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Today's Opinions

  • There’s no place safer in a storm than with Mom and Dad

    Hurricane Florence kept my cats and me in my parents’ care for 10 days at their home in the Triad and two more days at mine here in Brunswick County.

    I wasn’t confident my roof would hold up to Category 4 winds, so I heeded mandatory evacuation orders after our Sept. 13 edition went to press Sept. 11 and fled with Pepper and Mimi for the house I grew up in. What is normally a four-hour drive took more than five.

  • You decide: how is North Carolina’s economy at mid-year?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The actor Tom Selleck was in a TV crime show series 30 years ago that my wife and I enjoyed. It was called “Magnum PI,” and the lead character played by Selleck would often say, “I know what you’re thinking,” as a humorous way of interacting with the audience. I want to borrow his phrase and say, “I know what you’re thinking. The fall of 2018 is almost here so mid-year was months ago. Why are you writing about mid-year?”

  • Gavel-to-gavel coverage of H2GO meetings

    While everyone is busy drying out from a trying week, I am going to present a few highlights of the very real interactions of the audience and commissioners of the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO when, like the old MTV “Real World” promo used to say, people stop being nice and start being real.

  • Count me among Florence’s fortunate for being part of this community

    Florence isn’t the first hurricane I’ve lived through or covered in my career.

  • Understand our system of law

    To the editor:

    Ed Beckley wrote in his letter published Aug. 30 that Roe v. Wade couldn’t be “undone” unless Congress writes a new law that overrules it. Wrong! Roe was founded on the constitutional right of privacy, a right first recognized in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) that legalized married couples’ access to birth control.

  • Candidates should engage voting public before election

    To the editor:

    Last Saturday, after several hours of attempting to register voters and provide nonpartisan information regarding the upcoming election, I dashed over to N.C. Rep. Frank Iler’s Shallotte office to voice a transportation safety concern (the need for dedicated bicycle lanes) and also to find out why some candidates declined and/or didn’t respond to an invitation to participate in pre-election public forums.

  • Refusal to participate in LWV forums deprives voters

    To the editor:

    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan advocate for educating voters on issues and getting out the vote for 95 years, historically has sponsored debates and forums for the major political parties.

    These election-related events help educate the voters on current issues driving the campaigns of the individuals who are running for office.

    The format of these forums and debates provide a level adoption of nonpartisan, objective, and understandable written criteria for candidate inclusion.

  • Brennan a case in point for national security clearance

    To the editor: