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Today's Opinions

  • History offers context for ‘verify before trust’ advice

    To the editor:

    Verify before trust!

    A little history is in order to clarify this discovery. From 1955 until 1969, the backside of the Sunset Beach island was continuously modified. Canals were dug by the landowner and the dredged fill was used to build the peninsula of North Shore Drive. Feeder canals were dug so each lot would have water access.

    In June 2013, the General Assembly passed a bill allowing the town of Sunset Beach to impose a canal dredging and maintenance fee. The fund does not exist.

  • Town must get back to basics

    To the editor:

    To the citizens of Sunset Beach: I’ve had the honor of working on Sunset Beach Town Council for two years and have seen and heard all kinds of misinformation thrown about, but several of the letters to the editor in last week’s Beacon by current colleagues and candidates for town council misstate facts and offer innuendo that lead to character assassination, for lack of a better term.

  • Senior Tar Heel legislature report

    The Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) met Oct. 3 and 4 to elect new executive officers, review existing priorities and host several informative speakers as the year concludes.

    Outgoing speaker Dr. Althea Taylor-Jones was honored by the presence of students majoring in gerontology and enrolled in the public policy, aging and society class at Winston-Salem State University.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we held a very short session to override a veto by the governor, we were planning upcoming committee meetings and I was able to go back into our schools.

  • CIS Success Coaches can change student outcomes

    By Todd Beane

    Guest Columnist

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County’s (CIS) mission is built on student success. The CIS mission is to “surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” CIS Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program is a primary partner for providing opportunities and supporting student achievement and success in Brunswick County Schools.

  • Vote Harris for Sunset Beach Town Council

    To the editor:

    My husband and I have been permanent voting residents of Sunset Beach since 1997. One of the first people I met at an island coffee shop 20 years ago was Jan Harris. Even back then I was impressed by her knowledge of issues facing our town.

  • Council should not tolerate bully

    To the editor:

    As my time on Sunset Beach Town Council comes to a close, I am dismayed to read Rich Cerrato’s self-titled “Tax Payers’ Digest,” recently distributed to Sunset Beach voters.

    Why I am one of the people attacked in his report is a mystery, since I am not seeking re-election. Mr. Cerrato’s digest contains dozens of errors, insinuations and statements that do not reflect the whole picture of an issue, I assume in an effort to get selected candidates elected who will support his views on town business.

  • State losing its democracy

    To the editor:

    We are losing our democracy in North Carolina. The Republican super-majority in the Statehouse is rushing to ensure that North Carolina is a one-party state. They are working to gerrymander by computer down to the last household to increase their authoritarian control of our government. The have legislated severe encroachments to the governor’s powers. They are scrapping judicial primaries to make next year’s ballot long and confusing, hoping to give GOP candidates a permanent advantage in maintaining their majority.