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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we handled well more than 100 bills in the House and Senate, we overrode the governor’s veto of the state budget and we passed several bills of local interest.

  • Incentivize disaster preparedness measures, improve infrastructure

    By Mac Montgomery

    Guest Columnist

    The rest of the country is finally learning what we on the coast have known for a long time: the United States needs better, smarter infrastructure. Record-breaking storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Matthew show we cannot continue the status quo with our nation’s roadways, bridges, drinking water, dams, energy grid and more.

  • Has your summer officially started yet?

    When does summer start?

    That question has a different answer for different people.

    Around these parts, the season for beach towns begins on Memorial Day.

    For the kids, it must still be considered the first day after the last day of school.

    Traditionalists probably waited until today, June 21.

    For me, there are two determining factors that go into deciding if summer has arrived.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center poised to serve more

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    For about five years, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s ministry has done a great job ministering to a fixed number of men with a program that works exceptionally well. Our growth has been limited for many reasons, but in the last two years all that has changed.

    BCRC has come to realize that God wants us to do more. The need is great and we feel called to double the size of all that we do and to also build a women’s ministry.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center poised to serve more

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    For about five years, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s ministry has done a great job ministering to a fixed number of men with a program that works exceptionally well. Our growth has been limited for many reasons, but in the last two years all that has changed.

    BCRC has come to realize that God wants us to do more. The need is great and we feel called to double the size of all that we do and to also build a women’s ministry.

  • Federal act punishes coastal states

    To the editor:

    Regarding the Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act, the name of this act should be the “Holding Coastal States Hostage Act” or “Unfair Coastal States Penalties Act.”