Today's Opinions

  • Applause for Seaside Friends in Concert II

    To the editor:

    On Sunday evening, I was privileged to attend Seaside Friends in Concert II at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

    The concert featured four very consummate sopranos from North Carolina: Catherine Kelly, Sallie Hedrick Bowman, Jennifer Hudson-Santos and Linda Ladrick. They were accompanied by Kathryn Parker, minister of music at Seaside.

  • ACA repeal would have dire effects

    To the editor:

    Repealing the Affordable Care Act will have wide-ranging and destructive consequences, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.

    After Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, and subsidies are eliminated, an additional 32 million would be uninsured by 2026; premiums would rise and double by 2026, above what they would be under the ACA.

  • Spring is the perfect time to get reacquainted with our wildlife

    My favorite season is fall, but since I’ve lived here in Brunswick County, spring has become a close second.

    Spring’s arrival a week after my birthday and on my Grandma Torok’s birthday means the cold weather is gone until next fall, my car is getting coated with yellow-green pollen and my cats begin the seasonal shedding of their winter coats.


  • My Michigan turn tutorial

    I understand from my colleague Laura Lewis that construction in the south end of Brunswick County is almost complete on a new set of Michigan turns.

    So to the Sunset Beach, Calabash and Carolina Shores crowds joining the fraternity of drivers not allowed to make a left turn onto U.S. 17 without making a right turn and driving the wrong way first, I want to be the first to publicly welcome you to slot track racing.

    Covering the northern end of Brunswick County gives me lots of opportunities to slingshot around the Michigan turns in that area.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we heard the State of the State address from Gov. Roy Cooper, we introduced and passed several important education bills, and we introduced more local bills for Brunswick County.

  • No matter how it’s reported, truth doesn’t have to make sense

    Mark Twain famously said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” I can’t help but guess whether he came up with this quote based on the newspaper experience had had in his storied career.

    I wonder what he would have thought of this doozy of a situation I dealt with the other week.

    I came to the office to find a message that a man came to the Beacon wanting to talk to a reporter. He’d left his phone number.

    Since all our reporters were on assignment, I took it upon myself to give him a call.

  • American Health Care Act hurts older Americans

    To the editor:

    The American Health Care Act, which is being debated in Congress, would mean higher prices, less coverage and billions in tax breaks for big drug and insurance companies. The legislation would increase costs, weaken Medicare (opening the door to vouchers) and make it harder for seniors to get the services they need to live independently as they age. And, it includes an “age tax,” a tax on the cost of health care for everyone 50 to 64 years old.

  • Neighborhood efforts deserve support, praise

    To the editor:

    I wanted to respond to Duane Lewis’ letter in the March 9 edition. While it is obvious he is passionate about his feelings toward Sunset Beach Town Council members, he also made some inflammatory remarks about the homeowners in Sunset Lakes.

    In no way does Mr. Lewis represent the HOA. Yes, he was the past chairman of the HOA, but he does not sit on the HOA board. Four of five streets were affected by the road blown out during Hurricane Matthew. The road Mr. Lewis lives on was not part of the affected neighborhood.