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Today's Opinions

  • Thanking those who support animal care

    To the editor:

    I am so grateful for all the people in our county who care about animals and are supporting the efforts of Paws-Ability and rescue groups. Because of you, thousands of animals a year will be spayed/neutered and vaccinated against disease. Reducing the number of animals who enters our shelters will allow us to better care for those we have.

  • America is already great

    To the editor:

    Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are done, we can see the stark contrast between the two parties.

  • Brunswick Community College: The logical choice

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    A New York Times article, “Is College Worth It?” explores data related to rising student debt and the return on investment for individuals who attain some college credits. With student debt in 2015 at an all-time high, the question is a good one.

    According to research, however, “Going to college is a no-brainer. It is the most reliable ticket to the middle class and beyond.”

  • In worlds real or imaginary, it’s about passion

    Recently, someone said to me: “Why do you care so much about fictional characters? They’re fictional worlds. Make sure you come back to reality.”

    The question posed, and the statements after, naturally gave me pause, as loaded questions like that tend to do. And as I pondered I realized I had not one answer, but many, and at the same time, no answer at all. My reasons for loving what I do are too abstract and yet so solid in that I know my love for these things will never leave.

  • Correcting colleague’s claims

    To the editor:

    All citizens and public officials are entitled to submit their opinions to The Brunswick Beacon. However, elected officials have a special obligation not to distort the public record with statements that were never made in order to defend their decision.

    One of my colleagues wrote, “Expenses were not reduced.” Not correct. The staff, as instructed, reduced expenses in fiscal year 2017 by $268,000, nearly a 2 percent reduction, not to mention the reported surplus this past year.

  • Avoiding the sting of summer beach walks

    I was heading home last Friday night after enjoying an after-dinner beer with some of my coworkers when the breeze off the ocean and the clear sky proved irresistible, so I decided to take a last-minute detour to Ocean Isle Beach to walk along the shoreline.

  • Taken aback by Sunset Beach Town Council

    To the editor:

    I believe Ted Janes’ comments in last week’s edition ring true with much more than the majority of the citizens and taxpayers of Sunset Beach. I attended the June 21 council meeting, my first. Prior to going, I had asked a local business owner if he was going. He laughed, shook his head and said: “Kangaroo court!” Wow, his comment was spot on as well.

  • Attending RNC was an honor

    To the editor:

    It was an honor to be one of the three delegates from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, and the only one from Southport and from Brunswick County, to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The convention could not have been run more smoothly and with such a high level of security without planning by Cleveland, the RNC and more than 3,000 volunteers and about 3,000 security officers who kept planned protestors from even wanting to come to Cleveland.