Today's Opinions

  • Making our county a community

    Last week, I had the privilege to represent the Beacon at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs-South Brunswick Islands’ “A Night of Benevolence — Caring for Our Community” at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    I have to admit I hadn’t planned on attending — it took place April 27, the night before our production day when deadlines for the week’s next edition bear down on us — but the group’s president, Cindy Hewett was insistent. I’m glad I went.

  • ONDBEAT: 'HOA Wars' author shines floodlight on gated communities

    Robert Stern knows the intricacies of living in a gated community.

    After all, he resided and served on the board in one of those exclusive enclaves ruled by a homeowners association (HOA) back in Henderson, Nev. Locally, Stern owns another house in Ocean Ridge Plantation, another HOA-POA community.

    A few years ago, through his HOA residency and involvement in the Silver State, Stern found himself embroiled in legal battles with what he deemed power-hungry board members who summoned their lawyer when he questioned their modus operandi.

  • District 17 House update

    This week we debated and passed at least two very controversial bills on judicial elections and abortion; we passed a record number of bills out of committees and directly onto the House floor; and we put in the longest days of the session so far, going more than 14 hours.

    The week started off in Raleigh very warm, but turned cooler as the days went on. The attitudes of the legislators were also hot and cold, depending on whether our bills were getting passed.

  • Why have some states recovered faster?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The economic world doesn’t treat everyone and everything equally. We clearly see this in the ongoing debates about income inequality, CEO pay, the minimum wage and taxes. Another way we see this is in economic geography. For example, in North Carolina, for several decades we have watched urban counties adding jobs and incomes at a much higher rate than rural counties.

  • Sunset Beach tax hike proposal indicates poor job

    To the editor:
    I read with shock and dismay that Sunset Beach has spent more money than revenue received in all but one of the last five years. The town is now proposing a 60-percent tax hike. I assume this outrageous increase being proposed will be cut to 30 percent by town council, who will tell the taxpayers what a good job they are doing. A 30-percent increase is not a good job! Continuously spending more than you take in is not a good job. Continuously telling the public that finances are in good shape when obviously they are not is not a good job.

  • Pray for persecuted Christians

    To the editor:

  • Possible tax increase in Sunset Beach should raise serious alarm

    To the editor:
    Last year, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker recommended a 31-percent tax rate increase. The council and mayor gave the impression the town’s fiscal problems were not as serious as proclaimed by Parker. To prove this point, not one agenda item was devoted discussing her alarming proposed tax rate increase. Mayor Ron Watts even claimed in the Beacon “the town is financially strong.”

  • Recognizing BFA volunteers

    To the editor:
    On April 15, Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) hosted a breakfast program to honor and salute volunteers for their dedication and hard work. We would like to recognize publicly to all Brunswick County residents the passion, dedication and community service of our volunteers. BFA is very fortunate to have 87 volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and expertise to provide assistance and services to our neighbors in financial crisis.