Today's Opinions

  • A voice of reason

    To the editor: Kudos to the Beacon. Finally a voice of reason in Brunswick County.

    I may now sit back and feel secure knowing our current sheriff has our citizens’ best interests in mind by patrolling our neighborhoods and arresting criminals.

    You have my vote, Sheriff Ingram.


  • Hewett has right to free speech

    To the editor: Reference is made to your articles regarding Ronald Hewett and Tim Daniels. My first thought was and is: It sure must have been a dry week for a writer to find something to write about and this topic was at the bottom of the barrel.

    Who and when was this newspaper declared “judge and jury” over Hewett’s freedom of speech regarding what he so chooses to write on his personal Facebook page?

  • Was the Beacon a pawn in a game?

    To the editor: I knew, like most residents of Brunswick County, the upcoming sheriff’s election would be overtly hostile. I am surprised, however, the Beacon has let itself become a pawn in this political game.

    There were several pieces in the March 4 edition that lent a distinctive incumbent angle of support.

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor: Jim MacCallum is running for clerk of court for Brunswick County.

    As I understand it, the clerk of court handles a variety of important duties such as reviewing wills, guardianship proceedings, adoptions, etc. The clerk handles millions of dollars each year received in court fees, etc.

    Improved and more effective administration of the duties of this job will affect the lives of Brunswick County citizens. The clerk of court position demands someone with the highest integrity, honesty and administrative capabilities.

  • Officials, law enforcement had good response to school incident

    It was likely a confusing and scary situation for some Shallotte Middle School parents last week when the school was placed on lockdown Feb. 18 just before the school day began.

    As buses and vehicles arrived at the school, students were turned away and sent to West Brunswick High School, where they were directed to wait in the school’s gym.

    On the morning of Feb. 18, a parent reported a student had received a threatening text message. School officials believed it was serious enough to warrant the lockdown.

  • That's not what we would call 'justice'

    It’s hard to call the sentence handed to North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. “justice.”

    Last week, Soles, who has admitted to shooting Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Tabor City home last August, entered a guilty plea to a charge on one count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    After failing to call the police at any time during which he felt threatened at his home, and then shooting a fleeing man in the back of the leg, Soles will get no jail time.

    He won’t be on probation.

  • Recipes needed for Beacon’s upcoming cookbook project

    She was a petite lady with silver hair sitting in one of the chairs by the counter. I was standing looking at all the lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows scattered on top of the glass counter. I had decided to spend my lunch hour at the Belk cosmetics counter and was deliberating between the blue and gray eyeliners.

    She was waiting for me to wrap up my purchase so she could be helped.

    “I’m sorry I’m taking so long,” I told her. “I just don’t have any idea what I want.”

  • The long-lost art of handwritten thank-you notes and the world's good intentions

    When friends took time out of their lives to be with me on my wedding day last fall, I couldn’t say thank you enough.

    I thanked them in person that day. I thanked them again when I saw them at work. I think I even thanked them via Facebook and/or e-mail.

    I planned to send them each a handwritten thank-you note. I was raised well. I know the value of that.

    I know I’m supposed to send thank-you cards. I want to send them. As a matter of fact, I have a collection of occasion-perfect thank-you cards in my office at home.