Today's Opinions

  • God saved George Washington

    To the editor:

    Does God intervene in the affairs of men?

    George Washington’s part in the July 9, 1755, battle during the French and Indian War is indisputably one of the most significant events of his early years with his life in danger for more than two hours. The officers had been a special target for the Indians. Of the 86 British and American officers, 63 were casualties. Washington was the only officer on horseback not shot down.

  • No win, place or show for Beaconeers on battlefield

    While the members of other teams in the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Brunsco Battlefield on Saturday morning arrived wearing coordinating T-shirts with catchy slogans, inspirational posters and cheering fan sections, it looked like we simply showed up.

    But Kay Milliken, Laura Lewis, Lindsay Kriz, Brian Slattery, team captain Sam Hickman and I came equipped with the spirit of friendly competition. “We’re representing the public,” I told them.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, committees were meeting virtually every day, discussions were beginning on the budget adjustments and new security measures were being installed.

    Interim and select committees were finishing their business, in preparation for the beginning of the short session May 16. Two committees on which I serve met April 25 and 26.

  • 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.