Today's Opinions

  • Claims are ominous, threatening

    To the editor: St. James Mayor Lesher’s claim her town is pursuing forcible annexation only because they have not found “some other method” to “have some say in the commercial development of N.C. 211” is ridiculous and transparent. The elitism and greed shown by St. James is startling. It’s also ominous and threatening.

    Let’s annex parts of St. James as a relocation area for Gitmo detainees. Then at least the residents would be giving something back and providing a public service, instead of just demanding and taking.

  • BSRI provides important senior citizen resources

    Brunswick County has a growing population of retired senior citizens.

    Although they’re not working anymore, you can be sure they have no plans to take it easy. From volunteering at schools and with church and civic organizations, to taking part in senior athletic leagues and games, Brunswick’s senior population is active and making important, positive impacts on this community.

  • CIS parenting program is a benefit to community

    Being a parent is a tough job, and it’s one that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Parents learn by doing and drawing on their own experiences and from those around them. Many look for positive role models to help them along the way.

    That’s why programs like the Communities in Schools Parenting Education Program are so important.

    For 12 weeks, any parent in Brunswick County can be a part of the program that uses trained facilitators to work with parents and children. They focus on parenting, life and family skills.

  • If you like waking each morning to a free America, thank a veteran

    Don’t believe what you see in the movies or read in suspense thrillers—there’s nothing glamorous about being a crime reporter.

    Characters portrayed in books and movies may be cunning, clever and crime-solving, but their real-life counterparts sometimes have trouble sleeping at night after covering horrific events that transpired that day.

    Courtroom dramas depict last-minute turns of events and heroic testimony, but, in reality, trials are long and emotionally draining.

  • Have an interesting friend, colleague or family member? We'd like to know about them

    It’s hard to believe in just a couple of weeks we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, and just a few weeks after that, Christmas will be here.

    This is a busy time of year for most people in Brunswick County. From attending religious services to school, family and community events, there’s barely time to get all things done before the year draws to a close.

  • Uniquely Brunswick County photo contest ends Friday at 5 p.m.

    When you think of Brunswick County, you probably think of the beach. While the county does claim some of the most beautiful strands in the country, there is much more than sand and shore.

    With more than 850 square miles to comb through, there are bound to be interesting and unique people, places and things that are “Uniquely Brunswick County,” and we want you to show us.

    The second annual “Uniquely Brunswick County” photo contest has been open for several weeks. This is the last call for entries. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

  • Boot victim thankful for anonymous donor

    With Thanksgiving just a week away, Darlene Dover is already thankful.

    One month after the 73-year-old was slapped with a wheel boot on her car and $50 removal fee for mis-parking at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier, an anonymous donor has come to her rescue.

    On Oct. 27, an Ocean Isle Beach man who does not wish to be identified came to the Beacon office and left an envelope to be forwarded to Dover.

  • The enemy's reality has become your own

    To the editor: When tolerance becomes a one-way street, it certainly leads to cultural suicide. We are on that street.

    Liberals cannot be trusted to defend our republic because their sympathies obviously lie with their perceived victim—Major Nidal Malik Hassan.

    I make no apologies for these words and anyone angered by them. Please, go to Fort Hood and look into the eyes of the real victims.