Today's Opinions

  • Holiday spirit evident in BFA Christmas distributions

    To the editor:

    The Christmas season is a time of giving and joy. This was aptly on display during Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas program in December when gifts were distributed in Shallotte and Leland.

    As a result of the goodwill and generosity of hundreds of neighbors in our community who donated toys, clothes and other presents, about 1,600 seniors and children from 776 families had a very joyous Christmas.

  • Thank you for supporting FOP effort

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County FOP Lodge 53 would like to thank everyone who donated to this year’s FOP Cops and Kids program.

    Because of your generous donations, our lodge was able to take children from Brunswick County shopping for Christmas. Each child approved was given $100 to spend. This year’s program took place Dec. 13 at Wal-Mart in Leland.

  • Moonshine takes off like greased white lightning

    It wasn’t that long ago Brunswick County at times operated like the wild — and sometimes even wilder — West.

    I can’t count the times I’ve skimmed through yellowing pages of the Beacon dating back to the 1960s and ‘70s and, on my way to looking up something else, have come across stories about moonshine still busts in Brunswick County.

    Yep, sheriff this and sheriff that — who sometimes wound up in trouble themselves later on — and his posse had just busted up another’n.

  • A whole new you in about an hour

    We are eight days into the new year and, from experience, I’m guessing that for many enough time has passed that those new year’s resolutions are starting to become a real burden if they haven’t been dumped outright.

    From Thanksgiving through Jan. 2 most people’s schedules get thrown off to the point that a resolution or two seem almost do-able, until we settle back into our normal routines in the first week of the year.

    It turns out it’s tougher than it appears to make those lifestyle changes.

  • You decide: How do we pay for infrastructure?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to purchase vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that occurs when a brand-new car is driven off the lot.

  • True friendship withstands losses

    Despite the fact that I got up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday to hitch a ride with my kid brother to Charlotte expressly to see my beloved Cleveland Browns, the strong showing of Toroks at Bank of America Stadium wasn’t enough to seal a victory against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 21.

  • Pity ‘pillars of humankind’

    To the editor:

    The murder of two New York City policemen a week or two ago closely followed the deaths of two African-American men as a consequence of actions taken by police in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island, N.Y.

    Subsequently, thousands of paragons of social conscience and proponents of racial harmony marched through the streets of New York chanting “kill more cops” or similar imprecations.

  • Educate yourself about books taught in county schools

    To the editor:

    I have come upon more information about how “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came to be taught at Cedar Grove Middle School. It was decided by the educators at Cedar Grove to take this book, designated for the high school curriculum, and bring it down to the eighth grade so the children there could get a high school credit for it. This book was first to fifth on the list of the most banned books in America because of its filthy content.