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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    Once again our generous and compassionate community has risen to the challenge.

    Residents, businesses and visitors have responded to Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support. More than 767 pounds of peanut butter and jelly were donated by your friends and neighbors.

  • Clarifying state legislature and transportation forum comment

    To the editor:

    Thank you to The Brunswick Beacon for covering the July 18 District 5 Leadership Forum on transportation. I greatly appreciate North Carolina Department of Transportation division engineer Karen Collette and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization director Mike Kozlosky taking time to meet with citizens in northern Brunswick County.

  • Elect good stewards of natural resources

    To the editor:

    After attending the GenX forum at Brunswick Community College last Wednesday, it is clear that one, the experts have different opinions concerning the quality of our water. and two, the legality of The Chemours Co. (a spinoff of DuPont) discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River is subject to investigation.

  • Bail amount discrepancies make no sense

    To the editor:

    I saw where Ricky Pruett is accused of hitting with his car and killing 17-year-old Daniel Fetner in Brunswick County but soon afterward was a free man, out of jail on $50,000 bail.

    Then I read where another man is alleged to have robbed someone at gunpoint, assaulted that person (apparently not enough to send the victim to the hospital, however), and charged with cocaine and marijuana possession. His bail was set at $75,000.

  • Market reflects well on leaders of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    My wife and I are long-time homeowners at Sunset Beach. Over the past couple of summers, we have greatly enjoyed visiting the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach.

    As a former health system administrator, I routinely marvel at the amount of hard work, administrative skill and dedication to excellence shown by the group managing the market. As I see it, they must identify, recruit, coordinate and manage multiple vendors, and then bring them together smoothly with the many patrons of the event each week.

  • You decide: Why can’t we get the economy just right?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife is a great cook, and she makes fabulous varieties of soups. My favorite is her lentil soup. It’s both tasty and healthy!

    Sometimes my wife and I disagree over the temperature of the soup. Remember the Goldilocks’ saying about the soup not being too hot or too cold, but instead being just right? Well, my wife and I don’t see eye-to-eye over what is the “just right” temperature for soup, since she likes it hotter than me.

  • Opioid epidemic and spread of addiction crisis are akin to terrorism

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    We all worry hardcore terrorism may one day be normal in the U.S. Thankfully, the Department of Homeland Security has, thus far, kept it at bay. But are we really as safe as we think?

  • When duty calls for a whirlwind trip to the mountains

    My plan last Wednesday was to leave the office early that afternoon, then head to my parents’ house to spend the night before driving father down Interstate 40 the next day to Asheville for my first North Carolina Press Association meeting as a soon-to-be official member of the board. My term as president of the North Carolina Association of Community Newspapers begins next Tuesday, Aug. 1.