Today's Opinions

  • Another act in Sunset Beach drama

    Sunset Beach was this close to seating a new mayor without controversy.

    Gregg Weiss, the lone candidate to apply for the post by the town’s deadline, seemed the ideal prospect for filling the vacancy left by Robert Forrester, who resigned to protest town council’s decision to fire Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    On June 6, Weiss appeared before all five members of town council to answer their questions and offer his vision for the town should they appoint him to fill the unexpired mayoral term through 2019.

  • Tragedies remind us of rip current dangers

    Every summer, Brunswick County hopes for a safe summer without any loss of life in a rip current.

    In the first week of July 2013, when four people died within 36 hours after each of them was caught in a rip current, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • New rule in OIB to head off a hole lot of problems

    Sand collapsed on a man who was trying to tunnel between two 6-foot-deep holes he dug while vacationing at Cape Hatteras National Shore in the summer of 2014. He died after 15 minutes beneath the sand despite frantic efforts to rescue him.

    Although his is an extreme case of a common beach-going activity gone fatally wrong, Ocean Isle Beach officials do not want to see it repeated on their shores.

  • District 17 House Update: From the Legislature

    Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was dominated by negotiations on the budget between the House and Senate. Other business included handling some of the bills that had passed over from the other chamber. We also had a large group of pages from our local high schools across the state.

  • Wake up, America, to narcissist problem

    To the editor:

    Niels Hoegel is a narcissist. In case you never heard of Hoegel, he is a 42-year-old German nurse who was just sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 85 patients in his care.

    Mr. Hoegel administered life-threatening drugs to patients that had not been prescribed. Once the patients reacted to the drugs, Hoegel worked to resuscitate them, saving some lives and losing others. Hoegel testified that he felt euphoric when he was able to save a patient’s life. He enjoyed being hailed as a hero by hospital staff.

  • Trump administration violates checks and balances

    To the editor:

    Over the last few weeks, the White House and a number of government agencies (Commerce, Justice and Treasury) have refused to provide documents requested by Congress. In addition, administration officials have refused to testify before congressional committees on a number of issues.

    In justifying these actions, the administration says Congress is “out of control.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress is simply exercising its oversight powers and duties granted by the Constitution.

  • Dredging a matter of due diligence

    To the editor:

    Given the chance, councilmen Benton, Corbett and Nern would already be dredging the environmentally fragile areas of North and South Jinks Creek and even Tubbs Inlet.

    Thankfully, the state is performing its due diligence, examining concerns expressed by coastal scientists. The dredging is now delayed until at least November 2020.

  • Letter example of fake news

    To the editor:

    Concerning the letter to the editor by Tom Sapp, chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party, last week:

    Another example of fake news by the Democrats to discredit our duly elected president. The full story can be read here: