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Today's Opinions

  • We all must work to prevent child abuse

    Last week, two people were charged with murder in the death of David Stuart, who suffered horrific abuse as a toddler here in Brunswick County.

    Each was arrested almost 21 years to the day the boy was first taken to an area hospital to be treated for his massive injuries, including broken legs, puncture wounds and bruises, brain damage that robbed him of the ability to speak and left him with partial sight, and burns that disfigured his genitals.

  • County’s child poverty rate is alarming, unethical

    Reasonable people understand children

    are not responsible for the conditions into which they are born: healthy or diseased, wealthy or poor, cherished or forgotten.

    The most recent report released March 28 by NC Child shows more than half — 55.4 percent — of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes.

    Myriad studies and ample research has shown us how important it is to nurture children, especially early in their development.

  • Exercise patience, caution in traffic with road projects, tourists

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, at least five road construction projects are under way in Brunswick County, including installation of the newest roundabout at Ocean Isle Beach Road SW, Causeway Drive and Beach Drive SW in Ocean Isle Beach. Crews are working to complete it by Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff of our tourist season.

    Just days after the official start of spring, NCDOT announced a rehabilitation project for the G.V. Barbee Bridge in Oak Island will begin in September and continue through May 2019.

  • Offshore drilling resolution failure is a stand against citizens

    For months, an overwhelming majority of the electorate who voiced opinions about seismic testing and offshore drilling emphatically and repeatedly stated their objections to both.

    In response, Brunswick County commissioners in January reversed a July 6, 2015, resolution that endorsed state and federal government steps to allow for these activities along the Atlantic coast.

  • Sunset Beach’s updated cabana ordinance confounds

    Sunset Beach Town Council members are within their rights to restrict beach cabanas as they see fit on behalf of the citizens they are elected to serve.

    But their March 5 vote to prohibit commercial cabana vendors and rental enterprises from erecting or removing cabanas for customers on the beach leaves too many residents, vacationers and business owners scratching their heads ... again.

    Some still argue that cabanas are not only unsightly, but also take up too much real estate on Sunset Beach, the smallest of Brunswick County’s beaches.

  • Demand and protect government openness

    Carolina Shores hosted a Sunshine Week open house Tuesday morning at town hall, just as it has for the past several years.

    Sunshine Week, observed this year March 11-17, is an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government.

    Here in the Tar Heel State, there are two sunshine laws: its open meetings law and its public records law.

  • How we report on our local candidates for office

    The filing period is over for the May 8 primary and Nov. 6 general election. Filing for county Soil & Water District candidates begins at noon Monday, June 11, and is open until noon Friday, July 6, while filing for judicial candidates begins Monday, June 18, and is open until Friday, June 29. These elections are held during the general election Nov. 6.

    But we felt it appropriate to review now how the Beacon covers news about candidates.

    The Beacon does not endorse candidates. That practice will not change this year.

  • Proposed insurance rate hikes threaten county

    Brunswick County’s population continues to boom, spurring economic development efforts and fueling new businesses while also prompting infrastructure improvement plans to meet growth.

    Two recent requests by the North Carolina Rate Bureau threaten to bring it all to an abrupt halt.

    The bureau, which represents all companies writing property insurance in the state, filed notice in November asking for a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates for 2018.