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Today's Opinions

  • Where to find smiles, love and companionship

    To the editor:

    Need a smile today? Here’s one. Last week, a boy named Jason and a chocolate Labrador named Toby found each other at Tiki Paws, a kennel on N.C. 130, when his family went there to adopt a rescue. It was love at first sight!

    Jason declared Toby would be his best friend forever. Toby wagged his tail so hard he could barely stand.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, we had a big part of the N.C. House of Representatives right here in Brunswick County. House Speaker Tim Moore was in Brunswick County all day Sept. 13. It was my privilege to help arrange his schedule and show him around. When we found out he would be able to come to a couple of events here, we made sure that he stayed busy and saw as many parts of the county as possible.

  • In remembrance of my lifelong friend, Nikki Smith

    I thought by now it might be easier for me to write that my friend, Nikki Smith, died suddenly the night of Sept. 9 of complications from a chronic brain disorder.

    It isn’t.

    What comes much more naturally is telling the world about the light she brought into my life.

    Nikki and I first met when we were second-graders in Mrs. Dottie Saffer’s class at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School. I can’t recall many details from that year, but I remember Nikki went out of her way to be my friend.

  • How was your hurricane weekend?

    A little more than a week ago, I had the chance to break out on a long weekend and bounce up and down the East Coast on a four-day trip that took me to two of the biggest cities in the U.S.: New York City and Clemson, S.C., on a football weekend.

    A couple years ago, I lived out a childhood dream of going to New York to catch David Letterman’s show before he finally closed up shop and grew a giant, white beard.

    On this trip, I was again reliving my youth by going to see guitar legend Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden.

  • Know your rights in nursing homes

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    "Please don’t put me in a nursing home” is a sentiment I hear often from my senior clients. Many people seem to equate nursing homes with captivity and the end of all freedom. Realistically, though, as we live longer than our predecessors, often with various disabilities and debilitating health problems, nursing homes will eventually become the only option for many of us.

  • You decide: What is the good and bad in today’s economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there are two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would reply, “There are exceptions!”

  • September is National Recovery Month

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Since our son’s death of a drug overdose almost five years ago Oct. 10, 2012, an additional 200,000 men and women have died as a result of the same disease, an addiction to drugs and alcohol. At the time of Patrick’s passing, the tsunami of death because of addiction was just reaching shore. Many were already dead or dying, but the worst was yet to come.

  • An extended editor’s note in lieu of a lengthy column

    As some readers may know already, the Beacon isn’t printed here in Shallotte. Since our press shut down in 2011, the fine folks at The News & Record in Greensboro have been helping us bring our print edition to readers each week via the U.S. Postal Service and more than 50 racks we have in and around Brunswick County.

    By the end of this month, Greensboro’s press will have shut down as well, shifting its duties — including the printing of the Beacon — to its neighboring newspaper’s press at The Winston-Salem Journal.