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Today's Opinions

  • Port questions need to be asked

    To the editor: Although I am an elderly lady who will not be here when the proposed port might be built on the Cape Fear River, I am still a concerned citizen who is delighted to learn there is opposition to the port from elected officials of Caswell Beach.

    Every thinking person in this area should also oppose the port.

    The N.C. State Port Authority’s business plan projects an average of 257 trucks would come or go from the port each hour and in peak hours there would be 441 trucks.

  • Port will benefit the community

    To the editor: Representing the men and women of the International Longshoremen’s Association Locals 1426, 1766 and 1838, we attended a meeting in Brunswick County last Friday where the N.C. State Ports Authority shared information about the proposed N.C. International Terminal with elected officials from the county.

  • Don't forget to vote in the Beacon's weekly poll

    By now, most of you have visited our Brunswick Beacon Web site, www.brunswickbeacon.com, and hopefully, you’ve voted in our weekly poll.

    Obviously, last week’s poll question about Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s situation has received the largest number of votes we’ve seen in a long time, but don’t stop with that one.

    I, with the help of my colleagues (thanks, Renee, for your help last week) come up with a unique poll question each week based on stories in the current edition.

  • You don't have to wait a week for your breaking news

    When news of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension was breaking, I was driving back from a quick day trip to Asheville.

    It’s a bad feeling to be the editor of a newspaper and be so far away when a big story breaks. At the same time, it was a sinking feeling to know the news broke on our publication day, meaning it would be a week before the news hit our paper in print.

    We have two daily papers and another weekly paper in the market, and we know how important it is to be competitive in getting news to our readers.

  • Spring break brings family and airline troubles

    Most of my family lives northwest Indiana, just a few miles south of Chicago. Being that it’s a 14-hour car drive to Brunswick County, most of my visitors opt to fly.

    And because the cost of an airline ticket these days is not cheap, visitors are few and far between.

    But last week was my lucky week. My cousin Annie and her two little girls came out last Monday, and my parents and sister arrived Saturday.

    Since there is still snow falling back home, everyone decided to seek the warm, North Carolina sunshine during their spring breaks.

  • One news bulletin that should have been a hoax

    I had planned to write this week’s column about the greatest April Fool’s hoaxes of all time—whistling carrots, “Big Ben goes digital” and “Internet spring cleaning” among them.

    Granted, it would have been belated—just after April Fool’s Day, something I just wasn’t thinking about for last week’s paper, March 27, the Beacon’s pre-April Fool’s edition.

  • Trying to understand the impact of race relations in America

    The issue of race is front and center in the current presidential campaign. Candidates and political pundits are addressing the question of race more than at any time in recent history.

    There has never been a presidential campaign that has had a white female, a black male and a white male vying for the highest office in the land.

  • Who's the real Mike McIntyre?

    There seems to be two Rep. Mike McIntyres. One is the conservative Blue Dog Democrat Mike who shows up when he needs the support of the people.

    The other is the Liberal Mike who follows the lead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when casting his votes in Congress.

    On two separate occasions, Liberal Mike has voted, supposedly, to correct the rising cost of gas. The first time, he only addressed a very small part of the problem. He voted with the liberals to crack down on price gouging and fight against those who attempt to fix the price of oil.