Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for successful business expo

    To the editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of myself and all vendors at Saturday’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo. Without the hard work of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Shannon Viera, Robyn Beliveau and Heather Buell, there would be no event.

  • Saturday events convey hometown connections

    I’m pleased to report the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s ninth annual SOUPer Bowl at Shallotte Presbyterian Church were each a rousing success this past Saturday.

    I didn’t make it to the latter event because I was working at the former with my friend, colleague and occasional stylist Nancy Nalewajek, the Beacon’s bookkeeper, but my friend, colleague and Beacon staff writer Laura Lewis did.

  • Thank you to Streetreach’s adopt-a-room sponsors

    By The Rev. Donna Phelps

    Guest Columnist

    The vision of Brunswick County Streetreach is to see the homeless receive the best assistance available to fit their personal circumstances. As you are aware, we had several weeks during the month when temperatures dropped down into the teens, leaving our most vulnerable citizens facing life-threatening situations.

  • County position on offshore drilling matters

    Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team Board of Directors.

    To the editor:

    I am writing to address just one aspect of the offshore drilling debate: the position on this issue taken by coastal governors and U.S. senators. For this analysis, I consider the 15 East Coast states that have direct Atlantic coastline or are connected by a major sound or estuary and the three mainland West Coast states that have direct Pacific coastline.

  • Rip currents pose bigger risk than cabanas

    To the editor:

    A cabana, regardless of its size, is still a method to keep the sun off people. A Nissan Armada and Honda CR-V are SUVs with different characteristics but they share the attributes of an SUV. A child tent is for people who don’t want to drag around a cabana.

    From what we have observed, the only heavily populated areas are between Fifth and 31st streets on Sunset Beach during summer months.

  • ‘One person, one vote’

    To the editor:

    I am part of a restless breed

    Need someone who will read

    Poem I wrote

    Time devote

    Way to finish I want to lead.

    Must promote equality at voting box

    Somehow the system has to outfox

    Adjustments make

    Do destroy all fake

    And learn from school of hard knocks.

    James Thomas Horn


  • Support skate parks for our community

    To the editor:

    On Feb. 5, Ocean Isle Beach will hold a public meeting to discuss new ideas for its park. This is a very informal meeting and the town is simply looking for fresh ideas.

  • Rotary raises funds for our area nonprofits

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Rotary Club hosted its annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun in Shallotte (next to Lowe’s Home Improvement) to raise money for nonprofits in Brunswick County.

    Hundreds of participants attended and were treated to a buffet dinner with carving stations followed by dessert. Each was invited to choose a door prize from jewelry, ceramics, hats and shirts, books, paintings, wall hangings, kitchen appliances, etc. Games were played all evening, followed by silent and live auctions.