Today's Opinions

  • Sunset Beach tax explanation doesn’t add up

    To the editor:

    I am a Sunset Beach taxpayer on fixed income. I just received my 53 percent tax rate increase changing the payment from 10.5 cents to $.16/$100 valuation. This is a 5.5-cent increase.

  • Resident teaches old squirrel new saxophone tricks

    Things were starting to get squirrelly in John Goss’ backyard.

    It was obvious the day Sammy, one of the black-and-gray fox squirrels that reside at Sandpiper Golf & Country Club, showed up at Goss’ home overlooking the first hole of the community’s Piper course.

    “I started seeing the squirrel here, so I started putting peanuts in the yard,” said the former U.S. Department of Defense employee, who has been retired for 20 years, the past 13 of them in Sunset Beach.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    Senate and House budget conferees met with Gov. Pat McCrory at the executive mansion Aug. 18 and agreed upon a total budget amount of $21.735 billion. Last week, the Legislature agreed to extend the continuing resolution until Aug. 31 in order to continue budget negotiations. The Senate will work through the weekend to meet this deadline.


  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we sent a Medicaid reform bill to a conference committee to be renegotiated, we also sent a sales tax and economic incentives bill to conference, we finally approved the unemployment insurance reform bill and continued to wait on budget target amounts.

  • Beacon promotion offers smile versus discount

    To the editor:

    As one hapless victim of our country’s depressed economy, I am always on the alert for an extra good value when making purchases.

    When offered a deal involving no interest if paid off within five years, we usually take notice. But then we realize that we are required to make a payment each month in order to consummate this purchase. Where is the discount? A purchase of this type, of course, is made less frequently than most everyday buys.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance grateful for week’s events

    To the editor:

    It is appropriate to reflect on positive events and relationships that make your life better. For Brunswick Family Assistance, we had a busy but rewarding week. BFA was the designated charity at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans baseball game Aug. 14; the recognized charity at a special dinner event at Angelo’s Pizzeria and Bistro on Aug. 17; and then Aug. 19 at the Sunset Beach Concert Series. The week ended with a wonderful fundraising event, a 5K/15K run and one-mile walk on a beautiful Saturday morning, Aug. 22, through Sea Trail.

  • Column on heroin epidemic strikes nerve

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Sam Hickman, for the excellent column in last week’s edition on Brunswick County’s heroin epidemic.

    Two words spoken by my wife resulted in my getting involved with Brunswick Christian Recovery Center (BCRC) almost three years ago. I knew very little about substance abuse but felt I wanted to help. Pastor Larry Shreve, BCRC’s CEO and now a dear friend and mentor, said, “We’ve been waiting for you.”