Today's Opinions

  • Road trip your way to happiness, if only for a weekend

    Oh, college football, how I missed you.

    It’s great to have a sane, or plausible, reason to sit in one place and watch TV from sunup until well past sundown … wait, that’s the reason to get Netflix.

    The real reason to love college football is that its true purpose is to provide an excuse for a road trip.

    Obviously you can get in your car and drive off any time you want, but your relatives are going to call it running away from your problems.

  • Grand Strand Health thanks community partners

    To the editor:

    This past summer, Grand Strand Health in Myrtle Beach, S.C., completed its 17th annual four-day camp for children who have asthma or diabetes.

    Fourteen campers and four junior counselors enjoyed meeting new friends, creating ocean themed crafts, taking field trips and learning how to manage their conditions. Our camp goal is to provide a safe and fun camp experience for children who may not attend a regular camp due to their asthma or diabetes. The campers learn how to manage their disease from counselors with their peers, all while having fun.

  • Thank you to 9/11 event participants

    To the editor:

    My sincere thanks to all of you who took part in the memorial services on the overpass at N.C. 130 in Shallotte.

    Thanks to the Calabash Lions, the Shallotte Lions, American Legion Post 503 and the auxiliary, VFW 7288, the Calabash Elks and the Shallotte Police Department.

    It was a great turnout for a great cause.

    Vito Ramaglia,

    event coordinator

    Sunset Beach

  • Shallotte DMV agency employees deserve respect

    To the editor:

    To all who find it necessary to be rude to the ladies at the Shallotte Division of Motor Vehicles Plate Agency, this is for you, and you, too!

    I’m writing this letter as a customer and as the daughter and only child of Deborah Meadows, who has self-contracted the Shallotte NCDMV Plate Agency, serving Brunswick County and surrounding counties for more than 36 years. That’s longer than half of some of your existences. She and her employees are only here to help the public.

  • Proposed Sunset Beach development will hurt all

    To the editor:

    I am sure a lot of readers of The Brunswick Beacon think the proposed development at the west end of the Sunset Beach island is a Sunset Beach problem, but it really isn’t.

  • Thanks for local Freedom Day

    To the editor:

    Last Thursday, Sept. 10, was Freedom Day USA. This was a wonderful way to honor members of the military and their immediate families, along with veterans.

    The local celebration was the idea of Dr. Aaron Wilharm of Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Oak Island and Bolivia. He and his wonderful staff organized this day and they were able to get many shops and service providers to participate, too, with discounts and gifts.

  • A plea to Brunswick County residents

    By Sarah Barra

    Guest Columnist


    I’m a mom of three kids who play on our beaches year round. I’m a grownup who wondered at the beauty of this place as a child. I’m also a grownup who understands economics and the reasons people here may believe drilling is a good idea and worth the risk. I ask all to consider the following facts.

  • Was it a sad day for North Carolina retailing?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    I moved to North Carolina in 1978. One of the first purchases I made in my new state was a desk.

    To me, having a desk to use for writing and preparing lectures was more important than having a bed. I slept on the floor of my apartment for a year.

    I bought that desk from the old Hudson-Belk department store in downtown Raleigh. I still have it; in fact, it’s one of my most prized possessions. It has a unique curved style, which visitors to my home always admire.