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Today's Opinions

  • Hospitals should do the right thing for their staff as well as their patients

    By Tom Siemers

    Guest Columnist

    All patients who enter the doors of Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport rightly expect to receive high-quality care in a safe, clean environment, but I’d wager that few patients in any hospital consider whether it is also safe and clean for the medical professionals who provide that care.

  • God and recovery: can you have one without the other?

    By Joshua Torbich

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, I spoke with a select group of students and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, just a 30-minute presentation about the opioid epidemic and the impact it’s having in southeastern North Carolina.

    At the conclusion of my presentation, I went into the foyer where a number of organizations had resource tables set up offering information to those in attendance.

  • A morning in Sunset Beach for a shellfish cause

    Confession time: I’ve never eaten an oyster.

    In season one of one my all-time favorite shows, “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” Mike went to South Carolina to harvest oysters with Ed Palmer in Folly Creek. “Now here’s the thing: some point in our history, some guy — like you — wandered around and opened something like this up, and looked in there and saw that and said, ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s what I want to eat,’” Mike told Ed, gesturing toward the oyster meat on a freshly opened shell.

  • Join in Hands Across the Sand

    To the editor:

    It’s said “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And, many thousands of words have been printed in this newspaper on the hot-button issue of offshore drilling, but it seems something more is needed to convince our elected representatives residents are truly concerned about the impact offshore drilling can have on our beaches and communities.

  • Re-elect Iler to state House

    To the editor:

    This letter is to express my support for Rep. Frank Iler’s re-election.

    As the House Majority Whip, it is my responsibility to know the members of our caucus. I can say without hesitation that Frank is a hardworking, dedicated legislator. He is a true conservative who has successfully fought for limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.

  • Former paper struggles to fight the good fight

    Last Friday, I trekked up to Florence, S.C., for an overdue annual checkup with my doctor (and to figure out the next step for tackling my more frequent and persistent migraines). After getting a new prescription and having blood drawn to gauge how all my other meds are working, I decided to surprise my best friend Tracy at her office.

    We met when we both worked at the Morning News — she in prepress, me in the newsroom — when the press was in a back lot on Railroad Avenue and the offices were on South Irby Street.

  • Choose county commissioners who support constituents

    To the editor:

    I was in attendance at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners regular meeting Monday, April 16.

    One of the presentations was a request by Vietnam veteran Bob Quinn to name the first five miles of Interstate 140, “Brunswick County’s 10 Fallen Sons Highway.” He explained the reason for honoring 10 soldiers from different areas in Brunswick County and who lost their lives in Vietnam was because they had “shown up” to serve their country when others had not.

  • Cindy Babson deserves special recognition by town of Shallotte

    To the editor:

    Shallotte is one of the most beautiful towns in the country. Friends and relatives who come to visit us are highly impressed with the beauty and appearance of our small town. The hard work of town employees is responsible for this admirable condition.