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Today's Opinions

  • It is not too late to prepare for 2017 hurricane season

    Even before Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wrought their devastation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be extremely active — maybe the most active since 2010. In the first nine weeks of the 2017 season, which runs through Nov. 30, there were six named storms — twice as many as would typically form by early August.

  • Earlier Sunday alcohol sales make sense

    Gov. Roy Cooper on June 30 signed Senate Bill 155, called the “brunch bill” because it allows the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays with local government approval, into law.

    The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association lobbied hard for passage of the bill, touted by its sponsors as an added boost to the state’s hospitality and tourism industries.

  • An addiction recovery center for women? How you can help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, we are committed to helping men suffering from the disease of addiction reclaim their lives. Ours is a 12-week, no-cost, in-patient program that includes a whole lot of hope, love and encouragement.

    And God. Heaping big portions of God.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was another week of committee meetings at the North Carolina General Assembly, as well as community events and meetings. I had two transportation committees and two other transportation events, and other civic and veterans’ events.

  • You decide: Can debates over tax changes be resolved?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Few issues generate more discussion and debate than taxes. For example, my 90-year-old uncle is a quiet man, but a mention of taxes will set him to grumbling and complaining for almost an hour!

  • Thanks to all who made Holiday Happenings successful

    It’s Saturday night, and I’ve been back in the office for a few hours after we broke down our seventh annual Holiday Happenings Christmas show at Shallotte Middle School.

    I know some stores fired up the holiday tunes and started putting up Christmas decorations even before Halloween was over, but for the past four years, ever since I started working at the Beacon, our show has served as my official kickoff for this festive season.

  • Give thanks for all we have

    To the editor:

    As we approach Thanksgiving, I would like to share some thoughts with you.

    Thanksgiving can be broken up into two words: Thanks and giving.

    Let us give thanks for all the blessing we had received, blessings we have, and will be receiving especially all we take for granted like the air we breathe, things around us that fill all our senses, the beauty around us, waking up every morning to find we are so alive, our freedom/liberty and all the people around us. Let us give thanks not only on Thanksgiving, but all the days of our lives.

  • Don’t scrap H2GO reverse osmosis plans

    To the editor:

    On the eve of a local election that could spell the end of H2GO’s reverse osmosis water treatment plant project, I have and do firmly advocate for the continuation and completion of the project.

    Quite simply, I’m looking forward to clean water for the future.

    Municipalities using reverse osmosis treatment have the cleanest, purest water in the country.