Today's Opinions

  • Administration for McCrory talks in jobs tour about environment

    To the editor:

    I recently attended a stop on the NC Competes for Jobs tour at Brunswick Community College with North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla.

    I was impressed by the large turnout of local elected officials, government staff, local businesses and economic development partners who came to learn and ask questions about what North Carolina is doing under Gov. Pat McCrory’s leadership to create jobs and attract businesses.

  • After-school volunteers make all the difference

    To the editor:

    Communities In Schools (CIS) offers a variety of educational programs for Brunswick County students. The elementary after-school program allows students to continue their learning and studying after the school day ends. CIS after school programs are blessed to have volunteers contributing their time, energy and talent to a variety of school locations throughout Brunswick County.

  • Sunset Beach UDO represents lot of hard work

    To the editor:

    Sue Weddle alleges the Sunset Beach Town Council shirked its responsibilities in approving the rewrite of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in 2012, and accuses members of council of not working hard enough for the citizens of Sunset Beach. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Protecting select few under guise of beach renourishment

    To the editor:

    Regarding the Beacon’s March 23 editorial: State Sen. Bill Rabon and Rep. Frank Iler, let’s call a spade a spade. The beautiful beaches of North Carolina will always be there if we shift with shifting sands.

  • You decide: Why are there new sales taxes in North Carolina?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolinians having repairs made to their vehicles are now in for a little bit of a shock. With a few exceptions, they will now have to pay state sales tax on the labor cost of those repairs. So, too, will folks paying for repairs to their computers and for installing modular homes. These are some of the new sales taxes that began March 1.

  • Citizens pay for council’s due diligence failure

    To the editor:

    I’m baffled as to why Sunset Beach Town Council failed to act on Realtor David Stuart’s request asking the council to determine what regulations had been omitted, what regulations had been added and what regulations had been changed before passing the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at a December 2012 council meeting.

  • Work of all doctors worth celebrating

    To the editor:

    We would like to honor our doctors on Doctors’ Day. March 30 marks a day to celebrate the amazing work all of our doctors do for our hospital and community. This day is to celebrate the contributions they make every day by caring for our patients and their families.

  • 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.