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Today's Opinions

  • Recognize annual local Christmas display effort

    To the editor:

    The last few years, Johnny and Margie Calhoun of Sunset Beach have worked hundreds of hours with the aid of hired help. The results of their efforts have resulted in a Christmas display that gives neighbors and residents of Sunset Beach a Christmas spirit and proud feeling.

    With the hard work and efforts of Margie with professional help and advice, the inside of the house could compete with any spectacular display. As a friend and neighbor, I look forward every year to see their display and see what’s new this year.

  • Trash heap

    To the editor:

    In my last letter to the Beacon, I offered up the image of history’s proverbial trash heap.

    I lamented the prospect that our Republic soon would be relegated to that regrettable site as our citizenry again might self-destruct and elect a self-absorbed, deceitful and overbearing political leader. Thankfully, my apprehension was unwarranted.

    However, my metaphorical trash heap image is still very much in play.

  • With blessings and gratitude

    To the editor:

    We went from the top of our lives to the lowest. The birth of our precious little miracle baby, Brayden Duncan, was truly a gift from God. Our family is so thankful for the gift the Lord blessed us with. Although Brayden was here for such a short time, we found he touched more lives than most people do in a lifetime. What a blessing!

  • Gratefulness offered in advance for driving safely

    Most of our newsroom and many of our other coworkers will be among the estimated 2 million Carolinians AAA estimated will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. The nonprofit motorists’ group defines the travel period as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

  • Leland Causeway Bridge project completed ahead of schedule

    By Karen Eason Collette

    Guest Columnist

    Performing road construction on a heavily traveled highway is like remodeling a house while you’re still living in it. Although the process can be stressful and inconvenient at times, the final product is rewarding.

    This sentiment is now being shared by thousands of Wilmington and Leland area commuters who navigated through the Leland Causeway Bridge project, one of the biggest and most ambitious projects in the history of our region.

  • Support your local retailers

    By Andy Ellen

    Guest Columnist

    Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina harder than anyone could have imagined.

    Millions of North Carolinians were affected either by wind damage, power outages or flooding.

    While none of us ever want any disaster to occur, fortunately, when they do happen, they seem to bring out the best in people.

  • You decide: Where will we live?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Less than 50 years ago in 1970, North Carolina was still a rural state. More than half (54 percent) of the state’s residents lived in rural areas. In fact, at that time, only five states — Vermont, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota and Mississippi — had a higher percentage of their population living in rural counties.

  • Trump already succumbs to mainstream

    To the editor:

    President-elect Trump will begin to assemble his administration. He is already selecting Washington insiders to assist in the transition. He is succumbing to their influence and will become insulated by advisers and staffers from the Bush administration and K Street Republican lobbyists.

    And guess what, folks? His agendas will evolve into the moderate mainstream policies we’ve all seen before. He has all ready discussed stripping Social Security with Paul Ryan and leaving parts of the Affordable Care Act intact.