Today's Opinions

  • Freedom to offend and be offended

    After a wild whirlwind of national events the past few weeks, I needed some time to process everything before trying to convey my thoughts in these columns. It was a little strange not being in the thick of it all as I once was when I worked in daily newspapers, but I feel there are no less important issues here in Brunswick County that need my attention — and yours. And it’s no less fascinating to see how national events affect our own neighborhoods and daily lives.

  • ONDBEAT: Calabash & Co. could celebrate new, improved riverfront

    Along one portion of the waterway is Sunset Beach with its recently opened 5.22-acre town park where residents have been debating its pros, cons and costs for the last five-and-a-half years.

    Apparently, it sometimes costs a couple million greenbacks to preserve a smidgen of green space.

    Just down the river is Calabash, where town leaders seem divided on the merits of improving access to their own riverfront in North Carolina’s Seafood Capital.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 15 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we voted not to concur with the Senate version of the budget, we passed a major Medicaid reform bill and we had another outstanding page from Brunswick County.

  • ECU researchers track North Carolina sharks

    By Eric Johnson

    Guest Columnist

    The news this summer of several shark attacks on the North Carolina coast came as a surprise to many marine scientists. Severe shark attacks are extraordinarily rare; far more people are killed by cows each year than sharks.

    But while attacks are unusual, sharks are more common than most people realize. North Carolina waters are a rich environment for the apex predator.

  • Ag Gag bill and outcome were for public show

    To the editor:

    The House and Senate voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of the Whistleblower Bill, aka Ag Gag Bill.

    I realize the entire show was a joke to them, as it was orchestrated to fool the voter anyway. McCrory is falling behind in popularity and needed a boost. This was meant to make voters think our elected officials actually cared about what we think. I was not fooled, but I am, once again, disappointed in my state politics.

  • Captain’s shark claims unfounded

    To the editor:

    An article in last week’s Beacon contains claims by a local charter boat captain intended to scare people into increasing the current one-per-boat-per-day limit on killing sharks. The captain says shark attacks will increase because anglers aren’t allowed to kill more sharks. He suggests sharks are multiplying so fast that “they are damaging the ecosystem.”

  • Use of beach space at issue

    To the editor:

    I read with interest the letter from Phillip Kent Barbalace regarding the commercial cabanas at Sunset Beach in last week’s Beacon. I, too, have seen cabanas that have been set up early and no one using them for hours.