Today's Opinions

  • 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:


  • Calling foul on Rabon’s Duke Energy bill

    To the editor:

    To use baseball as a metaphor for politics, Sen. Bill Rabon has thrown us some curveballs in the past. The latest is his controversial Senate Bill 559 demanded and largely written by Duke Energy for multiyear rate increases. Duke Energy contributed $10,000 to Rabon’s Campaign Fund for his pivotal role in advancing the bill.

  • Awareness key in preventing drownings

    To the editor:

    Each time I hear about another child drowning, my thoughts go immediately to Kelly Helbig, her family and their mission.

    In June 2010, Kelly’s 4-year-old son Jack drowned in a lake in their backyard. Since that time, the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation was established to prevent drowning through education and public awareness.

  • Thanks, CIS volunteers

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  • Protection orders can help reduce gun violence

    To the editor:

    Another week, another mass shooting.  Can anything be done?

    One idea gaining traction is Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Fourteen states have given law enforcement, families and others this tool.

    ERPOs allow a family member or law enforcement to petition a judge to have someone’s guns temporarily removed if they are perceived to pose a threat to themselves or others. Evidence must be presented, and the guns can only be retained temporarily.