Today's Opinions

  • Even when you don't have time for one, birthdays happen anyway

    Here it is, March 13, my birthday, and I’ve spent the past 14 hours of it at the office.

    I’m happy to have made it through another year of life and I’m the last person to complain about spending it at work, because my Beacon coworkers are more like family to me than most of my blood relatives. (I have a lot of them — my maternal grandmother alone was one of 11 surviving children who all had children of their own.)

    This year’s birthday started out feeling like a bother, though.

  • Town council disrespects committee and science

    To the editor:

    During the Feb. 21 Sunset Beach Town Council discussion of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee (ERC), I found the behavior of three council members and the mayor to be hypocritical.

    Council interviewed, vetted, voted on then charged this committee of volunteer citizens with impeccable credentials to research, report and submit recommendations on the town’s dredging proposal. From the beginning, this group has always avoided personal opinions and let the science do the talking, raising the questions research brought forth.

  • Mardi Gras 4 Paws makes county better

    To the editor:

    On Feb. 28, we had the opportunity to attend Paws-Ability’s Mardi Gras 4 Paws party at Victoria’s Crab Shack at Ocean Isle Beach.

    It is so nice to live in a community where a local restaurant is willing to donate its business to host a fundraising party and the Sea and Sand Band donated its time and talent to help a local nonprofit in efforts to improve Brunswick County.

    Money raised by Paws-Ability at this party will be donated to a medical fund for Brunswick Search and Rescue dogs.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council needs to be pro-community

    To the editor:

    Why is Sunset Beach Town Council so caught up in bans, regulations, put-downs and anti-everything? It takes our tax money, applies it unequally to projects that do not benefit those who pay it and complains about being underfunded.

    The spring season is upon us and a flurry of Canadians, getting an early start on summer, are descending on Myrtle Beach, S.C. Playing golf, toasting, eating and sleeping in our rentals is a commerce. Get it? Business and revenue, right? Hello!

  • Hostility is perpetuated by the left

    To the editor:

    Mrs. Teddy Altreuter almost got it right in her letter last week.

    There is no “atmosphere of hostility to immigrants and refugees” in America, except as perpetuated by the left. The vast majority of Americans welcome immigrants (here legally) and refugees (well vetted).

    The 9/11 event was not an anomaly, but handwriting on the wall — a precursor of 14 more tragedies like Fort Hood, the Boston marathon and San Bernardino. Breaking the law has consequences. Law-abiding citizens and criminals understand the concept.

  • Receive the Lord today

    To the editor:

  • Showcasing, sustaining local businesses pays dividends

    Early returns show this past Saturday’s inaugural Live.Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo in Ocean Isle Beach was a rousing success. The free event, presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, featured 70 vendors — with many offering souvenirs, raffles and giveaways — plus goody bags for the first 150 people and the option to register for a door prize.

    As a new chamber board member and having assisted with the chamber’s home and garden show two years ago, I played a minor role on the committee that put together this expo.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed bills affecting our community colleges, we received the governor’s budget, and we continued our planning for the House and Senate budgets.