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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you, teachers

    To the editor:

    Teachers help steer the course of our future generation of leaders from the front lines of our very broken educational system. They witness the depths of despair on a daily basis. However, there are sparkling moments that shine brightly with a glimmer of hope they can instill in their students a good solid foundation of learning that will impact their lives for years to come.

  • Sunset Beach better than bans

    To the editor:

    Absolutely ban all cabanas, tents, umbrellas, sun visors, sunglasses and all products with an SPF rating above 50 percent. After all, why are they here if not for the sun?

    Also, ban sandcastle building, seashell harvesting and fishing rods.

    Ban bicycles, handicapped transport vehicles and swimming pools. And if they are not in the ocean, ask them to leave.

  • Sore winners

    To the editor:

    A North Carolina political leader was unusually happy — giddy — recently when he appeared on a national cable news show. He was gloating over the “stealing” of power from the governor-elect.

    North Carolina had already been embarrassed by the current governor and supporters who spent a month falsely accusing county boards (GOP-controlled) of conducting a “rigged” election. One Brunswick County supporter falsely accused his neighbor of voting in North Carolina and another state.

  • From seasonal scrambling to happy holidays

    Miss me?

    Last week marked the first time since I became managing editor I didn’t have a column in the Beacon.

    Don’t worry: Nothing was wrong with me, professionally or personally (nothing out of the ordinary, anyway).

    In a crunch for space on the editorial pages of the Dec. 15 edition and pressed for time, I decided to sacrifice my designated slot to people who had more important and timelier views to share than I did. It seemed like an appropriate time for me to take a breather.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we held two special sessions in four days; we passed a $200 million disaster recovery bill; and we passed election and bureaucratic reform.

  • Why it’s time for judicial reform when voting

    By John Wester

    Guest Columnist

    Although many of us have participated in polls recently, may I ask one more question? If you voted in one of the six races for seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, how did you choose?

    Based on the number of friends and family members who expressed bewilderment about these races, I am confident the vast majority of our state’s citizens confront this part of the ballot with minimal information or information of a slanted or suspicious nature.

  • You decide: What will happen to the economy in 2017?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I often begin my economic outlook presentations with the following joke: Professional economists are frequently called upon to make forecasts about economic factors like job growth, consumer spending, interest rates and inflation, and economists are very capable of making these forecasts, as long as they are for the past.

  • County continues refining water service methods

    To the editor:

    As a Brunswick County commissioner, I would like to thank Brunswick County Public Utilities and Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority for all the work, long hours and for keeping our water turned on during our major weather event.

    I would like to thank each of you for your patience and for helping reserve the water until this pipeline could be fixed. It’s amazing how we take things for granted such as water and electricity.