Today's Opinions

  • Local events, attendance demonstrate caring

    First off this week, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Beacon’s inaugural Outdoor Living Show a success this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and learned more about some of the local businesses and civic organizations that support our community — and maybe gained inspiration for home improvements and to get involved in the groups that make Brunswick County great.

  • District 17 House update

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we continued to negotiate the 2015-17 state budget, we passed a bill to prevent stalking by GPS and we sent a bill to move the 2016 presidential primary date bill to a conference committee.

    As the Raleigh weather turned hot again last week, the budget negotiations also heated up. The appropriations committees in charge of the different parts of the budget were addressing their final provisions and the finance chairmen were still discussing the tax package.

  • LCAC nurtures community of artists, learners


  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Summer concert interrupts loud conversations

    To the editor:

    My wife and I have been privileged to enjoy the concert season at several of the local venues this summer, including Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Holden Beach and Shallotte. There have been some outstanding bands, and the talent level has certainly been exceptional.

    We attended the Band of Oz concert Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Sunset Beach, looking forward to a repeat performance, since we heard them the previous Sunday at Holden Beach.

  • Voice opinion on Iran treaty

    To the editor:

    It’s crunch time, Americans. President Obama asked Congress to approve a treaty with a country that wants to destroy us and has said so publicly. Most of America hasn’t read this treaty and has no idea what we are giving away.

    One senator, and almost every media outlet, says the treaty has its pros and cons. What an ignorant statement. If there are cons for America, it’s a bad treaty.

  • Why do you fly American flag?

    To the editor:

    I love seeing the American flag flying high in the town of Calabash and in Sunset Beach Town Park. As we approach Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we will see flags being dusted off and flown at homes. However, I notice the American spirit is highly visible throughout the year in this area, as witnessed by the flags flying proudly at neighborhood homes. Do you ever think as to why, exactly, you fly the flag daily?

  • Planned Parenthood videos should spark outrage

    To the editor:

    Cecil the lion was wounded with an arrow by an American recreational big-game hunter, was then tracked and then killed with a rifle. The killing drew international media attention and sparked outrage among animal conservationists, politicians and celebrities.

    Now, are we as outraged about the Planned Parenthood issue?