Today's Opinions

  • Four reasons for failing to use turn signals

    To the editor:

    Why in heaven’s name is it so difficult to use a turn signal here in North Carolina? It takes less energy to push that lever than take a deep breath. It is not only a law, but also a common courtesy to your fellow drivers. It is surely not very Christian to be disrespectful of others.

    I can only think of four reasons not to use a turn signal: 1) You are lazy. 2) You are inconsiderate. 3) You are simply a lawbreaker. 4) You are too ignorant to know you have to use one.

  • Vote Medlin for county commissioner

    To the editor:

    I am pleased to endorse Jim Medlin for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners in the third district that represents the St. James, Southport, Supply and Oak Island area.

  • The utmost importance of ‘Spotlight’

    My friend, Fran Salone-Pelletier, has already written in the Beacon this year about “Spotlight,” which two weekends ago was dubbed Best Picture in this year’s Academy Awards, but now I want to offer my perspective.

  • The cat got out of the bag

    Brunswick County made news last week when the economic development director it spent three months searching for resigned just short of four months into the job.

    The reports put the reason for his resignation resulting from inadvertently putting the county’s response to an information request from a tire manufacturer looking for a new plant location in public emails.

    Emails to and from elected officials and county staff are public record and the county set up a computer terminal in 2009 for the public to review the emails.

  • Victim pays for crimes in small claims court

    To the editor:

    I recently went to small claims court to sue someone for services that were paid for but not completed. He did not appear for the hearing, and the court entered a judgment for $1,120.

    This action cost me $125, and the only satisfaction I got was that a judgment order was entered. Now in order for me to collect the money, I will have to pay another $120 to take him back to court. There is still no guarantee I will ever collect the money owed to me.

  • Note party differences

    To the editor:

    Most Democrats are not Socialists, and most GOP members are not Libertarians. So what are the opposing views on the key areas of policy differences in 2016, if we can get past whose persona we love or hate, or hate politics itself?

  • OIB Park plans threaten neighborhood tranquility

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County’s parks and recreation department announced last week its new 2016 conceptual master plan for the Ocean Isle Beach Park expansion. Ocean Ridge Plantation property owners are deeply concerned about the changes made to the 2008 original design. The 2008 plan appeared to be designed with the intent of a neighborhood park and did more to buffer and protect our residential community.

  • Why Americans hold politicians in contempt

    To the editor:

    If you have ever wondered why Americans are angry and hold politicians in contempt, I have an answer for you.

    In early January, I wrote a closely reasoned letter to Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Rep. David Rouzer expressing my deep concern about the Department of Defense decision to assign women to the combat arms of the Army and Marines Corps, an issue informed by my 30 years of active military service. My letter asked them to perform their constitutional duty and take remedial action.