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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The beginning of the 2018 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly was last week. We also rolled out legislation on school safety and water safety. Budget discussions were also being held at the highest levels.

    On May 16, we had 15,000 to 20,000 visitors from among our teachers across the state. We had a good discussion with a group of four Teachers of the Year from the last five years. We covered many of the topics in the education budget and in the news.

  • No getting softball out of my system anytime soon

    Friday night marked the first time in my life I wasn’t cheering for a Cleveland team.

    Unfortunately, the Cleveland softball players — wearing Carolina blue uniforms, as if to add insult to injury to this proud UNC-CH alumna — defeated our hometown West Brunswick High School team in what I believe is the lousiest way to lose: at home by just one point in a one-and-done tournament.

  • 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.

  • Mother Nature yet controls Jinks Creek

    To the editor:

    When Mannon Gore platted Sunset Beach island with 50-by 90-foot lots, he had in mind cottages, not castles. He had in mind fishing skiffs and small boats, not 30-foot Grady Whites and yachts. The finger canals were designed to give cottage owners access to the marsh for fishing and crabbing with skiffs and small, shallow draft boats. And until the ‘80s, the island and its good fishing and crabbing remained open to these small craft launched from homes or from Sunset Boulevard.

  • Name road for servicemen who died in Vietnam

    To the editor:

    Regarding naming a piece of Brunswick County highway for men killed in Vietnam, it is difficult to understand how the naming of just five miles of Interstate 140 to honor the acceptance of civic responsibility by 10 young men that resulted in their death in Vietnam could be a bad precedent.

    Recognizing the sacrifice of one group doesn’t detract from the contribution of others, but it does dilute the significance and the sacrifice of these 10 men and their families by lumping them into a large group.

  • Thank you for supporting Wine Fest 2018

    To the editor:

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation would like to thank all of its 2018 Wine Fest sponsors.

    Donations of time, material and support were critical in making Wine Fest 2018 an outstanding success. Wine Fest sponsors are the reason we can offer a great event and in the long-term offer programs and exhibits to help further our educational mission.