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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Can pro sports spur economic development?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Anyone visiting my home office immediately knows something obvious about me. The multitude of red baseball hats shows I’m a big Cincinnati Reds fan. Born in that city along the Ohio River, I followed “Big Klu” (Ted Kluszewski) in the 1950s, Frank Robinson in the 1960s and then I basked in the glory days of the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. I still try to make it to at least one game a year, and on other days I avidly follow the box scores of completed games.

  • Thank you to businesses for support

    To the editor:

    The South Brunswick High School Parent Advisory Council would like to thank the following businesses for their support of our “Teacher of the Month” and “Teacher Kudos of the Month” throughout the school year.

  • Don’t be fooled by local climate action proposal

    To the editor:

    Regarding the story in last week’s edition about the Mayors National Climate Action proposal in Sunset Beach, don’t be fooled!

    When they tell you, “It’s not a political situation,” you know it is a big Democratic scheme to push their agenda. They were beaten in November and four out of four special elections since then. Their only hope is to go after the big cities where they can buy votes.

    Let’s not get fooled here in Brunswick County.

    Conrad Stout

    Sunset Beach

  • Welcome back, Sam Hickman

    To the editor:

    Being a subscriber of The Brunswick Beacon, I wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to see the return of Sam Hickman.

    My wife and I have a second home in Sea Trail, and my family had a retail store years ago in Shallotte and later in Southport: J.S. Mann’s.

  • End-of-Grade testing times make no sense

    To the editor:

    I was disturbed by what I encountered recently while monitoring/proctoring a fourth-grade N.C. End-of-Grade mathematics test at an elementary school in Brunswick County at the end of the school year.

    The test was three hours in length. It started at 9:38 a.m. By 10:18 a.m., one brilliant student had finished the test. A few minutes later, another brilliant student had finished the test. Other brilliant students finished along the way, with the last brilliant student finishing the test at 12:28 p.m.

  • Story didn’t adequately summarize comments

    To the editor:

    My public address comments at the June 6 meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen were not adequately summarized in the June 15 Beacon story on that meeting.

    I addressed the board about three matters. The first was concerning the problem created on Shallotte Avenue by adding the sidewalk, which caused mailboxes to be placed too close to road, making it nearly impossible for two vehicles to meet each other safely. I did mention the construction traffic, but that was because having large construction vehicles on the road exacerbated the problem.

  • Still no need to hunt gators

    To the editor:

    I attended the forum on alligator management recently held in Bolivia. I thought the presentation by the staff was very well handled.

    Despite it being an open meeting, very few were in attendance and yet the staff thought it had been one of the best-attended forums.

  • A little bit of bother, with a lot of fun and frolic

    First off this week, let me get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way with a reminder about submitting letters to the editor for publication.

    Just the other week, I was raving about how great it was to be so inundated with them they left no room for my column. The volume has since tapered off a bit, in part because I’d received some we’re not going to publish under any circumstance.