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Today's Opinions

  • New year starts out rough for many

    For me, 2015 started with a cough, followed by sneezing, and later a massive headache, swollen face, nausea, fever and chills. It wasn’t the flu or strep throat, thankfully. It was just a nasty upper respiratory infection that flattened me for the better part of the following week.

    “You get sick like this every time you’re under a lot of stress,” the nurse said, patiently explaining — again — how my continued inability to cope weakens my immune system. New year, same old me.

  • Commend Sunset Beach mayor, council for fiscal responsibility

    To the editor:

    I read with extreme interest the recent letter to the editor from Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts. As has been stated and proven via professional and state audits, the town of Sunset Beach is in sound financial status, contrary to recent letters to the editor. In my opinion, these letters challenging these budget items are merely a way of keeping some residents attuned to what they want to hear and keep a name in the press for a future political election bid. Sunset Beach has had many enhancing projects, and all without a tax increase.

  • County poised for major retail development

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County is the fastest-growing county in North Carolina, but it’s also the one county that’s mostly overlooked when it comes to new retail.

    The county honestly doesn’t know what we want because we don’t express our opinions enough. When it comes to new retail businesses and restaurants, there are a lot of things to take into consideration, but it doesn’t mean that in the end we won’t get it. It just means we have to be smart about it.

  • Fuel savings should pay for infrastructure

    To the editor:

    Dr. Mike Walden asked in his column, “How do we pay for infrastructure?” It is a no-brainer, Dr. Mike. Governments now have oodles of unanticipated savings.

  • Support Brunswick Christian Recovery Center

    To the editor:

    I just read there are between 6,000 and 7,000 addicts of various substances living in Brunswick County. These are people who we see and live with every day. They are friends, family members and co-workers. There is a Christian nonprofit that treats those who want to escape their addictions.

  • Holiday spirit evident in BFA Christmas distributions

    To the editor:

    The Christmas season is a time of giving and joy. This was aptly on display during Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas program in December when gifts were distributed in Shallotte and Leland.

    As a result of the goodwill and generosity of hundreds of neighbors in our community who donated toys, clothes and other presents, about 1,600 seniors and children from 776 families had a very joyous Christmas.

  • Thank you for supporting FOP effort

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County FOP Lodge 53 would like to thank everyone who donated to this year’s FOP Cops and Kids program.

    Because of your generous donations, our lodge was able to take children from Brunswick County shopping for Christmas. Each child approved was given $100 to spend. This year’s program took place Dec. 13 at Wal-Mart in Leland.

  • Moonshine takes off like greased white lightning

    It wasn’t that long ago Brunswick County at times operated like the wild — and sometimes even wilder — West.

    I can’t count the times I’ve skimmed through yellowing pages of the Beacon dating back to the 1960s and ‘70s and, on my way to looking up something else, have come across stories about moonshine still busts in Brunswick County.

    Yep, sheriff this and sheriff that — who sometimes wound up in trouble themselves later on — and his posse had just busted up another’n.