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Today's Opinions

  • Animal services decision unacceptable

    To the editor: In response to the article “Brunswick County Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly” that appeared in the May 13 edition of the Beacon, it is unacceptable that the county health director would fail to pursue graduated licensure just because a small group of hunters showed up to object to the idea.

  • Surf It, Save It: N.C. Aquarium to present its first surf festival June 5-6

    Ever watch a surfing documentary like “Endless Summer” or even a silly beach party movie like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and wonder what it would be like to surf the big waves? Are you a local surfer who would love to know more about the history and culture of the sport?

    I’ve spent most of my summers in or near the ocean, but I’ve never quite had the guts to stand on a board. (Boogie boarding beats me up enough.) It’s a beautiful sport to watch, though, and someday, I’ll get the nerve to give it a try.

  • Another life cut too short by drunk driving in Brunswick

    Last Friday night, one woman’s life ended much too early. Her life was full of promise and talent. A bright, friendly person, she touched the lives of many.
    Now Satu Harris’s life has been cut short—the result of an inexcusable act. Satu was killed by a drunk driver.
    I first met Satu when she was a student, working nights at Bogey’s restaurant on Oak Island. I had dinner with my family at Bogey’s several times a month.

  • Brunswick residents share tales of heartache for animal companions

    Some Brunswick County animal lovers are grieving after beloved animals were hurt, and in one case died, right before their eyes.

    Last week, Shallotte Point resident Bill Alexander wrote telling the horrible tale of what happened to his little dog Sable. The 13-pound pooch had been a beloved member of the Alexander family for about eight years.

    Last week, on a Sunday afternoon, Bill and Sable were standing at the end of his driveway. Sable was on a leash, which Bill was holding.

  • Sheriff, district attorney and clerk of court should be nonpartisan races

    During the May primary election season, two of the more-heated and more-interesting races were for Brunswick County Sheriff and the district attorney that serves our county.

    In the Republican race for sheriff, current sheriff John Ingram was challenged by North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Daniels. Ingram defeated Daniels to be the Republican sheriff candidate in November.

    On the Democratic side, it was the race of the Lewises as Rendy Lewis challenged and ultimately defeated Louie Lewis for the Democratic spot on the November General Election ballot.

  • Post-election reflections from the political sidelines

     The greatest days of the year for a political reporter have to be the days following an election.

    The races are called (for the most part), the campaign staffs have eased up on their 3 a.m. press e-mails (fastest way to annoy a reporter with a BlackBerry) and the candidates’ signs you can’t drive 5 feet without seeing seemingly disappear overnight.

  • Free concert was a treat

    To the editor:

    On Sunday, May 2, the Brunswick Concert Band and the Brunswick Big Band offered a free concert at the Sea Trail Conference Center. The concert was well performed, and enjoyed by more than 300 people.

  • Requests resolution on terminal groins

    To the editor:

    While I think terminal groins are a bad idea and will work to oppose them in the future, I did not urge the council to oppose them at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, as reported by the Beacon.

    I asked the council to send a resolution to the General Assembly requesting the eight recommendations to the General Assembly from the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) be included in any bill that permits groins.