Today's Opinions

  • As of Nov. 1 , winter has arrived

    “Aren’t you cold?”

    I heard that question at least twice Saturday, making Nov. 1 the unofficial/official start of winter.

    I went to the Riverwalk Park at Belville to see how the barbecuing was going at the Bikes Boots and BBQ festival.

    Unfortunately, the event was rained out due to the downpours that hit early Saturday morning.

  • Recalling my time at UNC with professor at center of scandal

    Like all of my fellow UNC-Chapel Hill graduates, I was sickened to read the findings of a nine-month investigation into alleged fake classes offered to athletes at the university.

    Until then, I was confident in proclaiming the problems began after I’d graduated. The investigation led by former Homeland Security adviser and FBI agent Kenneth Wainstein, however, found the trouble began while I was still a student.

  • Honor medical-surgical nurses

    To the editor:

    We would like to honor medical-surgical nurses during Medical-Surgical Nurses Week. Medical-surgical nurses focus every day on caring compassionately for patients and families. The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has designated a special week to shift that focus to the nurses themselves. Grand Strand Medical Center will participate in a national celebration of medical-surgical nurses during Medical-Surgical Nurses Week, Nov. 1-7. These nurses are being celebrated for their dedication, skills and heroism.

  • Thank you for story coverage, opportunities

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank managing editor Jackie Torok and The Brunswick Beacon for the story Laura Lewis did about my barn, Bryan Varnam and I in last week’s edition. It was and is so special to me. Bryan and I enjoyed Laura’s interview so much.

  • Shame on letter writer, not commissioners

    To the editor:

    Shame on Michael Herring for his Oct. 23 letter to the editor using the death of my mother, Emily DiStasio, for political purposes. The Calabash Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the town, was most gracious to me and my family honoring my mother with a bereavement wreath at Calabash Town Hall, lowering the flag to half-staff and, along with the employees, attending her funeral. I also understand at the last meeting Mayor Mary Knight read quite a tribute to my mother’s 14 years of service to this town. I only wish I had been invited to hear it.

  • Trying to be everywhere at once

    Remember how I wrote the other week about how great it is we have so much going on in Brunswick County at this time of year?

    I take it back. It’s not as great as I thought it was, and here’s why: We apparently have a minimum of four big events happening on a given weekend and I’ve got three reporters on staff. And as spectacular as they are, they can’t be everywhere at once. Plus, my repeated (some might say ridiculous) requests for a device to clone them continue to be ignored.

  • 15 helpful tips for voting in 2014

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.org and call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.

    Here are 15 tips to make your voting experience easier, which we’ve vetted through the State Board of Elections:

  • Elect leader who demonstrates compassion

    To the editor:

    I was invited to an event for this candidate in Hillsborough. We who care about animals were alarmed that the mild sanctions put into place to protect dogs in puppy mills was adamantly fought against by state Sen. Bill Rabon in District 8, who is a veterinarian. This is both scary and alarming.