Today's Opinions

  • Theater is becoming a hot property in Brunswick

    Believe it or not, Brunswick County is turning into a real happening place for community theater.

    More than 25 years ago, a group of performance-minded ladies in the Southport/Oak Island area put together the first local theater group, The Brunswick Players. Led by longtime theater lover Stuart Callari, the group thrived for years and put on numerous plays at Hatch Auditorium at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

  • Paying for our government

    To the editor: After World War II, all the countries of Europe went socialistic. They decided their governments would practice socialism versus capitalism.

    That being said, it is common practice for people under socialism—democratic socialism—to take a whole year off with full pay if a woman bears a child. The woman can take off a whole year with pay, and in some countries, the father can do the same.

    Likewise, unemployment insurance is full pay for whatever time it takes to find another job.

  • Happy New Year

    To the editor: We have all had someone wish us “Happy New Year!” Did those words ever come true? If not, could it be because what makes us happy has not become a reality in our lives?

    “We are all created with a god-shaped vacuum in our hearts,” said Billy Graham. Some attempt to fill this vacuum with many different activities other than a relationship with God.

  • Find the good

    To the editor: Find the good in every day, hold it in your heart like a scripture.

    It’s easy to see the negative, hard to paint the perfect picture.

    Frequently we take for granted, frequently we forget

    What is it that’s important, and what is it we should regret.

    Opportunities we don't take turn into an infamous mistake.

    Always working, always taking short breaks.

    Some bet it all and wager their lives

    And some play it safe and struggle inside

    Whenever not sure, up is always the definite rout.

  • So To Save Us

    To the editor: With nature’s rules, whole world will comply;

    At night, deep darkness does fill whole sky.

    Then morning breaks and sun begins to rise,

    Starting new day with God’s great surprise.

    Early one morning, new baby had been born;

    His or her body from mother was then torn.

    Such a sweet child still so worth seeing,

    Separate new entity it now was being.

    When praying without raving or ranted,

    Many more things, Gracious God granted.

    When our prayers will answer each and all,

  • Student suggests Web site changes

    To the editor: A student in communication studies at UNC-Wilmington recently presented her proposal for re-designing the university’s Web site. As part of a required project in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree, Stephanie Putnam of Leland recommended the separation of academic and non-academic subjects for continuing education courses.

    UNC-Wilmington’s Web site currently processes CE requests; however, with this change, Brunswick Community College, as well as teachers in eight surrounding counties, could benefit from easier, more informative accessibility.

  • Trailblazers exemplify giving back to community

    Each of their stories started with an idea or an interest, and from there they started changing lives.

    This week, the Beacon launches “Trailblazers,” a feature that takes a closer look at some of the people who are changing lives in Brunswick County and beyond.

    Trailblazers replaces “Most Interesting People,” and while it kicks off this week with 10 profiles, it is scheduled to run all year long with a new Trailblazer featured once a month in Tidelines.

  • A leader, a champion for the community, Thompson served Brunswick County well

    I vividly remember the day I first met Randy Thompson. It was my first week at the Beacon. Fresh off the sports desk with no hard news experience, I hit the ground running from day one.

    The first week was a whirlwind—the county budget unveiled on day one, witnessing my first news story bleeding with the red ink of corrections on day two and a horrific fatal wreck on day three—that’s how it all began.