Today's Opinions

  • Congress quietly creates a new health care crisis

    By Pamela Tripp

    Guest Columnist

    A virulent flu season is under way and the number of opioid overdoses

    continues to climb, yet our public health is more vulnerable than ever because Community Health Centers like CommWell Health are running out of time and money.

    Critical funding for our program expired Oct. 1, 2017. Since then, all health centers have been operating under a “funding cliff.”

  • Sunset Beach accomplished much last year

    By Robert A. Forrester

    Guest Columnist

    During calendar year 2017, Sunset Beach town staff and town council addressed and accomplished a substantial number of matters. A brief synopsis follows:


  • Governor right, Leland wrong in their water safety actions

    To the editor:

    While I often don’t agree with Gov. Roy Cooper, his criticism of the legislature’s failure to act on GenX is right. The difference between House and Senate versions of House Bill 189 is how much money would they spend to study GenX and who will get the funds.

    Neither version provides funds for remediation. They both recommend actions to update the permitting process.

    The legislature needs to compromise and pass HB189. Our government has a responsibility to assure we have clean and safe drinking water.

  • Thank you for supporting Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter

    To the editor:

    Our thanks to Scott and Pam Martin, Putter the Squirrel and the generous customers of Fantasy Ice Cream and Golf for their support of Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. We are a volunteer-run organization that depends on our community.

    Thus, we also thank The Brunswick Beacon for including us in the charming cartoon that graced your editorial page last week!

    We speak for our pelicans, owls, shore birds and songbirds by tweeting and hooting our heartfelt gratitude.

    Mary Ellen Rogers, Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter director

  • It all starts with us

    To the editor:

    Because I have been homebound for some time now, I have had the opportunity of seeing some of the best and much of the worst from Americans after the terrible shooting in Parkland, Fla. What is wrong with us?

  • Ban military-style assault weapons

    To the editor:

    This is a call to action to all residents of Brunswick County to help ban military-style assault weapons.

    There is no legitimate reason for anyone, other than law enforcement officials, to own these weapons. Assault weapons have only one purpose: killing on a massive and brutal scale.

  • Sunset Beach bamboozles neighborhoods

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council has a new balance of voting power and hopefully new logic. No longer can doing the wrong thing versus the right thing to avoid setting a precedent be tolerated. Image trying to explain to a young child that you cannot do what is right by him or her because you treated the older brothers and sisters unfairly and to change would not be fair to the older siblings?

  • Vote them all out

    To the editor:

    Here’s a thought: Vote out every incumbent, regardless of party affiliation.

    It may get the attention of “career” politicians and solve the problem of term limits at the same time!

    Lorraine Hiester

    Ocean Isle Beach