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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for helping area students after hurricane

    To the editor:

    A great big thank you goes out to all who contributed school supplies to help the students who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. The response we had was overwhelming!

    Donations were received from the local area, as well as from two high schools in New Jersey: Highland High School and Timber Creek High School. Sharrot Winery from New Jersey collected as well and everything was driven down here by Judy and Bill Weiserth. We also received cash donations from New York, and school supplies mailed from Ohio, just to name a few.

  • On Campus with BCC: Achieve a healthier lifestyle

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina is home to 58 community colleges — all institutions focused on meeting the unique demands of their service areas. However, in my more than 32 years serving the North Carolina Community College System, I have encountered no institution that addresses so thoroughly the health and fitness needs posed by a large, rural county as well as Brunswick Community College. Simply, no community college in North Carolina boasts a campus facility such as the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • No shortage of Christmas spirit in Brunswick County

    There are truly more holiday events in Brunswick County than we can cover in a single season. If there are so many we physically can’t get to them all, we’re certain the same is true for Beacon readers. But rest assured we try to cover as many as we can so as many readers as possible can take in the sights, too.

  • 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.