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Today's Opinions

  • Rights do not justify uncivil behavior, words

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank The Brunswick Beacon’s managing editor, Jackie Torok, for the wonderful civics lesson she provides on freedom of speech in her Sept. 1 column. At a time when freedom of speech has become a casualty in the nationwide war for political correctness, it’s refreshing to hear it is still valued on the public square.

  • CIS program decisions explained

    To the editor:

    Last week Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) made a decision just prior to the start of school to close fee-based Before and After School Programs at Belville, Southport, and Town Creek elementary schools because of a lack of adequate student registration.

    Once this difficult decision was made, parents who had registered their children, staff, and affected schools were notified. This resulted in an outpouring of concern and pleas to reconsider the decision because of limited community child-care options.

  • Drivers need to slow down on Sunset Beach island roadways

    To the editor:

    My husband and I just returned home from a glorious month at Sunset Beach. It was our 35th year of visiting the prettiest beach on earth, so we’re very familiar with life on the island. It is exactly because we love the island that I write this letter.

  • Retirement and the 2016 election

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    A presidential and gubernatorial election year means lots of uncertainties, especially from an economic and investment perspective. At both the national and state levels, voters are tuned into proposed plans from respective candidates on retirement benefits and Social Security.

  • You decide: Have we won the war on poverty?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s amazing how time can change perceptions. Frequently we see this with past presidents. Helped by a popular Broadway play and multi-volume biography, President Lyndon Johnson’s reputation has undergone a dramatic revaluation. Formerly scorned by many for his role in the Vietnam War, Johnson is now being praised for his legislative accomplishments — most notably civil rights.

  • Time for favorite fall flavors is now

    During the past few weeks, I’ve been a party to a robust debate among friends in person and on social media about the merits of all things flavored pumpkin spice and how early is too early to market them to people like me who love them.

    It’s historically an autumn treat, but it’s so delicious and popular, pumpkin spice coffee was already available at Dunkin’ Donuts before the end of August — much too soon, some say, given the fact fall doesn’t officially arrive until Sept. 22.

  • Self-driving cars may keep me sane

    The future we were promised may never get here so long as we don’t have our flying cars.

    Although, the one we got — with the pocket computer/TV/fantasy football draft organizer … I’m forgetting something, give me a sec … oh, and telephone — is pretty good.

    That is, unless your fantasy football draft went south. If so, my condolences.

  • Free speech isn’t free use of media outlets

    Twitter made headlines in July when it permanently banned a Breitbart editor for inciting a deliberate campaign of harassment against comedienne and actress Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the reboot of the movie “Ghostbusters” which featured women in the lead roles.

    Those who fight online bullying by racists and sexists applauded the decision while others decried it, saying Twitter violated Milo Yiannopoulos’ right to free speech.