Today's Opinions

  • Thoughts to improve the country

    To the editor: The following are some of my thoughts on how we can improve our country:

    1) Reduce members of Congress to one senator and one representative for each state. This would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from our budget, and I believe the quality of the decision-making would not be lessened.

    2) Legalize all drugs. Take the money out of this ever-growing business and start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

    3) Bring all of our troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. There is a better use for them within our borders.

  • Is it time for a new leader?

    To the editor: Thirty-four years ago, Katie McGee boarded an “educational” school bus and vowed one day she would be its driver. She worked her way up and soon found herself at the wheel and in control of the road.

    Many miles have been logged since Katie achieved her dream. Perhaps she reached her goal at about the same time her vision began to diminish. Potholes she might have avoided years earlier were hit causing a bumpy ride for her passengers. Her once clean and shiny bus has since become dented and her attempts at patching have failed.

  • Goal of food pantry is to lift people up

    To the editor: I want to thank Judy E. Wallace for her letter regarding the food pantry. Thank you for explaining to your niece the important work going on every week through many volunteers and for bringing up an important area of concern: smoking.

    As a member of Village Point United Methodist Church, I have been volunteering at the food pantry for about six years. One of the blessings of the pantry is every week I meet new families from our area in need of assistance and new volunteers eager to help.

  • Grants provide much-needed funding

    Good news came to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department recently.

    Last week, it was announced the department would receive a grant from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The $145,288 grant will be used to hire a new officer and cover that officer’s salary for the next three years.

    By receiving the grant, the town will receive an additional officer and additional protection without additional taxpayer expense for the next three years.

  • Congratulations to World Series teams

    Brunswick County athletes have proven they have a lot of heart.

    Recently, the Brunswick County Debs earned a chance to play in the Dixie Debs Softball World Series. They finished their World Series championship bid in the top six, ending the series 2-2.

    This is the second straight year the Debs have earned a spot in the World Series; they finished fifth. Last year, they were 0-2 in the series.

  • There are now more ways to keep you connected to Brunswick County news

    Recently, I wrote about ways you can keep up with news from The Brunswick Beacon, specifically by signing up to receive our e-mail newsletter blast.

    Since then, we’ve had several new users sign up, and we appreciate your interest in reading the Beacon online.

  • It’s OK to be a mom who doesn’t always get things right

    There are those mothers who can’t stand to be ordinary. They were probably overachievers in school, and now they have to be overachievers in motherhood.

    Everyone knows at least one or two of these moms. They’re the ones who can’t throw normal birthday parties with cake and ice cream. These moms have to have themes and make their own invitations, party hats and tablecloths.

    These same moms show up for class parties with homemade, child-sized, three-course mini-meals. Of course, these moms are always perfectly coiffed and dressed to the nines.

  • Responds to allegations against Calabash

    To the editor: The Calabash Fire Department did a standard background check on Jeremy Cribb. The board of commissioners heard nothing but compliments about the job he was doing for the town.

    The personnel committee was in the process of checking his references and then would proceed to work history and education when an anonymous letter arrived at Town Hall. Accusations made in this letter were passed to the town attorney to investigate by the mayor before the board knew anything.