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Today's Opinions

  • Weighing in on last edition

    To the editor:

    My sincere opinions pertaining to the following articles in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon:

    Thank you for your column in regard to Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. I wholeheartedly agree with all you state.

    Chief Presiding Justice of Superior Court of Brunswick County Marion R. Warren has “proven beyond all reasonable doubt” that he is worthy to become an appellate presiding justice of the court in Raleigh. All residents of Brunswick County are fortunate to have him.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House and Senate held no voting sessions for almost two weeks, so there was no column in this series last week. There were “skeleton sessions” held to comply with the constitution, which says we must meet every four days while in session. These sessions are attended by members who live in the immediate area or are in Raleigh for other reasons. No votes are taken, but bills can be received from the other chamber and moved in and out of committees from the floor during these sessions.

  • Last-minute training for high school reunion ain't for sissies

    It’s strenuous and stressful but not impossible.

    As the late, always-in-shape Jack LaLanne might’ve said before his 78th Berkeley High School gathering (if there was one) — you, too, can start training for your high school reunion no matter where on the horizon it may be looming. And, believe me, m’dears, it is looming.

    For some time now, I’ve been trying to shape up for my own milestone high school reunion, whose number shall remain discreet because, blissfully, I can’t remember what it is.

  • Canopies needed for cancer prevention

    To the editor:

    My family has been vacationing at Sunset Beach for more than two decades. I was surprised when I heard rumors during our July visit that tents on the beach may be prohibited in the future. As a dermatologist, I am distressed to hear this is being considered.

  • Becoming vegan reduces pollution

    To the editor:

    Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo, Ohio, residents was fouled by animal waste.

    With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Sunset Beach should take Twin Lakes gift

    To the editor:

    Anyone who has taken the short drive from Lakeshore Drive’s west to east end along N.C. 179 should be pleased with the beauty of Twin Lakes and the marsh bordering the Intracoastal Waterway.

    It is an asset to Sunset Beach and a draw for residents and tourists alike. The cleanliness of the lakes, especially East Lake, is outstanding. For 25 years, residents attempted to control the weed and algae growth and came close; under town management, it was controlled in one year.

  • County drivers ignore basic safety feature, state law

    To the editor:

    In the interests of public service, I’d like to point out an apparent omission from the Brunswick County edition of the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driving manual. There is, behind the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the steering column, a lever called a “turn signal indicator.” When depressed, it causes lights to flash, front and rear, on the left of the vehicle; when pushed upward, the same thing happens on the right side.

  • Immigration is out of control

    To the editor:

    Adoption is not the answer for people crossing our southern border. They should not be here, period! Our border should be closed except for official business.

    All immigration should be processed through proper channels with a specified number each year. We have 145 million people drawing a government check, excluding veterans. We have 46 million on food stamps and 50 thousand crossing our border. We only have 85 million working taxpayers. Using very basic math, should this information tell us anything?