Today's Opinions

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.

  • Hewett’s death a tragic ending to a sad story

    Any journalist with an ounce of compassion does not delight in reporting an event like the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Hewett’s story is familiar to most long-time residents. When he first became sheriff in 1994 at age 31, he was the youngest to be elected to the office in North Carolina. Hewett’s leadership heralded a new era for the sheriff’s office, which was stinging from Herman Strong’s resignation following his conviction on federal drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges.

  • Finding homes and care for cats

    According to the American Pet Care Products Association, people are expected to spend more than $58 billion on their pets this year alone. And regardless of whether they are millionaires or living on the street, most people these days treat their pets as members of the family.

    People were not as educated about spaying or neutering their pets as they are now. They did not understand that not only did it spare their four-legged friends from life-threatening illnesses and improve their quality of life, but it also reduced the number of strays who become homeless nuisances.

  • Let freedom ring

    Consider how life could be without the freedom we enjoy as Americans.

    We know citizens in North Korea, for example, live under a totalitarian regime that deliberately keeps them ignorant of world affairs. Many of us have read about Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, the pregnant woman sentenced to death in Sudanese court for renouncing Islam. Fewer of us may know that Buddhist extremists are driving Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar with threats and acts of violence.

  • Sands of time: A short history of Southeast Asia

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist


    Let us all journey to Southeast Asia through the sands of time and learn a little bit of the history that identifies some of our neighbor’s culture.

  • Know truths, myths about lightning

    To the editor:

    Here are some timely truths and myths and about lightning and lightning strikes.


    North Carolina is at the top of the list of states with the most lightning hits.

    The coastal area and golf courses are the most likely to get struck.

    Lightning can and does strike multiple times in the same spot.

    Hartsford Financial Services reports lightning claims rose by 77 percent in a period of five years.

  • Short session did more harm than good for state

    To the editor:

  • Questioning corruption in local law enforcement

    To the editor:

    I have the highest level of respect for our law enforcement officials and I know the overwhelming majority of them are honest and committed to their mission to protect and serve. Why is it, then, that Brunswick County and neighboring New Hanover County have seemingly the most corrupt bunch of law enforcement officials I have witnessed in my 64 years? Every week when I read the Beacon, it seems there are at least one or more stories about police officers being fired and suspended for a host of reasons.