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Today's Opinions

  • Help support our student musicians

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Concert Band is a group of amateur and professional musicians who maintain a wind ensemble to perform around the county in the tradition of community brass bands of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our common bond is our love to perform challenging music for the public’s enjoyment. We also encompass the Brunswick Big Band, a smaller group of musicians dedicated to the Big Band sound of the Dorsey/Miller/Goodman era of the 1930s and ‘40s.

  • Consider drug testing our elected officials

    To the editor:

    Regarding Congressman David Rouzer’s guest column in last week’s edition, I fail to see how Rouzer’s “common sense” bill would prepare welfare recipients for employment or give them a better opportunity to succeed or would help break the cycle of dependency.

  • Reefer madness, or The Grim Reefer?

    To the editor:

    None of us would like to tumble from an otherwise stellar career in the ignoble way Huey Marshall has. His sudden obligatory retirement has stunned many. While the populace is voicing mixed sentiments, I want to thank him for taking care of our convoluted and prickly county business during the last two decades.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 16 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, the speaker appointed the committee to negotiate the budget, we passed a bill to make amusement rides and zip lines safer, and we continued discussing the differences between the House and Senate budgets.

  • Moving this summer? Protect yourself by planning ahead

    By Attorney General Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    Moving is hard work, and many of the millions of Americans who move between May and September hire professionals to help. If you’re planning to move this summer, learn what steps you can take to make sure it goes smoothly.

  • Need to reform welfare system

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    In 1996, a Republican-led Congress and a Democratic president signed a welfare reform bill that required recipient’s work. It was a good bill that helped move millions off welfare and into productive jobs.

  • You decide: How can a business stay afloat?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Operating a business is tough. Meeting payroll, hiring qualified workers, attracting buyers and complying with regulations are just a few of the challenges faced by business owners. Statistics show 44 percent of new businesses shut down within three years. Opening a business is no guarantee it will be a success.