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Today's Opinions

  • All cyclists need local bike lanes

    To the editor:

    I moved to the area just over two years ago. For some time, I have been a cycling safety advocate, and cyclist, in central Florida. Since arriving back in North Carolina, I have not become involved other than in my long time volunteer work for the National MS Society and the Bike MS events.

    Laura Lewis’ regional bicycle plan report in the March 24 edition was very good, but there was another side to the story that wasn’t broached.

  • A Lenten revelation in time for Easter Sunday

    One of the practices of my faith is to give up something for Lent every year. The idea is to make a personal sacrifice, yes, but more importantly it’s to grow closer to God in doing so.

  • Thanks to McCrory, legislators for Connect NC

    To the editor:

    Thank you to Gov. Pat McCrory, after countless hours, who won bipartisan support in the General Assembly for the Connect North Carolina bond referendum.

    The Connect North Carolina bond overwhelmingly passed with the voters of this great state.

    The passing of the bond is proven recognition by the voters of North Carolina this is an investment in our citizens’ future and of the future of our children.

    Let us all be grateful to the superior job put forth by the governor and the support of the General Assembly.

  • A spring story for the birds

    If you read our last edition of the Beacon, you learned a lot about our great friend Sarah Sue Ingram and that you missed out if you did not have the chance to meet her yourself.

    Last week a few of us made the trip to her hometown in Thomasville for her memorial service where a number of people she grew up with and worked with over the years came together and shared a few stories about her.

    But the real fun was sharing a story with Sarah Sue because she always had one of her own to share with you.

  • More than March Madness leaves us breathless

    “March Madness isn’t just about basketball; it also can describe the pollen season,” began a news release I received last week from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, formerly known as the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    I wouldn’t consider my reaction to pollen season as madness, but it’s certainly maddening.

    No sooner had I finally kicked croup than early last week I began coughing again like my lungs were full of sawdust.

  • Not all bad drivers are N.C. natives

    To the editor:

    From recent letters submitted for publication in the Beacon, I agree with most of the reasons why some North Carolina drivers don’t use turn signals. However, writers overlooked the fact that just because a car has an N.C. tag doesn’t necessarily mean the driver is “from” here.

  • Past Sunset Beach UDO omissions require action now

    To the editor:

    After reading last week’s Beacon report regarding critical missing ordinances from the Sunset Beach Unified Development Ordinance, I researched the minutes of the council meeting and public hearing on the UDO of Dec. 3, 2012.

  • Make N.C. 179 safer for all its travelers

    o the editor:

    I am writing to support Dan Dickerson’s letter to the editor in the Feb. 18 edition. I drive N.C. 179 every day. It is difficult to pass a bicyclist or a moped rider.

    Coming home one day around Christmastime, I had to stop and assist a gentleman sitting on the curb. A vehicle had come very close to him and caused him to lose his balance. Fortunately, he was not hurt but very badly shaken.

    Let’s make N.C. 179 safe for cyclists in our area.

    Pat Davis

    Shallotte