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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for another great N.C. 4th of July Festival

    To the editor:

    The just concluded 2015 North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport was, by most accounts, the safest and best attended in the festival’s history. The people of Southport fully embraced the festival and clearly demonstrated why we are “the happiest seaside town in America.” Thank you, Southport, for your support, patience and welcoming attitude toward our many visitors. Our city has never looked better or been more welcoming.

  • Applause and thanks for Independence Day celebration in Calabash

    To the editor:

    There was a truly glorious Fourth of July at the Calabash riverfront this year. All thanks go to the towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash and our Calabash Fire Department and its volunteers. A terrific fireworks display was enjoyed by what must have been a crowd of several hundred. A beautiful evening with a lovely breeze off the water was enjoyed by all who gathered for the show.

  • Bragging rights and a policy update

    My two-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom was two weeks ago. With it came a renewed sense of pride in all we have accomplished as a newspaper thanks entirely to our small but mighty staff, coworkers who I’m fortunate to call friends.

  • How do I become eligible for Medicare because of disability?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must apply, be approved and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.

  • Thank you from Sea Notes

    To the editor:

    I have had the pleasure and privilege of thanking you for your support and generosity each concert season. When Sea Notes performed its summer patriotic concert June 27-28 at Odell Williamson Auditorium, I again had that privilege.

  • Senior citizens losing funding

    To the editor:

    Please put a notice in your paper to the attention of all North Carolina senior citizens.

    We are losing funding for numerous benefits necessary to the well being of all of us.

    Please write, fax or email all of your local, state and federal representatives to support the Older Americans Act.

    Ruby Fowler

    Anthony L. Rapposelli

    Oak Island

  • Shark bite information helps others

    To the editor:

    Thanks for guest columnist Eric Johnson’s knowledgeable piece on sharks in last week’s edition.

  • You decide: Can we remake ourselves?

    Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product, or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state versus a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation. Does this mean it’s time to worry about the state’s economic rebound?