Today's Opinions

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was busy, both on the floors of the House and Senate and in committee rooms. We passed bills on school safety and elections; we moved the Build NC Bond Act through three committees; we passed local bills, including two for Brunswick County towns; and we saw the governor veto the budget, which was overridden in the Senate immediately.

  • You decide: how will the workforce change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job. It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering a job market undergoing change, because change in the labor market has always been the norm. Even in the best of times, some jobs are being eliminated while others are created.

  • Vote for our children’s future

    To the editor:

    It would be difficult to reconcile our concern for our children with the way many of us vote on Election Day, choosing candidates who represent positions contrary to their best interests.

    After all, is it in our children’s interest to support a candidate who favors tax cuts for the wealthiest among us while cutting spending on education and denying our teachers a living wage? How does forcing teachers to take second jobs and then show up to class exhausted benefit our kids?

  • Thanks for mission team support

    To the editor:

    The Dublin mission team from Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte wishes to thank the many people who made our Memorial Day weekend yard sale a huge success.

    From all the folks who donated so many wonderful items to the Calvary family who baked goods, cooked and sold hot dogs and lemonade and to those who spent hours with us setting up and cleaning up, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    We are close to making our funding and plan another yard sale June 23 starting at 8 a.m.

  • Horton will hold polluters accountable

    For too long, the citizens of southeastern North Carolina have elected representatives and leaders who have betrayed the health and welfare of the public and sold our area’s natural resources to the highest bidder. North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District is in need of an elected official who will hold corporate polluters accountable; someone who will respect people over polluters and make informed policy decisions based on the needs of her constituents rather than corporate donors.

  • Elect those who will listen

    To the editor:

    My wife and I moved here nearly 14 years ago, in large part because of our desire to be near the ocean. I’ve been reflecting on this fact, as the first week of June was North Carolina’s official Clean Water Week.

  • Remember World War I veterans

    To the editor:

    On Memorial Day, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range remembered the 24 Brunswick County men who gave their lives while serving in World War I.

    Pvt. 1st Class Walter S Brock, Pvts. Harvey T. Chadwick and Jimmie Griffin, Pvt. 1st Class Erastus Iredell Nelson, Pvt. Harry Langdon Pigott and Cpl. Herbert B Ward were killed in action.

    Pvts. William Cross Hewett and Benjamin B. Smith died of wounds.