Today's Opinions

  • There are too many holes in N.C.’s voter registration system

    There are problems with North Carolina’s voter registration system. In its current form, the process has too many holes, making it far too easy for those who want to take advantage of the system.

    Voter fraud is a very real problem in this country and more needs to be done—especially right here in North Carolina—to make that more difficult to happen.

  • Sunshine Week 2010: Mayor elects to shine light on improperly registered voters

    This is my favorite time of the year. Not because the days are longer and the temperatures are (usually) warmer. It’s not even the green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those things, but what I love about this time of year is Sunshine Week.

    Sunshine Week, this year recognized March 14-20, is a time when media outlets across the country team up with nonprofit organizations and citizens’ groups to shine the light on freedom of information.

  • The campaign is over

    I filed a complaint with FEMA because I believe the grant application was potentially fraudulent.

  • The healthcare dilemma

    To the editor: We have the best healthcare system in the world. The problem we face is one of availability. The old people have Medicare. The poor have Medicaid. Those with good jobs have employer-provided insurance, and then we have those 30 million people who have slipped through the cracks and have no insurance.

  • 'Extra' special bulletin: The 'glamour' of show business comes to Brunswick County

    So did anyone try out to be an extra in the “untitled” medical drama pilot to be filmed in Winnabow?

    It sounds like it could be fun if you have a few days to kill, want to pick up a few bucks and like being around all the behind-the-scenes action of the moviemaking process.

    Personally, I don’t like anything to kill the magic of my favorite movies, and according to some of the accounts I’ve heard, being an extra sounds like a mild form of torture. My favorite quote comes from a tutorial on being an extra at soyouwanna.com:

  • Thanks for benefit support

    To the editor: The number of golfers and friends that came out to the Ellen Fights Like a Girl charity golf tournament at the Thistle Golf Club overwhelmed me. This tournament was put together very quickly and couldn’t have been done without the hard work of so many people.

    Thank you to all of the golfers, tournament organizers, sponsors and volunteers. My family had such a good time visiting with both new and old friends.

  • What is justice?

    To the editor: In response to “That’s not what we would call ‘justice’” from the March 4 edition of the Beacon.

    I tried to put myself in the senator’s shoes. Sen. Soles is in his mid-to-late 70s. Two menacing idiots broke into his house. He knew them and in a matter of seconds there was screaming and demands and possible threats and then a retreat.

  • Photographer misrepresented himself

    To the editor: The Calabash Elks No. 2679 hosted a charity golf tournament on Feb. 26 at Oyster Bay Golf Course. A young man came to the tournament claiming to be a photographer from The Brunswick Beacon.

    He said he was going to take photos for publicity and they would be in the Beacon. Oyster Bay was good enough to give him a golf cart. He rode around taking photos of some foursomes, but ended up selling them to the golfers. He even had folders with “Jim Rochel Ice Box Open–Calabash Elks” printed on them.