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Today's Opinions

  • Beacon to honor citizens, watchdogs with Sunshine Week First Amendment award

    For journalists, our March Madness has nothing to do with college basketball and everything to do with freedom of information. Well, except for sports writers. Obviously.

    For us journalists a little more on the nerdy side, our March Madness is Sunshine Week—a week in March where we dedicate pretty much everything we do to freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

    Instead of bracketology, think FOIA-tology. Too cheesy? Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

  • Duck hunting is a sport

    To the editor:
    Duck hunting is sport for a lot of people around here, just as golf is for others.
    Yes, hunting is louder then golfing, but using guns is the only way to hunt duck, and most guns are loud.
    People have to pay for their duck stamp to hunt duck, so in my opinion, hunters have the right to hunt within the season with their loud guns anywhere hunting is permitted.
    Allen Todd
    Shallotte
     

  • A poem for a veteran

    To the editor:
    An Army veteran visited the Shallotte Home Depot store recently with his wife, who was wearing an Army sweatshirt.
    He was in a wheelchair on a ventilator. She told me he was an Army adviser in El Salvador and had been shot while assigned there. The helicopter that came in to rescue him was also shot down.
    I wrote the following poem for him:
    So Who Am I Anyway?
    All flowers beautifully bloom and then will wilt.
    Handsome man had been veteran to the hilt,

  • Brunswick Community College makes a splash at home, abroad

    We’ve said before how much we love our very own Brunswick Community College—and now people around the globe are finding out why.
    The college’s Center for Aquaculture & Biotechnology is drawing attention from students right here at home and across the world. This semester a continuing education course about fish farming has students enrolled from North Carolina as well as Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Nigeria.
    How’s that for making a splash on an international scale?

  • More smoking regulations are needed

    To the editor:
    The following is in response to a recent letter in a newspaper:
    Yes, we all know that smoking, including second-hand smoke, is hazardous to our health. And while I honor all opinions, especially those of our veterans, non-smoking regulations are greatly needed in our communities and in all public businesses.
    In numerous surveys and research, more than 75 percent, and according to some sources as much as 81 percent, of Americans do not smoke. This is a huge majority. Isn’t our country based upon the premise the majority rules?

  • POAs can be a good thing as long as they regulate themselves

    Neighborhood diversity is the spice of community living.

    Several of my neighbors, for example, regularly park assorted vehicles in and around their driveways.

    Another one is apparently operating a boat yard and dry dock out of his house.

    And lately, within earshot somewhere off U.S. 17 near beautiful downtown, unincorporated Little River, S.C., every morning I can hear the crow of a rooster greeting dawn.

    It might—and I say might—be useful to have a regulatory agency in place to properly address these and other issues.

  • If you need the Lord, go to church

    To the editor:
    I knew a pastor, who when asked the question, “Why are there so many hypocrites in the church?” would reply, “We have room for one more.” Isn’t this the truth? Who among us can live up to our own standards?
    Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick for all have sinned and fall short of the glory.” The only way we can be saved is to realize that without Christ, we are lost.

  • Loves changes at Ocean Isle Beach

    To the editor:
    As a new resident of Ocean Isle Beach, I wrote a letter to the editor a few years ago complaining about the appearance and lack of amenities at Ocean Isle Beach in comparison to those of Sunset Beach.
    May I take it back? I deeply apologize.