Today's Opinions

  • Jaguar’s Lair proposal seems to defy logic

    To the editor:

    Is Sunset Beach condemning Jaguar’s Lair owners to the Dark Ages?

    Sunset Beach Town Council proposes to make an ongoing nightmare even “darker” for property owners in the Jaguar’s Lair subdivision of Ocean Ridge Plantation. It plans to release a Coastal Communities performance bond before the developer installs an estimated $160,000 of central underground electric cables in the community.

  • Pruden deserves support

    To the editor:

    Thank you to the Beacon editorial board for an insightful July 31 editorial in support of Brunswick County School Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    Too many of us who have worked in this school system have remained silent for too long in his behalf. I want to go on record as one who wholeheartedly believes in his leadership.

    No one can be all things to all people all of the time, but Pruden is totally committed to the betterment of all students. His loss will be this county’s loss.


    Caroll Purgason Raedels

  • Humans must learn to co-exist

    To the editor:

    The recent violence between Israel and Palestine started over three kidnapped Israeli teens murdered, followed by one Palestinian teen kidnapped and set on fire, followed by his cousin being beat up by Israeli cops. When I look at their faces, I see the faces of kids who could live in my neighborhood.

    Now here are some words that did not exist 200,000 years ago: Hebrew, Jewish, Israel, Islam, Muslim, Palestine, Gaza, Zion. Neither did the words Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, America or Mexico.

  • House Bill 725 ensures fairness

    To the editor:

    House Bill 725 will raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction for misdemeanants. North Carolina is one of only two states that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, even for something as minor as stealing a bag of Doritos.

  • Remember Hewett with his dignity

    To the editor:

    I wasn’t a big fan of ex-sheriff Ron Hewett, but I didn’t have anything against him, either. The last image I see of him is the altercation in jail. I could have done without that. The last time I saw him in person was at church, and he had dignity.


    Jean Garland


  • Sunset Beach budget ignores harsh reality

    To the editor:

    Despite stern financial warnings by the Sunset Beach town administrator and taxpayer anger demonstrated at a recent community meeting, councilmen Lou De Vita, Mike Williams and Wilson Sherrill approved a $6 million budget, the largest in Sunset Beach history and 6.1 percent above last year. To avoid a major tax increase, they forecasted record revenues of $6 million, a 14.3 percent increase, which based on recent revenue trends, would take divine intervention to achieve.

  • Big bang doesn’t explain universe’s origin

    To the editor:

    The one main thing the big bang does not explain is the origin of the universe. It is only a story about what supposedly happened afterwards. The only suggestion ever made is self-creation, which is illogical and absurd.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    There was a major announcement July 28 that an agreement had been reached on the budget. This is the budget bill, Senate Bill 744, Appropriations Act of 2014, that adjusts the biennial budget passed last year for the current year of 2014-15. Major adjustments had been made, and the bill had to be approved last week by the House and Senate and signed by the governor.