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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: What is the good and bad in today’s economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there are two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would reply, “There are exceptions!”

  • September is National Recovery Month

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Since our son’s death of a drug overdose almost five years ago Oct. 10, 2012, an additional 200,000 men and women have died as a result of the same disease, an addiction to drugs and alcohol. At the time of Patrick’s passing, the tsunami of death because of addiction was just reaching shore. Many were already dead or dying, but the worst was yet to come.

  • An extended editor’s note in lieu of a lengthy column

    As some readers may know already, the Beacon isn’t printed here in Shallotte. Since our press shut down in 2011, the fine folks at The News & Record in Greensboro have been helping us bring our print edition to readers each week via the U.S. Postal Service and more than 50 racks we have in and around Brunswick County.

    By the end of this month, Greensboro’s press will have shut down as well, shifting its duties — including the printing of the Beacon — to its neighboring newspaper’s press at The Winston-Salem Journal.

  • Brunswick County’s canines deserve tethering ban

    To the editor:

    Tethering, called by another word, is torture. The act of having a rope, a chain or another object tightly wound around the neck of an animal day after day, year after year, never getting a break from this existence … you certainly can’t refer to this as a life because it is not.

    If you cannot treat an animal humanely, then you should not be able to have one at all. If we decide to own a dog, then we have the responsibility to treat them with love and tenderness as we would treat any member of our family.

  • Do your homework on park issue in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    As a resident of Sunset Beach, my husband and I were delighted the town built Sunset Beach Town Park in such a beautiful area.

    Since its opening, we have enjoyed the various festivities and events that are held in the park and have often said, “What a smart move on the town’s part!” One of these events, the waterfront market, has been a favorite. The park and the market give us a sense of community, a “town center.”

  • Two minutes on Tuesdays meant so much

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    Since retiring to Brunswick County five years ago, my wife and I have been lucky to have been part of a volunteer program that has us visiting people each Tuesday.

  • You decide: Are the humanities still useful in a tech world?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife is part of a shrinking group of people. She is low-tech! Yes, she has a smart phone and a tablet, compliments of me, but she reluctantly uses them. Many days she forgets to turn them on, and even if they’re on, she’ll forget to check for messages. Rather than texting or emailing, she still likes writing letters, making phone calls or, better yet, talking to people in person.

  • Thank you to my life savers

    To the editor:

    I’m writing to give special thanks to the Shallotte police and EMTs who saved my life on Labor Day at Waffle House.

    Low blood sugar can kill — and almost did me.

    Thanks to emergency department staff at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center as well.

    I just can’t say enough about them all.

    Jim Robinson

    Shallotte