Today's Opinions

  • Swamp park adventures, part II

    To bring you up to speed, two weeks ago a few of my Beacon coworkers and I were granted a preview of a zip line course at Shallotte River Swamp Park, which had its official grand opening last Friday. My colleagues completed the entire 10-line course, while I managed to finish 1¾ of it, having gotten myself stuck on my second effort because of vertigo, short arms and a sudden panic attack.

  • State will lose at least one local retiree

    To the editor:

    In sympathizing with John Comparetto’s letter in the May 28 edition, I am a retired public servant who also chose North Carolina as my place to retire. Big mistake!

    In my case, my Social Security income is very limited due in part to paying into our own pension plan and not Social Security. Now with North Carolina taking its state tax from my pension income, I plan on moving to a state that does not. Those states are both north and south of here.

  • Sunset Beach park brings community together

    To the editor:

    This is a thank-you letter to Sunset Beach town officials and employees, both past and present, for planning, developing and now maintaining Sunset Beach Town Park.

    In spite of roadblocks during construction, the park now is a huge enhancement to our community. It showcases the natural beauty of the area, encourages our community’s residents to be active and promotes community spirit.

  • Youth Sunday event inspires

    To the editor:

    I had the pleasure of attending Youth Sunday at Sharon United Methodist Church on May 31. Amazed, inspired and hopeful are just a few words that describe my experience in church that day.

    Because of a cold I was not able to stay for the full service, but I left feeling lighthearted and happy. What a wonderful group of young adults who led the service and sang so beautifully. Hats off to families who are raising their children to be kind and respectful.

    Helen Gabriel

    Holden Beach

  • Holden Beach causeway needs work

    To the editor:

    I’d like to follow up and support the letter by P.J. Allen from Charlotte in the June 4 edition regarding the causeway to Holden Beach.

    To put it mildly, it is an eyesore and a poor representation of Holden Beach. It’s rundown, undeveloped and is simply not appealing to those visiting our outstanding beach. It pales in comparison to Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach’s causeway. Why is that?

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    A milestone was set in January of this year. No, it wasn’t in sports, entertainment or politics — although there may have been some records established in those areas I missed. Instead, it was a milestone in our collective personal spending. For the first time, Americans spent more on eating out than on eating in. Specifically, we spent $50.475 billion eating in restaurants and other food outlets that month, compared to the $50.466 billion we paid for food in grocery stores and supermarkets.

  • Fighting against ‘waters of the United States’ rule

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist


    Last month, the Obama administration announced it would move forward with a rule that redefines the waters of the United States to potentially include any body of water, no matter how small or how temporary. This new definition would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory reach to seemingly any body of water — including that water puddled in your ditch after a rain storm.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the state House of Representatives, we considered override votes on two bills Gov. Pat McCrory had vetoed, we passed a major Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) bill and we discussed a major gun bill.

    The weather in Raleigh last week was cloudy and rainy, while the General Assembly had the clouds of two vetoed bills hanging over it. One veto override vote was successful, while the other bill has not yet been considered.