Today's Opinions

  • What’s happened to transparency?

    What’s happened to transparency?

    To the editor:

    Last November, the residents of Carolina Shores voted overwhelmingly for change. What we got was same old, same old. Still closed-door secret meetings.

    What happened to transparency, Ms. Dunn? I would pose the same question to Mr. Goodenough but he is obviously the silent partner on the board of commissioners and has no opinion unless someone gives it to him.

  • Downtown Shallotte to make summer a little more entertaining with Summerfest series

    Ready for summer?

    Here in Brunswick County, we’re always ready to hit the beach and play a little mini-golf, but even more options are popping up every year to provide a little additional fun and surprises for locals and visitors.

    The Downtown Shallotte committee is once again putting together its Summerfest series

    of concerts and movies at Rourk Gardens to celebrate the community and get people to spend time right here in town rather than making the trek to Myrtle Beach or Wilmington.

  • Beacon website has been improved, updated

    If you’ve visited www.brunswickbeacon.com recently, you’ll notice there have been some changes.

    Over the last several months, the Beacon staff has been working with a corporate team to redesign our website.

    The good news is you’ll still find all the quality news coverage you’ve come to expect from the Beacon. The better news is, you’ll now find more of it, and new ways to interact with the Beacon and the community.

  • This isn't the way we hoped the board would move forward

    The Brunswick County Board of Education had a great opportunity to start anew with the hiring of a new superintendent last week, and yet somehow the announcement got flubbed up.

    When the community should have been celebrating and welcoming the district’s new leadership with Dr. Edward Pruden, there was dissent among the board.

    In a prepared statement, board member Scott Milligan said he was voting against the hiring of Pruden, not because of Pruden’s candidacy, but because of what he believed were some shady actions of some board members.

  • Awareness begins with those brave enough to speak out, regardless of how they sound

    “Migraine attack gives English woman a Chinese accent.”

    Sounds like one of those phony news stories you’d come across while browsing an “entertainment journalism” website, right? Or maybe you’d see it sprawled across the cover of a similar print product while scanning the racks at the check-out lanes at the supermarket right next to another headline that claims Elvis was last spotted going for a jog in a secluded neighborhood in southern New Mexico?

  • Mother of abducted kids strives to keep the faith

    Amy Smith, computer mouse in hand, scanned the Internet, searching the umpteenth time for any snippet, guideline or miracle to help bring her little boys home.

    It’s become a daily ritual for the Ash mother, whose sons—7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan—are being kept by her husband without her permission in his native Canada, a seemingly amicable North American country where the odds and judgments have been mounting against her.

  • Supports Tim Daniels

    To the editor: I have known Timothy “Salt” Daniels for more than 20 years, and I just wanted to take a moment to ask all the Republican and Independent voters out there to consider the sheriff’s candidate who will be the best for Brunswick County.

  • Cuts are needed, not increases

    To the editor:

    With projected county losses, I would suggest commissioners start looking at new avenues of cuts—not increases.

    I’m sick of liberal Democrats always suggesting tax increases, which are always referred to as a mere this and a mere that.

    Pretty soon the mere increases add up to real money. Increases for trash pickup and recycling are two areas that come to mind.