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Today's Opinions

  • Use of beach space at issue

    To the editor:

    I read with interest the letter from Phillip Kent Barbalace regarding the commercial cabanas at Sunset Beach in last week’s Beacon. I, too, have seen cabanas that have been set up early and no one using them for hours.

  • Republican Party survey responses go unheeded

    To the editor:

    At the beginning of 2015, we received a survey from the Republican Party asking for our thoughts about the state of the country. Since our survey responses went unheeded previously, I shared our views in a letter that the country is not only fiscally bankrupt but also bankrupt on many levels.

    We all have our major concerns dependent upon what is dearest to us; however, the chances of seeing a Republican president are slim. Hopefully, one of many candidates will shine.

  • Rooting for the underdogs and undercats

    The 51-year drought of no national titles for any of my three Cleveland sports teams continues with the Cavaliers’ loss in this year’s NBA finals.

    My hometown is desperate for a winner and disappointed by the outcome of the six-game series, which ended in Cleveland on June 16. Even with about 30 seconds left in that last game, the team came back to within two possessions of tying the score and never gave up.

  • Safety is first in summertime

    To the editor:

    It’s that time of year when all motorists should be advised that safety is first. Holden Beach is known as “the family beach,” so let’s keep it that way.

    Motorists: Please be considerate of bicycles, as they are legal and have to follow rules just as any motor vehicle does. During this busy holiday, everyone should slow down, be courteous and considerate of bicycles.

    Let’s have a fun and safe holiday and please do not drink and drive!

    P.J. Allen

    Holden Beach

  • You decide: Can we remake ourselves?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Some say the next several decades will be the “age of remakes.”

    I don’t mean old films that have new versions produced, nor do I mean personal style remakes –– like new clothes and a new hair fashion –– although most would agree I certainly need the latter. Instead, I mean an “occupational remake,” where a person literally restructures what he or she does to earn a living.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 14 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 General Assembly, the House passed a gun rights bill after much debate; we passed a bill improving the Voter ID system for 2016; we passed a bill benefitting our local government’s health plans; and the Senate passed its version of the state budget.

    The weather in Raleigh last week continued to be very hot outside with record temperatures and humidity. The debate on such issues as the gun rights bill and the budget kept temperatures inside at a high level, also.

  • Volunteers brighten small children’s lives

    It truly takes a generous person to offer time, a caring concern and a commitment to brighten the life of a small child.

    That is what our wonderful volunteers do once a month at our diaper giveaway event. These are moms helping moms from all walks of life, contributing items for the less fortunate by donating diapers, wipes, baby clothing and other needed items. These volunteers are special individuals.