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Today's Opinions

  • Criticism should apply to both political parties

    To the editor:

    In his July 7 letter, Thomas McGrath excludes Democratic policy preferences from the same criticism he imposes upon Republicans. McGrath claims among “... GOP ... national policy beliefs, ... tax cuts pay for themselves.”

  • Time to work for common good

    Please, America, we have to stop. Just simply stop and take a hard look at ourselves. We have come to a dangerous place.

    We must stop the incitement to violence: our words, our media images, our hatred, our greed, our lust for power. Our choices now are critical, for our nation, as well as our entire global existence. We cannot afford to be careless in our decisions.

  • OIB police officer Aycock helpful, professional

    To the editor:

    I am the owner of Emma Rose Fishing Charters, which recently had two Yeti coolers stolen by the “Cooler Culprit.” Capt. Brody Heath immediately reported the crime to Ocean Isle Beach police and we did not really expect much to happen.

  • Transparency and order are needed in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    As a non-resident property owner who has been paying Sunset Beach taxes for 35 years, I learned a lot on a recent two-week visit.

    I attended a council meeting June 6 and learned audience members aren’t allowed to ask questions, even if they don’t understand what was just presented.

    I learned council members can and do have secret meetings where just two are present, because if three are present it is a meeting and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. No wonder there are so many 3-2 votes!

  • BFA needs Christmas in July assistance

    To the editor:

    As the school year winds down and children enjoy a couple of months of summer fun, it is time for us to prepare for the Christmas in July program.

    We are seeking sponsors, much like the Tree of Hope, to adopt a child and buy them back-to-school supplies and a new outfit to start the school year.

    Backpacks can be purchased for $5 at Seaside Embroidery at 4519 Main St. in Shallotte.

    This program helps the children of Brunswick County who are verified by BFA as being at 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • Why are there seashells in Grand Canyon?

    To the editor:

    Fossils of sea creatures are found in rock layers high above sea level. This is just one more piece of evidence of the truth of God’s Word.

  • Tranquility, fulfillment found in lawn mowing

    Thanks to staff writer Brian Slattery, my not-so-secret secret was revealed last week to our readership: I enjoy yard work.

    Specifically, I love mowing the lawn.

  • We have been Mark Twained by Laura Lewis

    Here in the Beacon newsroom, Laura Lewis is our Mark Twain.

    While most of you know she is a very good writer, that, however, is not what I meant.

    It’s better than that.

    Laura has run a scam this summer that Tom Sawyer would be proud of.

    Now before I go any further, I'll admit upfront I did go back and double-check that I meant to say Tom Sawyer and not Huckleberry Finn.