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Today's Opinions

  • A good deed and a mystery

    Carolyn Morris spent 26 years in special operations in the U.S. Army. She’s been stationed around the country and around the world, seeing and experiencing things most of us don’t want to imagine.

    She’s been living the retired life in Brunswick County for about three years now, and with all she’s seen, Morris says she didn’t think she could be surprised by anything.

    But about a week and a half ago, she was proven wrong.

  • New arts and entertainment listings give taste of goings-on

    Two weeks ago we launched another new addition to The Brunswick Beacon.

    After soliciting feedback from our readers, we found out there was a need to provide you with more information about events and activities not only going on in Brunswick County, but also communities within a short drive.

    A team of Beacon staffers got together and spent several weeks planning out what we thought we needed to do to fill that information void. After lots of planning, we unveiled the new “Arts and Entertainment” pages in the March 20 edition.

  • Gearing up for spring, stuck in winter weather

    With spring officially sprung, I spent the weekend gearing up for my favorite season.

    No spring cleaning, planting flowers or mowing the grass for me. I braved the pollen-infused air for an afternoon at one of my favorite places in the world: the outlet mall, or as I like to call it, the eighth wonder.

    While I realize saying I needed to go “spring shopping” holds little or no merit, it seemed like a great excuse for me to indulge in only the spring necessities.

  • Tip etiquette questions arise in today's fast-moving world

    The whole world is on fast forward.

    Everything we do nowadays is hurried or rushed. The Internet makes any information imaginable available at the click of a button. TIVO and DVR makes it possible for us to not only watch our favorite shows, but also to watch them in about a third of the time if we fast forward through all the commercial breaks.

    Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’d tell you in full detail why I think these things are a few of the best inventions ever, but I don’t have time.

  • Bring back the gas wars

    So the weekend kicked off with the usual payday quest to fill up the car at the cheapest gas station, preferably one within reasonable driving distance in one of the Carolinas.

    About 10 years ago, when the price of petroleum was an issue but not as big an issue as it is now, I interviewed a local businessman who complained about “people who’ll drive 20 miles across town to save 2 cents on gas.”

    Well, anything for a bargain, I always say.

  • Easter bunny proves her worth on baby's first

    Peter Cottontail hopped down the bunny trail and right into my house Sunday morning.

    It was my son’s first Easter, and the Easter Bunny really went all out to make this first year a special one.

    In fact, I think the Easter Bunny probably had to take some Advil and use some Aspercreme for her back after all that hopping and shopping.

    My son, Levi, celebrated his first Easter in grand style with two teal Easter baskets filled with all of the top-rated toys and books

  • Alaskan adventure was great, but there's really no place like home

    If you’ve not been to Alaska, you need to go, and you need to go soon so you won’t say, “I wish I went earlier.”

    Alaska is a place of incredible beauty, with wildlife right outside your window, dangers that are more than just conversation and the rugged individualistic spirit of people similar to those who settled this great country.

  • Allowing hardened structures is the logical solution

    As a homeowner at Ocean Isle Beach, my family enjoys one of the best family beaches anywhere.

    Many would say all of our lovely homes never should have been built on North Carolina beaches and oceanfront. That may be true, but the homes and businesses were built by local builders with legal permits.

    The presence of these homes and businesses help the local economies, and the public enjoys the beaches of all of the towns along our coast. They provide jobs and comfortable settings for annual visits by many in our state and other tourists.