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Today's Opinions

  • There’s always plenty to do and celebrate in Brunswick County

    Either Beacon readers are exceptionally nice, or none noticed the headline error we published above the April 27 editorial and for which I apologized in my column last week. No one called, mailed or emailed me about it, anyway, so I’m leaning toward the former.

  • More great accomplishments by my greatest accomplishment

    By Angie Sutton

    General Manager

    Here we are four years later: My little Batman went to college and will graduate this Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in international affairs and pre-law.

    We found out last week he had been accepted to his first choice of law school, so here we go again, planning and apartment hunting. Didn’t I just do this?

  • On Campus with BCC: Singing praises of unsung heroes

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    It is the zealous efforts of individuals who often go unnoticed that allow Brunswick Community College to operate seamlessly. A light fixture that was not working one day is “magically” functioning the next. Colorful beds of flowers and manicured lawns bless the campus overnight. Cluttered hallways and lounges seemingly right themselves. These mysterious occurrences are the work of BCC’s unsung heroes. It is through their continuous commitment to excellence and dedicated devotion that our campus thrives.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had “crossover week,” which meant double committee meetings and long floor sessions, we passed more than 150 bills, including two overrides of the governor’s veto, and we still spent time with important visitors from home.

  • Respect and uphold basic rights for all

    To the editor:

    Maybe it’s because I can imagine my grandfather, as a child, arriving on a boat from Italy, or the three sisters from Austria, one who would become my great-grandmother, that I empathize with and support the rights of the latest immigrants and refugees.

    Recently, local law enforcement officials, at the request of residents, discussed policies and practices in Brunswick County.

  • Ask Burr and thank Rouzer for supporting palliative care

    To the editor:

    Having personally taken care of two family members who had Alzheimer’s disease, my late mother Yvonne and my father-in-law Alan, I am proud to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S. 693/H.R. 1676).

    PCHETA would ensure America has an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce through workforce training, education and awareness, and enhanced research. Palliative care and hospice are critical services for people in the advanced stages of this terminal disease.

  • Sunset Beach must regain respect it lost

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council will face responsibility or meet a concerted effort to be replaced.

    It is in the news spotlight too often in the negative. De-annexation, banning everything they can, threatening to disband a committee they commissioned because they did not like the findings, charging permitting fees for everything from garage sales to walking a dog … shame on the council for allowing this to go unchecked.

  • It is time to act against the fire of addiction

    To the editor:

    The opioid epidemic and the many ways we can combat it should be no-brainers, except our foe is powerful: thousands of users and pushers who are addicts and must use and push.

    Both user and pusher are driven to feed their habits. We, on the other hand, are just now uniting and determining who will do what — an excellent start, but still miles and miles to go.