General Assembly have been all about the budget, but we also have been filing local bills and bills that were recommended by study committees.

  • Travel free from scam-related stress this summer

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    What’s better than the beginning of summer? Longer days, warm weather, and for many, summer vacations. But nothing will cause a trip to go off the rails faster than falling victim to a travel scam. When you’re planning your travel this year, plan ahead with these tips to help ensure a headache-free trip.

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Thank you, Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    Severe downpours on Memorial Day forced us to move the annual ceremony from the Veterans Memorial in the Sunset Beach Town Park to the safety of the bays in Fire Station No. 1. Everyone did their best to communicate this information to our residents.

  • Legislature plays shell game again

    Editor’s note: The writer is the Democratic candidate running against Republican incumbent Charlie Miller for the Brunswick County Board of Education’s District 3 seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

    To the editor:

    The 2018-19 budget passed recently by the North Carolina General Assembly reminds me of a shell game — three shells and a pea — played during an election year.

  • Camp UMC welcomes all

    To the editor:

    Did you know that in the late 1700s, a preacher named Francis Asbury came to the banks of the Shallotte River to conduct services for the people of the small fishing village? Since that time, permanent churches have been built on that very spot and now Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte has a beautiful sanctuary built there.

  • I’ve got a bad feeling about this

    I spent my Memorial Day Weekend doing what I have done off and on when

    the opportunity arose for the past four decades: going to see a “Star Wars” movie. That started way back in 1977.

    And for the first six movies of the franchise, which took the next 25 years, each movie started with the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare, then the ubiquitous “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...” then — boom! — the “Star Wars” theme, followed by the crawl that caught you up with the latest exploits.