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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Greetings from a new face, old soul

    An introductory column is an interesting task. In 500 words or so, I’m meant to introduce myself to the community.

    So I’ll start by saying I ramble, and while 500 words may sound daunting to the untrained eye, to me it’s a prison of sorts.

  • Quick with a story and quick to laugh — our friend, Sarah Sue

    By Angie Sutton

    General Manager

    “Let me tell y’all a quick story.”

    Those were my favorite words to hear on Tuesday nights several years ago — even in the middle of paper production.

    Sarah Sue Ingram was interim editor at The Brunswick Beacon while I searched for a new editor.

    When I met her, I had no idea what an interesting person she was, or how much I would enjoy working with her.

  • You decide: Why are so many people so angry now?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Political pundits following the presidential campaigns of the candidates have agreed on one conclusion — many people appear to be angry. Experts offer this as the reason voters are backing non-traditional candidates — or outsiders.

    If the analysts are correct, then the follow-up question is, why? Why are so many people angry?

    Of course there can be many reasons, such as fears over foreign threats, worries about personal safety, or concerns on specific costs like health care or education.

  • Keeping the consumers safe from scams

    By Jennifer West

    Guest Columnist

    Their confidence shaken by huge cases of scandal and fraud over the past decade, consumers are understandably shell-shocked and wary. It’s hard not to wonder who will be the target of the next massive scam.