Today's Opinions

  • Being at the right place at the right time

    My Memorial Day was almost marked for disaster. After paying my respects to those who are serving and have served in our armed forces (we cannot thank them enough), I decided to trek down to Sunset Beach to take photos for the paper and try to relax for a few hours.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    We have had yet another eventful week at the General Assembly, updates to the 2014 budget proposal, teacher pay raises, energy exploration and regulatory reform.


    2014 Senate budget proposal

  • ‘Mad’ about Rabon excuses

    To the editor:

    In 2013, BladenOnline.com reported that Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognized state Sen. Bill Rabon for leadership within North Carolina to stop drunk driving. He was thanked for his dedication and commitment to advance MADD’s mission in this state.

  • Misguided lament

    To the editor:

    In response to Walter A. Carolus’ May 29 letter: I attended public schools until 1949. In the fifth grade, I was sent to Catholic schools through 12th grade. In those days, Protestants supported separation of church and state, so my parents paid local school taxes and tuition. The separation was so strict, I was not allowed to ride the public school bus to the local public school a block from my school.

  • Name-change police go too far

    To the editor:

    Common sense is dead. With all that is going on in this country, our Senate is involving itself in a controversy that is absolutely none of their business.

    It is claimed that the name “Redskins” offends many Native Americans. I am sure that some are offended. The “politically correct” police are calling for change but are not suggesting many replacements. I don’t think the Washington “Indigenous Americans” is going to make the cut.

  • Emperor has no clothes

    To the editor:

    As a senior citizen, I never thought that I would have to follow the example of a child who told the truth in the fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Election-year decisions made by political leaders in Raleigh and Brunswick County reminded me of the tale.

  • Immigration laws trampled

    To the editor:

    Last year, the Beacon published my letter in which I took to task the misguided notion that illegal immigrants are deprived unfortunates lurking in the shadowy underworld of our American culture. Many boldly and brazenly flaunt their illegal status and openly demand U.S. citizenship in addition to the many benefits they already have acquired illegally.

  • Kudos to Laura Lewis

    To the editor:

    Thank you to Laura Lewis for the great and honest column concerning the Memorial Day services in Calabash.