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Today's Opinions

  • Remember charities during season of giving

    This Friday, Brunswick County will begin accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP. The annual program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help impoverished households offset winter heating expenses.

    It also serves to remind us that while we are preparing to celebrate the holidays, many of our neighbors are struggling to survive.

    Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday were followed this past week by Giving Tuesday, a day meant to encourage charitable giving across the globe in the season of goodwill.

  • Support our local economy on Shop Small Saturday

    Nov. 25 will make the seventh anniversary of Shop Small Saturday, which follows Black Friday and precedes Cyber Monday and was established through the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration and American Express.

  • Time to move on following Simmons plea and sentence

    The story of an embezzlement scheme that began more than 17 years ago has finally ended in a court of law.

    Harry Simmons, former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after pleading guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • Union Elementary deserves recognition

    Union Elementary School received national attention recently, and for one of the best reasons: On Oct. 26, the school in Shallotte was named the 2017 North Carolina National Title I Distinguished School.

    Union principal Vickie Smith said a Title I school is one where more than half of the student population applies for and receives free or reduced lunch. She said Union has about 63 percent who apply for it.

  • Election outcomes will guide futures of our towns

    Voting is a right too many citizens continue to take for granted in our country.

    It is a right that was not granted to people of color, including former slaves, until 1870.

    It was not granted to women until 1920.

    It has been one of the rights for which our military services members fought to protect, just as much as the ideals the American flag symbolizes, just as much our right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest.

  • A lot to show for getting older

    By Lena Vaughan

    Guest Columnist

    On March 18, I celebrated another year on the planet, commonly known as a birthday. When we are kids, we love ‘em!

    I don’t remember a lot about birthdays as a young child. There were no big parties or trips to an amusement part. As we get older, wanting that driver’s license, etc., we can’t wait for them.

    I did not anxiously await them then, either. Finally, in my 20s, I came to enjoy them. Friends would take me out and we did what passed then for celebrating.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, budget meetings continued May 9 and 10, the House Select Committee on School Safety approved its report of recommendations, and most House and Senate members survived their primary elections.

  • You decide: should we pay Amazon to come to North Carolina?

    By Dr, Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The Final Four is over; now it’s time for the “Final 20.”

    What sport is this, you say? It’s for the Amazon Cup, the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber retail giant’s second headquarters. North Carolina has a player in the competition, the Triangle region, and now Amazon analysts are making visits to the final 20 before announcing a winner sometime this year.