Today's Opinions

  • Serve everyone, not just a few

    To the editor: I am writing in response to the article in the Beacon titled “Sunset Beach working to buy boat ramp, park site.”

    Our wonderful town council is pursing a deal to purchase a 5-acre tract near the waterway for a mere $5 million, in addition to purchasing the area on which the old Italian restaurant once stood for approximately $2 million dollars.

    What is going on? One million dollars an acre? Why does our council feel the need to spend all of this money during these economic times; this money, by the way, comes from town taxpayers.

  • Wants congressional meetings

    To the editor: In speaking with Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office on Aug. 7, I was informed his “schedule” was not available.

    Upon further inquiry, I was told he has no town hall meetings scheduled for August, the month he has to tour the district and meet with constituents.

    We’re facing the greatest political and economic crises of our lifetime, and he’s not available? Hmmm.

  • Agrees with allegations against mayor

    To the editor: I agree with Tom Puls’ comments on [Carolina Shores] Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The discord in town hall, the controversy on the form of government and battles between Gere Dale, Puls and Selby are a smokescreen covering the real issue.

    When I left office as mayor, I left Selby a healthy government. Selby sought my advice. I advised him he had a competent town administrator and should work closely with her, and she ran the day-to-day operations (as mandated by law).

  • 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.