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Today's Opinions

  • What makes news and why is no secret

    Pssst! You! Yes, you!

    Look closer! I want to tell you something — the secret to keeping your name out of the Beacon.

    Ready? OK, here you go: Don’t do anything newsworthy.

    Nothing amazing. Nothing unusual. Nothing generous. Nothing humble. Nothing heart-wrenchingly brave. Nothing monumentally stupid.

    Basically, don’t do anything anyone would care to read about.

    Disappointed? Well, if you expected more, I’m sorry. But honestly, it’s that simple.

  • Kudos for inaugural Oktoberfest

    To the editor:

    Being of German decent and born into a German-American family, I was indeed amazed at the European atmosphere at the Calabash Lions’ Oktoberfest last week. The Harbour Towne Fest Band put on a real Bavarian show. I enjoyed the sing-a-longs of German songs, dancing the polka and other fun entertainment. The tasty German-style food topped it off!

  • Thanks to Williamses for country fair leadership

    To the editor:

  • Check candidates’ voting records

    To the editor:

  • Look at pool facts before you leap

    To the editor:

    In response to last week’s Beacon article, “Oceanfront pools dunked in Sunset Beach,” it is truly a shame that a few ill-informed residents took the time to make a mountain out of a molehill. Throwing around wild accusations of unethical behavior by the town’s staff was totally out of order. It does pay to look and understand the facts before you leap on a matter out of sheer emotion.

  • Trash Bash makes positive impact in OIB

    To the editor:

    I am a jogger and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning I put in a couple of miles on the sidewalks near the Ocean Isle Beach pier. I pick up trash as I go, mostly cans and bottles, but this Monday morning, there was no trash to be found mostly thanks to the Trash Bash on Saturday morning, Sept. 20. It was heartening to see the West Brunswick High School Junior ROTC, the Girl Scouts, the OIB town commissioners, land conservancy and turtle patrol volunteers and so many proud homeowners represented in the clean-up crews Saturday morning.

  • Where is your happy place?

    By Miranda Michelle Parkstone

    Guest Columnist

    There are many places I could regard as my “happy place,” but there is only one certain place where I am most content. This place would be at the beach — Sunset Beach, specifically — right at the beginning of summer. Because vacationers generally do not begin their retreats to the beach until early August, crowds are typically rather thin at this time of the season.

  • Ads, news are two different branches of the same newspaper tree

    It happens once about every two or three weeks: I get a message on my voicemail here at the office from someone who wants to “put an ad” in the Beacon. Trouble is, I’m not in the ad department; I lead the Beacon’s news department. And ads and news items are two very different things.