Today's Opinions

  • Sunset Beach needs better mosquito control plans

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Hall claims they have not had enough complaints to spray for mosquitoes. If memory serves, this is the same excuse they used last year. I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but it seems to me the town should have a regular schedule of spraying such as it had years ago. They should be proactive, not reactive.

  • Sunset Beach spends money irresponsibly

    To the editor:

    I just received my tax bill for Brunswick County and Sunset Beach and was shocked to see the amount my taxes increased in one year. Sunset Beach tax increased $168, or an increase of 51 percent. This is from a town whose board said we were financially sound and no additional taxes would be needed.

  • Stupid sign for stupid drivers

    To the editor:

    Just south of the Thomasboro Road intersection at U.S. 17, there’s a sign that reads “Vehicle Entering Highway” with flashing yellow lights when that occurs. Farther south is the intersection of Hickman Road and U.S. 17. It is assumed that vehicles traveling south on U.S. 17 are going to slow down when the lights are flashing to be on the lookout for stupid drivers coming from Hickman Road entering U.S. 17 South or crossing the highway over the median to go north on U.S. 17.

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.

  • Next time, commissioner, don’t hold back

    It is a shame about Huey Marshall. I won’t debate marijuana laws or even hazard a guess about what year North Carolina will put legalizing it on a ballot as other states are doing. He is accused of breaking the law, which is unacceptable in his position, or former position, as Brunswick County’s county attorney.

    But I can understand why he might have done it: He had to work with county commissioners, and that can be stressful. I only have to sit through a couple meetings a month and often I could use a drink afterward.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to enable the death penalty to be carried out, we had a long budget meeting for public input and we saw many bills finally moving through committees.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 18 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • Tax redistribution will hurt our economy

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist