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Today's Opinions

  • Town should ban cabanas to end conundrum

    To the editor:

    The March 22 editorial regarding the continuing cabana struggles in Sunset Beach should be a lesson.

    Reportedly, years ago, Sunset Beach Town Council allowed the commercialization of cabanas to satisfy a friend to profit. This took place during a time when our little beach was only known by a few. Many day visitors stayed away to avoid either waiting in a long line to cross the one-lane bridge or feared being trapped for hours on the island if the old bridge had a problem.

  • Apply science to offshore drilling, seismic testing discussions

    To the editor:

    The decision on drilling off the coast of North Carolina has produced a passionate response from both sides. However, the amount of sketchy data and misinformation floating in the air is concerning.

  • You decide: Frequently asked national debt questions

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on: What is the country going to do about the national debt? I certainly understand the concern with the national debt now more than $20 trillion, and no end in sight. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the national debt will rise to more than $90 trillion by 2047.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    In the North Carolina General Assembly last week, committees were in full swing and some were making the news. My only committee that met in Raleigh was the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform.

  • Don’t put off preparing for the worst

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    When I prepare wills and other advance directives for clients, they often mention how long they have been putting off this task. Even as an attorney, I long procrastinated on preparing these documents for myself. It’s nobody’s idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon. But one excuse people often use to avoid this task needs to be addressed because it’s based on a faulty assumption.

  • Another year older, but apparently not any wiser

    Just a few days before my birthday last week, another one of my infamous migraine headaches knocked me for a loop. Even though the pain had me sobbing and hysterical, I tried to convince my parents I’d be OK and would see a doctor as soon as I felt well enough to drive. My mom was still recovering from a bout of the crud and I didn’t want them to worry.

  • Paws-Ability raises funds for animal welfare in our county

    To the editor:

  • Brunswick Interagency Program is indeed special

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Dr. Susanne Adams, for identifying Brunswick Interagency Program as a gem in your March 8 column. It is unique and one-of-a-kind, not only in North Carolina but many other states.