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Today's Opinions

  • SB 875 would set harmful precedent

    A firestorm has erupted over Sen. Bill Rabon’s proposed Senate Bill 875, which seeks to de-annex three parcels from the town of Sunset Beach, since he filed it last month after notifying only one town official, Mayor Ron Watts.

  • You decide: Will Trump economic policies work?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The voting is over, and we now know Donald J. Trump will take office next year as the 45th President of the United States in January.

    A big part of the presidential political campaigns centered on the economy, with candidates talking about boosting economic growth, creating jobs and improving pay.

    With Mr. Trump the winner, all eyes will be on the policies he will promote to achieve these goals.

  • Reconsider cabana ban

    To the editor:

    I am dismayed to hear the ban enacted on beach cabanas. As a homeowner on Sunset Beach and Sea Trail, we have enjoyed family vacations on Sunset Beach since 1990.

    I am confused as to what the problem is with having cabanas. The cabanas provide much more shade and are placed in a neat row near the dunes. They seem much safer than the umbrellas I have seen blowing down the beach.

  • Perception of voter fraud is fraudulent

    To the editor:

    Why did three area newspapers — the Beacon, the Pilot and the StarNews — all place on their front pages a story about a citizen being accused of voter fraud without checking the facts? The person in question was accused of voting both in Maryland and North Carolina.

    Here are the facts. The local election board called Maryland and was told the individual in question did not vote in Maryland. None of the three papers bothered to call the person involved or the Maryland election people.

  • BFA says thank you

    To the editor:

  • Analyze cabana usage before enacting ban

    To the editor:

    I understand Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3-2 to ban cabanas at its last meeting. I would respectfully ask the council to reconsider this move.

    Beach umbrellas become projectiles in windy weather and will only provide protection if the sun is directly overhead. We as a nation have become more aware of the dangers of exposure to the sun, and we as a community should not create rules that make protection from the sun more difficult.

  • Plenty to cherish before, during and after Thanksgiving

    First off this week, I need to give a belated thank you to everyone who helped make the Beacon’s sixth annual Holiday Happenings show at Shallotte Middle School on Nov. 12 a smashing success.

  • If Leland and Belville ever find a way to work together, I’ll eat my shoe

    A couple weeks back, I got some news I thought I’d never hear.

    I was told officials from Leland and Belville had come to an agreement to partner on putting an ABC store within Leland’s town limits.

    Right then when I heard the words “Leland” and “Belville” and “agreement” I should have trusted my instincts and known it was too good to be true.