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Today's Opinions

  • New BCC tobacco policy is long overdue

    Although various studies indicate most people who try to quit smoking or using tobacco products do so cold turkey, they also indicate gradual cessation is a more successful strategy.

    The latter is the same approach Brunswick Community College is taking toward becoming a tobacco- and smoke-free campus by the fall semester of 2017.

  • Rest in peace, Sgt. Adam Schoeller

    It is easy to consider how members of our military put themselves in danger each time they enter a war zone, where casualties are not unexpected. We do not often realize how frequently they put themselves in harm’s way by training for that experience, even if they never engage in combat, until an accident happens.

    We do not often come to that realization unless such a tragedy strikes someone we know.

    Sgt. Adam Schoeller was one of us — not just because he was a Marine, but also because he married into our community.

  • Pets enhance health, sense of community

    In this week’s edition, in addition to a regular weekly column by Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, we profile a new program at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply that brings canine comfort to visitors. Called Wagging Welcome, it uses specially trained and groomed canine volunteers to meet and greet people at the hospital every weekday and shows the positive impact pets can have on people.

  • Volunteerism is important to goverance

    Often when people consider the concept of volunteerism, they think of it in terms of serving charities, like Habitat for Humanity, and civic organizations, like Kiwanis. It may not occur to them they can put their spare time toward guiding their local government and the direction of the communities in which they live.

    Within the past month, the Beacon has published appeals from Shallotte, Leland and Holden Beach for volunteers to serve on various municipal boards and committees.

  • Holden Beach noise ordinance cause for alarm

    Those who seek and are elected to public office, in most cases, should be praised for keeping their campaign promises.

    John Fletcher, Peter Freer, Kim Isenhour and Ashley Royal each vowed to revise Holden Beach’s noise ordinance if elected to the town’s board of commissioners in November. Eight days after taking their oath of office Dec. 8, they did exactly that.

  • Don’t put others at risk on New Year’s Eve

    Whether you plan to attend the New Year’s Eve Celebration sponsored by the Beacon at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. in Shallotte or ring in 2016 with the annual events in Calabash, at Shallotte Moose Lodge or Sharky’s in Ocean Isle Beach, please make sure your plans including getting home safely and without putting others at risk.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Kudos to school district, board for needed program

    With controversy still brewing over the Brunswick County Board of Education’s split decision to seek approval from the county board of commissioners to place a $152 million bond referendum on the November 2016 ballot, it seemed further discussion about and possible implementation of a day treatment program would be stymied until matters related to the bond proposal were settled.