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Today's Opinions

  • Forum brings social issues to forefront

    So many problems in our society can be traced to the same roots: a lack of resources, a lack of options, a lack of assistance, and, perhaps worst of all, a lack of hope, along with an overabundance of pain and suffering. All have to be addressed in order for these problems to be eradicated.

    But before any of that can happen, the problems must be acknowledged.

    Those who work in the health, law enforcement and social services professions have been on the front lines of fighting our community’s heroin and opiate drug epidemic since it began.

  • County sinks derelict boats problem

    side from becoming eyesores and creating dangerous obstacles for currents, aquatic creatures and other watercraft, abandoned boats can pollute waterways with leftover fuel, oil, battery acid and other hazardous chemicals.

    A lack of environmental consciousness has not been the only reason so many have left their boats behind to rot in our waters. In fact, the main cause likely has been a lack of repercussions or deterrents within Brunswick County ordinances.

  • Brunswick Guarantee benefits all

    While budget talks at the national and state levels have focused on cutting bureaucracy and trimming spending, Brunswick County is already leading by example with the creation of Brunswick Guarantee.

    The county and the state had been providing the same funds to Brunswick Community College until two years ago, when the county eliminated the duplication of funds. But the college — and, more specifically, its students — bore the brunt of the funding reduction.

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    Once again our generous and compassionate community has risen to the challenge.

    Residents, businesses and visitors have responded to Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support. More than 767 pounds of peanut butter and jelly were donated by your friends and neighbors.

  • Clarifying state legislature and transportation forum comment

    To the editor:

    Thank you to The Brunswick Beacon for covering the July 18 District 5 Leadership Forum on transportation. I greatly appreciate North Carolina Department of Transportation division engineer Karen Collette and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization director Mike Kozlosky taking time to meet with citizens in northern Brunswick County.

  • Elect good stewards of natural resources

    To the editor:

    After attending the GenX forum at Brunswick Community College last Wednesday, it is clear that one, the experts have different opinions concerning the quality of our water. and two, the legality of The Chemours Co. (a spinoff of DuPont) discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River is subject to investigation.

  • Bail amount discrepancies make no sense

    To the editor:

    I saw where Ricky Pruett is accused of hitting with his car and killing 17-year-old Daniel Fetner in Brunswick County but soon afterward was a free man, out of jail on $50,000 bail.

    Then I read where another man is alleged to have robbed someone at gunpoint, assaulted that person (apparently not enough to send the victim to the hospital, however), and charged with cocaine and marijuana possession. His bail was set at $75,000.

  • Market reflects well on leaders of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    My wife and I are long-time homeowners at Sunset Beach. Over the past couple of summers, we have greatly enjoyed visiting the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach.

    As a former health system administrator, I routinely marvel at the amount of hard work, administrative skill and dedication to excellence shown by the group managing the market. As I see it, they must identify, recruit, coordinate and manage multiple vendors, and then bring them together smoothly with the many patrons of the event each week.