Today's Opinions

  • Officials must preserve public’s right to know

    It appears Brunswick County has taken a page from Gov. Pat McCrory’s playbook on public information and government transparency.

    A little more than two years ago, McCrory’s staff interpreted a one-sentence clause in North Carolina’s public records law as providing broad authority to assess a so-called special service charge on any records request taking more than 30 minutes for an employee to process. The fee forces taxpayers to pay twice for information that already belongs to them.

  • A Taste of Calabash will exhibit town’s flavor

    With several municipalities in Brunswick County boasting signature annual events, such as the North Carolina Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach, Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach, Leland’s Founders’ Day, Navassa Homecoming and Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach, it is long past due for the Seafood Capital of the World to have its own.

    The time has finally come this year, with plans announced for the inaugural A Taste of Calabash festival April 16 and 17. The weekend event will take place in Calabash Community Park and at local restaurants.

  • Connect NC still lacks for our county

    Two weeks ago, we published an opinion that Gov. Pat McCrory’s $2 billion Connect NC bond proposal does not do enough to meet the needs of Brunswick County.

    Our opinion requires clarification and corrections.

  • Stamp Act resistance anniversary validates voters’ value

    It seems fitting for the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act resistance to fall so close on the calendar to North Carolina’s 2016 primary election March 15.

    In Brunswick County, the milestone holds extra significance. Brunswick Town, situated along the Cape Fear River, north of where Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal is today, offered the first successful armed rebellion against the British Empire.

  • New BCC tobacco policy is long overdue

    Although various studies indicate most people who try to quit smoking or using tobacco products do so cold turkey, they also indicate gradual cessation is a more successful strategy.

    The latter is the same approach Brunswick Community College is taking toward becoming a tobacco- and smoke-free campus by the fall semester of 2017.

  • Rest in peace, Sgt. Adam Schoeller

    It is easy to consider how members of our military put themselves in danger each time they enter a war zone, where casualties are not unexpected. We do not often realize how frequently they put themselves in harm’s way by training for that experience, even if they never engage in combat, until an accident happens.

    We do not often come to that realization unless such a tragedy strikes someone we know.

    Sgt. Adam Schoeller was one of us — not just because he was a Marine, but also because he married into our community.

  • Pets enhance health, sense of community

    In this week’s edition, in addition to a regular weekly column by Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, we profile a new program at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply that brings canine comfort to visitors. Called Wagging Welcome, it uses specially trained and groomed canine volunteers to meet and greet people at the hospital every weekday and shows the positive impact pets can have on people.

  • Volunteerism is important to goverance

    Often when people consider the concept of volunteerism, they think of it in terms of serving charities, like Habitat for Humanity, and civic organizations, like Kiwanis. It may not occur to them they can put their spare time toward guiding their local government and the direction of the communities in which they live.

    Within the past month, the Beacon has published appeals from Shallotte, Leland and Holden Beach for volunteers to serve on various municipal boards and committees.