Today's Opinions

  • Help find missing sea turtles

    The sea turtles are missing.

    Gloria Hillenburg, the “Turtlelady,” and coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early Thursday, and their eggs scattered across the sand nearby.

    While baby turtles usually head into the ocean themselves soon after hatching, there were no prints to indicate their departure, and a gaping hole is now where the babies were once safely nestled. That’s led Hillenburg and authorities to believe they were stolen.

  • Rural residents should be concerned

    To the editor: Those of us that choose to live out of city limits or out of gated communities do it for different reasons. One common bond is peace and quiet.

    My wife chose the four acres we live on for the many species of wildlife we encounter and being able to take our golf cart and kayak trailer through the woods without navigating numbers of weekend pleasure cruisers.

    We are avid stargazers, but that may soon end.

    Being out in the country has its disadvantages. We are now challenged by a developer that has bought 60-plus acres

  • Current, former, would-be mayors wear many hats, faces, definitions

    May-or: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town or borough—Webster’s definition

    Mayor: (1.) a person who is very popular, as in “Dude! The girls are all over you. When did you become the mayor?”

    (2.) a male cheerleader, as in “Haha! Look at the Mayor! What a dork!”

    —Urban Dictionary definitions

    No matter how you slice or dice ’em, mayors in my neck of the county have been getting lots of Beacon ink lately.

  • An idea for driver's licenses

    To the editor: Please sponsor a new law (bill or amendment) that would require that information be put in the barcode of driver’s licenses. That would show if someone has received a DWI, DUI or public intoxication or any alcohol/illegal drug-related offense.

    It would require bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, liquor stores, etc. to scan the barcode on the driver’s license. If a person had a DWI, DUI, etc. then they could not serve them alcohol. They would be unable to buy alcohol at a liquor store.

  • Don't pass the blame

    To the editor: I am sick of commissioners DiStasio and Herman’s constant disregarding the rules and procedures of this town.

  • Roll back your trash cans

    To the editor: This is for Peggy Smith, an island resident of Sunset Beach and is in response to her letter to the editor in the July 23 edition of the Beacon.

    1. The rental owners or the renters should pay for the rollbacks as she suggested.

    2. The homeowners who do not rent should either arrange to have one of their neighbors or friends roll out and return their garbage cans on collection day. If they do not have neighbors or friends willing to do this, they should pay someone to do it or take their garbage home with them.

  • Passing the buck

    To the editor With all due respect to commissioner Emily DiStasio and commissioner Cecelia Herman, they can spin the events of the hiring of the town administrator any way they want, but I think the people of Calabash are intelligent enough to figure it out for themselves.

    Blaming others and pointing fingers is the usual way in politics these days, but I think people in general are starting to see through this.

  • Writer hit a home run

    To the editor: Put Fran Salone-Pelletier on the sports page. She had hit a home run her last two trips to the plate.

    I’m a big fan.