Today's Opinions

  • Swamp park adventures, part I

    The fine folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park were kind enough to let a few of my coworkers and me take a spin — or rather, zip — on one of the zip line courses there last week.

    While my colleagues zipped through it with relative ease, my experience was more of a zap, like an insect making a beeline directly into a bug light.

  • A direct lesson in dealing with roundabouts

    I understand there is a little bit of controversy with the new, and future, roundabouts in the area.

    As I have heard it, some folks don’t like traveling through it or haven’t gotten the hang of roundabouting, yet.

    There’s good news though. I’m here to help. I have been through this before.

    Once upon a time, eight or nine years ago, I lived and worked much closer to Raleigh, the epicenter of this roundabout outbreak.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we honored our fallen military heroes, as well as our living veterans; we passed a bill to save magistrates from termination because of religious beliefs; and we analyzed the final House budget that we passed the previous week.

    The beautiful weather of Memorial Day weekend turned into a hot and humid week in Raleigh. The shortened week gave us time to catch our breath and continue to analyze the budget we passed in the House and sent to the Senate on May 22.

  • All are entitled to have, and share, opinions

    Of all the editorials we’ve published in my time here at the Beacon taking the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to task, the only one that prompted the commissioners themselves to respond in writing is the one from May 7 condemning the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Editorial adds no value to our community

    To the editor:

    We agree with the statement in your May 7 editorial, entitled “Discrimination adds no value to community,” that the Ku Klux Klan contributes nothing to the improvement of our community. With that said, we take great exception to the remainder of your editorial, which attempts to connect two resolutions adopted by the Brunswick County Commissioners to the actions of those who recently distributed KKK fliers in Brunswick County.

  • How did Possum Drop Bill become legislative priority?

    To the editor:

    After taking time to contact elected officials in Raleigh, I received a rather curt response from Rep. Bob Steinburg’s assistant, Bethany Hudson, in Raleigh.

    Seems I dared to have an opinion on passage of the Possum Drop Bill. She declared they “brought North Carolina back from Armageddon.” Why not simply address the point of interest? Possibly, she takes lessons from Sen. Bill Rabon in how to ignore voters and boast only of your self-proclaimed importance.

  • Sunset Beach needs many improvements

    To the editor:

    In the May 21 edition of the Beacon, Susan Parker, Sunset Beach town administrator, is recommending stick-built restrooms for the Sunset Beach Park estimated to cost $150,000 to $200,000.

    She is not in favor of using portable facilities (like those) at the beach because they are not built for constant, high-volume use. At least part of the cost would be paid for with grant money. For this amount of money, I’m sure the restrooms will be quite nice — something we can all be proud of.

  • Thank you for Sunset Beach Town Park

    To the editor:

    My husband and I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in our new park at Sunset Beach. It was a beautiful experience. We are so happy to have this special place for us to enjoy. It simply doesn’t get any better for all of us to enjoy the water, boats, scenery and fresh air.

    Thank you to all those who made it possible.

    Mim McDermott

    Sunset Beach