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Today's Opinions

  • How to take the perfect fireworks photo

    After a dozen years of striving to capture just one good picture of fireworks — on Independence Day or another, lesser fireworks-friendly event, say a baseball game or demolition derby — this year I finally mastered the proper technique and I thought I would share it with our readers.

    Here it is: Put the damn camera away, break out whatever suitably smart phone you have on you, switch on that tiny little camera, aim at the fireworks and mash away on the button.

  • Proud to call Sunset Beach my home

    To the editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank every person on the staff, paid and unpaid, of the town of Sunset Beach. To members of town council, Mayor Ron Watts, town administrator Susan Parker, all police officers and firefighters, and every single person in every single department who works to make Sunset Beach such a beautiful place to live.

  • Sunset Beach Town Park, amenities worth cost

    To the editor

    I am responding to Rich Cerrato’s letter in the June 25 edition. I am happy to see he is keeping an all-day, everyday watch on the use of Sunset Beach Town Park.

  • Sunset Beach police go above and beyond their call of duty

    This is my way to say thank you to a very special group of people who do more for us each and every day than we realize. They never, or hardly ever, receive enough of our thanks. I’m talking about the Sunset Beach Police Department.

    Recently, I was the receiver of this kindness. I am a lifetime tenant of my home. When my regular service people checked my air conditioning, I was told one unit could not be fixed. Several weeks ago, the other unit went out. I called my regular people twice and knew they were very busy, but I also knew I needed help right away.

  • 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.