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Today's Opinions

  • Support RAISE Family Caregivers Act

    To the editor:

    Family care giving can be an emotionally, physically and financially demanding role and this is especially true for Alzheimer’s and related dementia caregivers. Across the country, there are more than 15 million Americans providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at more than $230 billion.

  • Taxpayers should not subsidize market

    To the editor:

    Should Sunset Beach taxpayers be subsidizing the Waterfront Market? Sunset Beach taxpayers purchased the land for the Sunset Beach Town Park for $2.1 million and continue to fund the ongoing development of the park. The nonprofit Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association, beginning in May 2016, opened the waterfront market in our park allowing 60 or more vendors to set up tents or booths to sell their wares every Thursday.

  • Market profits at expense of public

    To the editor:

    Is the much beloved and well-attended Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach Town Park up for sale? Apparently that’s what about 50 people who showed up at the last Sunset Beach Town Council meeting thought. They were there to express their concern that this weekly event in a public park had been “sold” to a for-profit LLC under cover of darkness with no public comment or input whatsoever.

  • Trump raises plenty of concerns

    To the editor:

    We see a lot of back and forth on President Trump, some for, some against. I write today to express concerns not only with his association with Russia, but other matters as well. He says Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama. When in our lifetimes would that statement not be seen as treasonous? Every one of our intelligence sources are 100 percent sure Russia meddled in the election. Trump said there is no proof. Really?

  • You decide: Has North Carolina’s economy taken a U-turn?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When driving, U-turns can be tricky. The driver often has to turn against oncoming traffic, and, if the turn is at a light, the driver hopes the turn can be made before the light changes to red. Even if the turn is successfully made, the driver must quickly accelerate to merge into traffic. Many times illegal U-turns are made, which is dangerous because oncoming traffic doesn’t necessarily expect the turn to be attempted.

  • My staycation offered a different view on Brunswick County

    I had the chance this past week to get a different look at Brunswick County when the entire family arrived for a few days of togetherness while vacationing on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Most of my experiences in and around the county involve town meetings, budget meetings, or the occasional accident or fire, although I get out into the community when we feature people and places in the paper or a special section.

    But I’m still on the clock for those moments even when I’m wandering the beach looking for a good photo or taking a tour of the Shallotte River.

  • Welcoming the return of long work weeks

    My calendar tells me I only worked three days last week. My body tells me differently.

    There was the Fourth of July, which fell on a Tuesday this year. Tuesdays, however, are our usual production days here in the Beacon newsroom. That meant our Tuesday was really Monday, July 3, and, man, did we hustle. We managed to get everything done early enough so that I could take in the fireworks that night on Ocean Isle Beach, which were as spectacular as ever.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed hundreds of bills as the session wound down to adjournment, we overrode the governor’s veto of the consensus budget, we passed several bills of local interest and we adjourned the long session of 2017.