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Today's Opinions

  • Help save college financial aid

    To the editor:

    The future of college financial aid is in dire straits.

    Pell Grants, which ensure low-income students the opportunity to attend college, are under attack in Congress.

    The FY17 spending agreement passed by Congress in May 2017 rescinded $1.3 billion from Pell Grants. This plan cut the grant program’s surplus, which is funding needed to pay for grants when the congressional prediction for how much aid is needed falls short.

  • Headline misapplied

    To the editor:

    The heading, “Clowns War Against Icons,” affixed to my letter in last week’s edition, was misapplied. Clowns, as well as our flag, the Constitution, the military and the family, among others, are the icons. The cultural, social, media and political elitists are those who have and are warring against our national icons.

    I am grateful to The Brunswick Beacon for publishing most of my letters.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores

  • Do your duty: Vote in elections

    To the editor:

    As a member of the armed forces for 28 years, I learned a great deal.

    I learned all of us have a responsibility to our country and our community. One of the most important duties we all share is to cast our ballot in all elections.

    The upcoming Sunset Beach Town Council election is one of the most important I have seen in our community. We have the opportunity to change the tenor of the council and move toward a more positive image.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.

  • Recovering from illness as flu season kicks off

    Hello again! I took last week off from column writing for two reasons:

    One, we had eight letters to the editor plus guest columns that left no space for my column.

    Two., I was still recovering from a mystery illness that robbed me of the previous weekend. My parents thought I sounded so sick, they alerted my kid brother to come down from Wilmington and take me to the nearest emergency room, believing I was too weak to put up a fight. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.