Today's Opinions

  • Big thanks for Big Toy Day supporters

    To the editor:

    The Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island wants to extend a very special “thank you” to the many people and families of our community for their attendance and support of last Saturday’s Big Toy Day.

    Big Toy Day is designed not just as a fun family event, but also as an educational opportunity for children of Brunswick County. It provides children and adults alike the opportunity see, touch and learn about the workings of big equipment and the people who operate it.

  • Wind energy alternative makes more sense for county

    To the editor:

    For decades, I have made the beaches of Brunswick County my annual travel destination. I am drawn there time and time again because of the beauty of the coastline and the wealth of wildlife, such as the loggerhead turtles and the many species of shorebirds. Needless to say, I was shocked to read the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is willing to risk its greatest asset for seismic testing and oil exploration.

  • State budget, process an embarrassment

    To the editor:

    As a native North Carolinian and a property owner at Ocean Isle Beach, I am embarrassed and frustrated with the state budget. Our “leaders” bullied and spent $1 million extra while denying our citizens cost-of-living increases –– again.

  • Attack doesn’t reflect group’s good work

    To the editor:

    The article in last week’s edition, “Service dog blamed for attack at outdoor show,” was shocking and disturbing to me as I have dealt with Rick Kaplan and his Canine Angels and found this to be directly opposite to my experience.

  • Dashcam, body camera footage policy explained

    By Sheriff John Ingram

    Guest Columnist

    In last week’s edition of the Brunswick Beacon, the editorial board provided its view on releasing dash and body camera video footage in the wake of officer-involved shootings and alleged police brutality cases throughout our country.

  • District residents share concerns

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    After traveling across the 7th District during August, it’s clear we share many of the same concerns — especially when it comes to the Obama Administration’s so-called Iran “deal.”

    As you know, Iran has publicly stated its goals of wiping Israel from the face of the Earth while the chant “Death to America” can be heard loud and clear from its public squares. Unfortunately, it has a substantial history of actions that prove its commitment to both goals.

  • Road trip your way to happiness, if only for a weekend

    Oh, college football, how I missed you.

    It’s great to have a sane, or plausible, reason to sit in one place and watch TV from sunup until well past sundown … wait, that’s the reason to get Netflix.

    The real reason to love college football is that its true purpose is to provide an excuse for a road trip.

    Obviously you can get in your car and drive off any time you want, but your relatives are going to call it running away from your problems.

  • Grand Strand Health thanks community partners

    To the editor:

    This past summer, Grand Strand Health in Myrtle Beach, S.C., completed its 17th annual four-day camp for children who have asthma or diabetes.

    Fourteen campers and four junior counselors enjoyed meeting new friends, creating ocean themed crafts, taking field trips and learning how to manage their conditions. Our camp goal is to provide a safe and fun camp experience for children who may not attend a regular camp due to their asthma or diabetes. The campers learn how to manage their disease from counselors with their peers, all while having fun.