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Today's Opinions

  • Prevent voter suppression in our state

    To the editor:

    The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Ohio’s right to purge voter registration rolls of non-voters is just another way to suppress the vote.

    Our right and responsibility in participating in our democratic republic includes voting. Above all, we must vote, register and help others get to the polls, educate all about local issues and candidates and volunteer and support our civil liberties.

  • Rehabilitated people deserve second chances

    To the editor:

    Humans aren’t perfect by any means, which means we will make mistakes. When mistakes are made, usually there are expected consequences, but how long does it take for the mistake to be forgiven?

    Breaking the law isn’t acceptable and the individual should be held accountable, but does it mean the individual will never change? The answer could be yes or no because ultimately it’s up to the individual whether they are going to change.

  • Thank you to ECU School of Dentistry

    To the editor:

    I give priority in my retired years to awaken each day with the intention of recognizing and sharing my appreciation to each and every person, service, experience that may have presented itself in my life in an exceptional way. I live by the realization that every human being in our entire world needs to be acknowledged, and that they belong to our world!

  • Strawberry pop and a smile help ease rough workdays

    It’s a common superstition — and one I buy into, based on personal experience — that lunar phases affect people’s behavior, with full moons bringing the wackiness out of some folks. The next full moon, a Strawberry Moon, isn’t scheduled until Thursday, June 28, but one astrological calendar I found online tells me last Thursday and Friday had “void moons,” or times to avoid starting anything important because projects do not tend to be as productive.

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was busy, both on the floors of the House and Senate and in committee rooms. We passed bills on school safety and elections; we moved the Build NC Bond Act through three committees; we passed local bills, including two for Brunswick County towns; and we saw the governor veto the budget, which was overridden in the Senate immediately.