Today's Opinions

  • Editorial was offensive and way off base

    To the editor:

    Wow! You stretched so much with your reasoning in your May 7 editorial I am sure you have fulfilled a week of yoga classes.

    Equating the Ku Klux Klan to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is offensive and wrong. Your position is not supported with facts, and your speech is inflammatory.

    No. 1, gays are not a protected minority. Liberals keep saying it, but that does not make it true. The board is upholding marriage as it is defined: a sacred union between a man and a woman.

  • Foundation facilitates diabetes education

    To the editor:

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 10 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed individual departmental budgets, we passed a major property insurance reform bill, and I continued to have visitors from back home.

    It was so hot last week in Raleigh that on May 12, when it hit 90 degrees, everybody who owned a seersucker suit was wearing it. The budget meetings were also hot and heavy, as were some of the debates over revenue and appropriations.

  • Getting stuck for ducks
  • Funds should be shifted to school district

    It was noted in a recent Brunswick County Board of Education meeting that additional funding was desperately needed for the 2015-16 school year. The problems included a leaking air conditioning system in a school built during the 1950s and three classroom teachers at another elementary school “sharing” a single teacher assistant.

  • Nature itself discriminates

    To the editor:

    Is the relationship of two loving men or two loving women any less valid for the state-approved institution of marriage?

  • Sunset Beach tax increase reasons are ringing hollow

    To the editor:

    According to Sunset Beach Town Council, the 53 percent tax rate hike will only cost $180 each year based on a $300,000 assessed property value.

    They failed to mention the $180/year is for the rest of your life. The council is now telling us that $0.02 of the $0.055 increase is to maintain revenue neutrality caused by declining home valuations. However, the council failed to mention the annual $315,000 payment for fire station No. 1 and the town hall renovations are no longer required. This payment savings should have reduced the tax rate by $0.02.