Today's Opinions

  • I hope I didn’t scare you

    I recently had a town official tell me that they thought a story I wrote was inaccurate.

    But in describing the response to the story, the administrator said the town had received numerous calls about the issue.

  • Brunswick County news patterns don’t mirror trends elsewhere

    There’s an old saying in journalism when it comes to how and where stories are reported: “If it bleeds, it leads.” What that means is, the juicier, gorier or more salacious news is, the more likely it is to be the top story.

    In my two decades or so in this business, circulation numbers seem to bear out that tired adage. For all the lamenting over a lack of good, positive news, it’s generally the bad news that sells best.

  • Museum thanks OIB establishments

    The Touch Tank at the Museum of Coastal Carolina is a popular attraction, a place where visitors can interact with fish, sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, horseshoe crabs, conch and other live animals.

    On Fridays at 11 a.m., visitors are invited to help docents feed the Touch Tank animals. More live animals live out of sight “behind-the-scenes” in quarantine and holding tanks. All of these animals have healthy appetites and must be fed several times a week. These animals have very discriminating palates: they prefer fresh shrimp and clams. Nothing else will do.

  • Health care insurance deadline approaching

    To the editor:

    There is a fast approaching deadline to sign up for health care insurance for the remainder of 2014 and receive a subsidy if you qualify. Registration via the marketplace and payment are due no later than March 31.

    The Brunswick Beacon, Novant, Loris and Columbus hospitals and several other sponsors conducted informative sessions at Brunswick Community College and at the health expo this past Saturday to educate the uninsured on the Affordable Care Act.

  • Republican booths inappropriate at event

    To the editor:

    This past weekend, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Home and Garden Show at the Sea Trail Convention Center. Most of the booths at the show suggested a home and/or garden theme. The show allows attendees to visit local venders for home and garden needs.

  • Public records don’t lie

    To the editor:

    President Truman once bluntly stated to a reporter: “Public records don’t lie, but politicians do!”

    In a letter to the Beacon before the election, former Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker stated: “The town is financially sound.” This message was repeated in a one-page $1,900 ad by Ed Gore supporting town council incumbents and in the town’s annual report.

  • Mad Inlet story appreciated

    To the editor:

    A word of thanks to the Beacon for a well-written article, “Panel vote may help lift Sunset Beach inlet hazard designation.” The article explained in easy to follow detail what was and is occurring concerning the inlet designation. A special thanks to Sunset Beach resident Sue Weddle, who it appears, has done much to help persuade the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) advisory council to not lift the Mad Inlet hazard designation.

  • Thanks to staff in Sunset Beach