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Today's Opinions

  • Pray for an end to opiate addiction

    To the editor:

    There is a serious opiate addiction crisis facing our state, and personally our county, creating more crime, homelessness, overpopulated institutions and the list goes on. Authorities across the nation have expressed deepest concern over the spread of addiction that is crippling our nation. This trend touches all demographics and all corners of society, with the nation’s death rate from opioid overdoses now surpassing total deaths from homicides and car accidents combined.

  • Sunset Lakes deserves share of tax dollars

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

    To the editor:

    Shirking responsibility and failing to provide equal services to all citizens, Sunset Beach Town Council on June 20 embarked on a new path to block equal distribution of our tax money. This time it is “legal precedent.” But first, let’s sidetrack the issues and pass a motion to research the methods used in the annexation of Sunset Lakes.

  • Assimilation is the hallmark of true immigrants

    To the editor:

    When a freshman arrives at the college or university of his choice, he often brings preconceived ideas; however, he may not have anticipated the deeply ingrained and unique traditions of the institution.

  • Tell Rabon to support HB 206

    To the editor:

    The N.C. Senate has the opportunity to take up an important health bill in the upcoming special session that will affect many families with loved ones suffering from cancer.

  • Columnists offer expertise this journalist can’t

    Journalists have been known to describe themselves as knowing a little bit about a lot of things while being experts at nothing.

    I’ve accumulated filing cabinets full of story clippings from the course of my career since my time in J-School at UNC-Chapel Hill, but I’m still no closer to being an ace on any topic other than my own life and experiences. I’m not sure it qualifies me to offer meaningful advice to many people through my weekly columns.

  • Library move suits growth, reflects changing functions

    Last month, members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to transform the South Brunswick Island Center into the new Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    The county will take possession of the SBIC (not to be confused with the South Brunswick Interchurch Council) from Brunswick Community College in January, having agreed May 1 to buy it from the college for $1.7 million. The price reflects its listed tax value for 2015, but County Manager Ann Hardy said a much more recent rough estimate for the current value is about $1.2 million.

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    Once again our generous and compassionate community has risen to the challenge.

    Residents, businesses and visitors have responded to Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support. More than 767 pounds of peanut butter and jelly were donated by your friends and neighbors.

  • Clarifying state legislature and transportation forum comment

    To the editor:

    Thank you to The Brunswick Beacon for covering the July 18 District 5 Leadership Forum on transportation. I greatly appreciate North Carolina Department of Transportation division engineer Karen Collette and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization director Mike Kozlosky taking time to meet with citizens in northern Brunswick County.