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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Should North Carolina borrow money to build?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolinians are being asked to consider a big mortgage for the state. Totaling $2 billion, the mortgage would allow the state to build a variety of projects, including university and community college facilities, water and sewer infrastructure and recreational offerings.

    There are two key questions for voters to ponder: First, is mortgage financing appropriate? Second, are the projects worthy?

  • Major crime plus national notoriety equals front-page news

    After another mammoth Powerball drawing, it’s a good time to address the Beacon’s coverage of its most famous Brunswick County winner and her boyfriend.

    Go back to July 2014, when a high-speed chase led to the arrest of Kevin Jermaine Hankins of Supply in what was then the largest seizure ever of heroin — more than 8,000 bindles, or doses — in Brunswick County.

  • Shelter appreciates Paws-Ability support

    To the editor:
    In 2007, the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter opened its door to injured and orphaned wild birds. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it is completely dependent upon donations.
    After a couple of years of growing and evolving in Brunswick County, we and Paws-Ability each became aware of our similar missions to save animals. Bless Janie Withers and Ellen Rothenberg and the rest of the board who nurture that organization.

  • God does not cause evil

    To the editor:
    “God Isn’t Fixing This” was the New York Daily News front page banner commenting on the prayers offered for those slaughtered in San Bernardino, Calif. To put it another way, God isn’t going to send a legion of angels to strike down terrorists before they commit another atrocity.
    Well, so it may be, but God doesn’t cause evil. Evil is man’s misuse of God’s gift of free will, and all the evil man can do will never thwart God’s will for man’s eternal good.

  • Father Time, New Year’s baby, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Terri Niland

    Guest Columnist

    Less than two weeks ago, a high school friend of mine and I continued our long-standing New Year’s Eve tradition. We touched base at 11:55 p.m., chatted for a few moments, wished one another a Happy New Year while the Crystal Ball in Times Square dropped, and then went to sleep.

  • HBPOA issues response to editorial on ordinance

    I am the president of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA) and I am writing in response to the Jan. 7 editorial on the Holden Beach noise ordinance in order to clarify statements about the actions of the HBPOA.

    At our membership meeting April 4, 2015, a motion was made and unanimously passed to recommend that the town of Holden Beach consider adopting Brunswick County’s noise ordinance, since the county’s ordinance was more specific and called for measuring noise decibel levels to determine if there is excessive noise.

  • A year in review from Congress

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    At the outset of my first year serving in Congress, I laid out three main priorities to focus on in order to help make America prosperous at home and strong abroad while also addressing the unique needs of the 7th Congressional district.

  • Guest columns, letters, different viewpoints always welcome

    Let me call your attention this week to Tom Myers’ guest column on the opposite page. In it, he offers a concise and thoughtful response to last week’s editorial about Holden Beach’s revised noise ordinance.

    It marks at least the third time since I’ve been at the helm of this newspaper’s newsroom — and, as such, the writer of the editorial opinions of our editorial board — we’ve been able to publish a guest column (beyond a 300-word or less letter to the editor) responding directly to a position taken by the Beacon.