Today's Opinions

  • Action needed to address homelessness

    Brunswick County’s homeless population may be better hidden than in other communities across the state and nation, but it does exist.

    On Nov. 21, the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition hosted its fourth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport in observance of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness. A soup and water luncheon followed presentations from various groups outlining the scope of the issue in our community.

  • Sunset Beach council makes correct call on vacancy

    While it may not be clear whether Terry Johnson’s resignation from Sunset Beach Town Council after serving two years of a four-year term was expected, it seemed most were taken by surprise when he tendered it on Election Day, Nov. 3.

  • School board schism may doom bond proposal

    We said in an editorial last month there was no reason to think the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners would not allow the 2016 general election ballot to include a bond referendum for Brunswick County Schools. We said there is already no doubt the school district needs money to meet the needs of its students.

    On Nov. 3, school board vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen voted to approve a $175 million bond referendum request.

  • BSRI's growth bodes well for future

    U.S. Census Bureau data for 2014 show 27 percent of Brunswick County’s 118,836 residents is made up of people 65 and older. Our county has long been touted as ideal not only for vacationers looking for a quiet getaway, but also for retirees seeking a relaxed lifestyle.

    It is the senior citizen population that makes Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. so vital to our community. BSRI is the lead not-for-profit agency providing programs and services specifically designed for adults 60 and older in Brunswick County.

  • Board of commissioners should heed taxpayers’ will

    Most of us would think twice before dropping $35,000 on a new vehicle or $350,00 on a new home. We would do some research to make sure we were getting a fair deal on a sound investment and take time to carefully consider all options before agreeing to a final price.

  • Get out and vote Nov. 3

    Election Day 2015 is nearly upon us. This week’s edition includes questionnaires from candidates in contested races for this year’s general election within the Beacon’s coverage area. Because no candidate forums or debates were held in Calabash or Sunset Beach, we included responses to questionnaires returned by candidates in each of those municipal races.

  • Mayor’s indictment exposes consortium’s negligence

    It has been nearly a month since Brunswick County prosecutors detailed the indictments against Harry Simmons, the mayor of Caswell Beach: 18 felonies related to his service as chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium. He stands accused of embezzling $673,304.07 from funds earmarked for the consortium’s lobbying efforts.

  • An easy way to improve annual event

    After the possibility of inclement weather led to cancellation of this year’s Brunswick County Intercultural Festival at Brunswick Community College, it seemed massive rainfall was about to wash out the chance to celebrate Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach this year, too.