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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we filed many more bills, now up to about 200; we passed a key education bill; we had more visitors from back home and across the state; and I chaired two different transportation committees.

  • You decide: Is farming a high-tech industry?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My paternal grandfather was a farmer in Ohio. He raised a variety of crops, but his “bread and butter” was hogs.

    In southwestern Ohio, hogs were big business a century ago. In fact, at one time, Cincinnati (where I was born) was known as “Porkopolis.” Farmers like my grandfather drove their hogs from outlying farms to the packing houses in the city.

  • Don’t be like Chuck, Mike

    I think Michael Jordan is becoming Chuck Taylor.

    My thoughts on this topic stem directly from too much time wasted watching NBA All Star on Saturday night, when all the big names of basketball’s past, present and future are all in one place, typically.

    But I realized at some point after the 3-point contest and in the middle of an underwhelming slam dunk contest that the guy who was so competitive he took part in both challenges over his career, only winning the slam dunk trophy, wasn’t around for either of them during All Star Weekend.

  • Events give ‘expo’nential exposure to local businesses, services

    Let me start my column this week by thanking everyone who participated in the Beacon’s 11th annual Health Expo this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. Even though I’ve been here almost four years (Can you believe it? Time really does fly when you’re having fun.), this was the first time I had the chance to spend almost all day at this event.

  • Thank you to fellow diner

    To the editor:

    Bill, Lane and Jim would like to thank the anonymous blonde lady who paid for our lunch at P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille in Leland on Saturday, Feb. 25.

    We have to assume it was the woman sitting at the next table who said, “Thank you for your service,” when she went by.

    It was a very nice surprise and was greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    Jim Reid

    Oak Island

  • 'When Discovered Dead'

    To the editor:

    Any season at all brings many things

    Bird with wings who so often sings

    Fish go through water when it swims

    Trees look sad with no leaves on limbs.

    Heart you have has been broken

    My tired feet need some soaking

    Life was planed for a certain purpose

    Three circles are contained in a circus.

    Mighty mountains with peaks of snow

    And smiling faces with a great glow;

    A field you found all full of dreams

    Bright moon giving off many beams.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council should accept dredging report

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3-2 on Feb. 21 to deny the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee’s report on dredging, apparently demonstrating again that if the council majority doesn’t obtain what it wants at first it will use any excuse to manipulate the process to get it eventually.

  • Immigrants, refugees make America great

    To the editor:

    I am very troubled by the atmosphere of hostility to immigrants and refugees to our country.

    We have not always welcomed such people and it has not always been a perfect fit. The 9/11 attacks was a horrendous, insane anomaly on accepting refugees and immigrants. But for most of our history, our country has benefitted greatly from both. And we still need them.