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Today's Opinions

  • Time to move on following Simmons plea and sentence

    The story of an embezzlement scheme that began more than 17 years ago has finally ended in a court of law.

    Harry Simmons, former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after pleading guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • Union Elementary deserves recognition

    Union Elementary School received national attention recently, and for one of the best reasons: On Oct. 26, the school in Shallotte was named the 2017 North Carolina National Title I Distinguished School.

    Union principal Vickie Smith said a Title I school is one where more than half of the student population applies for and receives free or reduced lunch. She said Union has about 63 percent who apply for it.

  • Election outcomes will guide futures of our towns

    Voting is a right too many citizens continue to take for granted in our country.

    It is a right that was not granted to people of color, including former slaves, until 1870.

    It was not granted to women until 1920.

    It has been one of the rights for which our military services members fought to protect, just as much as the ideals the American flag symbolizes, just as much our right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest.

  • Help end domestic violence: support Hope Harbor

    October is observed annually as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but this societal ill knows no season.

    Here in Brunswick County, we are fortunate to have a resource like Hope Harbor Home helping to address, treat and eradicate the problem. Since it was established in 1988, Hope Harbor has offered round-the-clock response to domestic violence victims and their children. It operates a shelter that is staffed at all times and can house as many as 15 women and children.

  • Beware of potential for vehicle collisions with deer through autumn

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation last week issued its annual autumn warning about the increased chance for deer-vehicle collisions.

    It happened to a member of our Beacon staff Sunday; thankfully, she and her passenger were unscathed and the deer that had jumped in front of her pickup bounded away, but not before it caused about $2,000 in damage.

  • Problem of underage drinking remains within our county and society

    By now, most are aware of the growing opioid epidemic in Brunswick County. Opioids cover a range of highly addictive substances including prescription painkillers, synthetic opioids and black tar heroin, and are abused by no specific age group, class, gender or race.

  • Turn breast cancer awareness toward overall wellness

    We have barely begun October, which is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hundreds of generous people throughout our community have already contributed to the cause in some way.

    Last Wednesday, Sept. 27, Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club finished hosting its 10th Annual Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament and Auction, which followed a fashion show the previous Sunday. We are happy to report the events raised more than $22,000 for the Pretty in Pink Foundation and Brunswick County residents diagnosed with breast cancer who have limited or no health insurance.

  • Let us always remember POW/MIA military service members

    As controversy churns over professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem at sporting events and what it says about our country’s values less than a month after we marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is very likely far too many Americans failed to observe Sept. 15 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

    Members of VFW Post 8866 in Holden Beach and VFW Post 7288 in Calabash were among the local residents who made sure our prisoners of war and service members missing in action were not forgotten.