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Today's Opinions

  • Supreme Court nominee panic isn’t justified

    To the editor:

    Responding to a recent letter claiming Roe vs. Wade is DOA if Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is the equivalent of yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Asking our legislators to reject his candidacy for fear of the possibility that Roe vs. Wade will meet a challenge in this new court is absurd. Keeping an excellent candidate off the court because of one remote possibility for one law is not very smart.

  • No reason to seek Trump’s impeachment

    To the editor:

    A recent letter stated President Trump’s actions border on treason, then called for his removal from office and urged the defeat of candidates who support, legitimize and enable him and his policies. It sounds like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ rhetoric: impeach 45, resist, confront in public, get in their face. Unfortunately for all, the left is following this advice.

  • BFA thanks summer food program volunteers

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance wishes to thank the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, Second Helping OIB and Matthews Ministries volunteers for their participation in its Summer Food Program.

    This summer, BFA purchased 450 pre-packed bags containing cereal, pasta entrees, peanut butter and jelly squeeze packs and fruit — enough food for each child to have breakfast and lunch for seven days.

  • A poetic tribute to Aretha Franklin

    To the editor:

    To the editor:

    Knew from beginning

    Her mission was accomplished;

    For her stand so proud.

    Was quite a singer

    Who we are certain to miss

    For infinity.

    Seemed so soft-spoken;

    About her she had a way

    We will not forget.

    Sing some song softly;

    Have flowers at her service;

    With smiles can conclude.

    Will remember her;

    Had been courteous and sweet;

    So very polite.

    How much we love her;

  • Constitutional decisions should return to the state’s citizenry

    To the editor:

    In North Carolina, amendments to the state Constitution start in the General Assembly with the passage of a law and the language that will be on the ballot. In 2003, a lawsuit was filed challenging the language on the ballot, put forward by a Democratic controlled General Assembly, for an amendment allowing approval of tax increment bonds without voter approval. Voters have defeated this idea three times.

  • Tillis, Burr must support nominee for Supreme Court

    To the editor:

    Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding choice for the Supreme Court. He is a respected and distinguished jurist and understands the limits on government power in the constitution.

    While Judge Kavanaugh has not expressed his opinion on Roe vs. Wade, note that the same people trying to stop his nomination are claiming abortion is a Constitutional right while telling us the Second Amendment is not.

  • Iler fails to answer constituent, support state constitution

    To the editor:

    I recently wrote to state Rep. Frank Iler asking him to defend his vote during the special session of the legislature to put six constitutional amendments on the ballot in November.

    The state constitution, much like the U.S. Constitution, is based on separation of powers and a system of checks and balances. Several of the proposed amendments are aimed directly at giving the legislature powers the state constitution reserves for the executive branch, the governor.

  • For a little peace and quiet, all you need to do is kill your cell phone

    I had the pleasure of spending a few days last week without a cellular phone.

    Cell phone, smart phone, home phone — call it what you want, but if you called my number all you got was a dial tone.

    This was not for a retreat. I did not take a couple of mental health days. It was a technological breakdown.

    The little bastard stopped following my commands, started choosing places on the Internet it preferred visiting without checking with me and then sort of flickered a little and shut off.