Today's Opinions

  • Community icon will be missed

    To the editor:

    A friend to many on Ocean Isle Beach passed away on Nov. 5.

    We knew him fondly as Capt. Howie. He was a treasured iconoclast at Sharkey’s Restaurant. His almost everyday presence could be counted on to provide a friendly atmosphere and lively conversation. 

  • The year is creeping closer to a close; we’re looking ahead to 2011

    It’s hard to believe next week Brunswick County residents will be headed out to local stores to try to find the best and hottest deals of the holiday season.

    How is it already November? Can you believe the end of the year is almost here?

    Here at The Brunswick Beacon, we’re already looking forward to what we’re going to do in 2011.

    From planning special sections and projects to setting individual and team goals, we’ll be spending the next few months determining what we do well and what we can do better.

  • Support local charities during this giving season

    Everyone knows the economy has been tough. 

    While citizens have struggled with everything from job losses to high unemployment, there may be no other time when these financial losses are as evident as during the holidays.

    On Monday, the last day Brunswick Family Assistance accepted applications for its holiday assistance, about 100 people stopped by to sign up for help.

    That’s one day.

    That’s one charity.

  • Are you getting scanned or opting out when flying next week?

    The day before Thanksgiving, this year, falls on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

    Experts claim it’s the most traveled day in the entire 365. If you’re among those who choose to take a plane ride next week, be prepared for a little longer wait time than you’re used to.

    They say for domestic flights, arrive at the airport an hour and a half early. But in case you haven’t heard, there’s a “national protest day” taking place that might extend those security lines a little longer than usual.

  • Watch out for deer, dear drivers

    In that great ledger of the deerly departed comes a recent report about the odds of a driver hitting one in a state-by-state account.

    So far, it ain’t lookin’ good for Dasher, Dancer and the gang this season in North Carolina.

    According to a press release issued last month by State Farm Insurance, the likelihood of a vehicle colliding with a deer (and vice versa) within the next 12 months in this state is 1 in 147.

    This compares to 1 in 13,011 in Hawaii, the lowest ranked state, and 1 in 42 in top-ranked West Virginia.

  • A great candidate was defeated

    To the editor:

    Congratulations, Mike. You beat a guy I truly believe could be president of the United States. A guy who is a true American war hero and a guy that I hope has made you a better U.S. congressman. 

    Mike, I attended the Brunswick County debate between you two and I heard Ilario Pantano respond to your opening remarks by saying something like, “Mike, if you really believe what you just said, you, too, should cast your vote for me.” 

  • Construction timing was bad planning

    To the editor:

    I wonder whose bright idea it was to have road construction on Stanbury Road on Tuesday...Election Day?  Resurfacing on the road to the voting polls was not too bright. I for one was not inconvenienced because we did early voting, but many others were, and I wonder how many just left and didn’t bother?  

    Carol Lipert


  • Thanks for help with NAACP event

     To the editor:

    The Freedom Fund dinner was a great success this year with Robert Levitt receiving the Freedom Fund award for his work in Brunswick County to promote business and community affairs so that they will be fair and just for all the citizens of this county.