Today's Opinions

  • Tech support specialist works to deliver superior service

    To the editor:

    For the last 19 years, we have had several issues with our phone service, broadband service and DSL service.

    Whether it was because of the weather or the old wiring in our 20-year-old house or just because of natural environments, ATMC was never really able to zero in on the problems.

  • Healthy competition bodes well for Brunswick County

    Those poor folks back in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Even though I moved from that area more than four years ago, some of them still can’t escape me.

    Take my pal Jennifer Hulon, one of my former co-workers at the Morning News in Florence, S.C. It’s been close to a decade since we worked in the same office, but there we were Saturday, face to face again but in different roles at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach for the McLeod Foundation’s “Top Hats and Tiaras” Ball.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to protect historic monuments, we handled two bills dealing with coastal issues, we took up a major regulatory reform bill and we continued to work on the budget.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 17 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

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  • Help support our student musicians

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Concert Band is a group of amateur and professional musicians who maintain a wind ensemble to perform around the county in the tradition of community brass bands of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our common bond is our love to perform challenging music for the public’s enjoyment. We also encompass the Brunswick Big Band, a smaller group of musicians dedicated to the Big Band sound of the Dorsey/Miller/Goodman era of the 1930s and ‘40s.

  • Consider drug testing our elected officials

    To the editor:

    Regarding Congressman David Rouzer’s guest column in last week’s edition, I fail to see how Rouzer’s “common sense” bill would prepare welfare recipients for employment or give them a better opportunity to succeed or would help break the cycle of dependency.

  • Reefer madness, or The Grim Reefer?

    To the editor:

    None of us would like to tumble from an otherwise stellar career in the ignoble way Huey Marshall has. His sudden obligatory retirement has stunned many. While the populace is voicing mixed sentiments, I want to thank him for taking care of our convoluted and prickly county business during the last two decades.