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Today's Opinions

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.

  • Remembering their sacrifice

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    Every year on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

    Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security. It is also a time to thank our veterans who have served as well as our men and women in uniform who are serving.

  • Thank you for helping BFA help others

    To the editor:

    Thank you to The Brunswick Beacon, the town of Shallotte (police and services), the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (and volunteers) and most importantly, the many volunteers who assisted Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) in our food distribution program Thursday, May 12.

  • Senate Bill 875 too easy to get

    To the editor:

    Thank you for your excellent coverage last week of the segment of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting concerning Senate Bill 875, which proposes de-annexing portions of Sunset Beach including the east and west oceanfront ends of Sunset Beach island.

    Of particular interest to me was the comment, “You push people into a corner, they’re eventually going to strike back.”

  • Conscience calls for defeat of Senate Bill 875

    To the editor:

    State Sen. Bill Rabon recently filed a Senate Bill 875, Town of Sunset Beach/Deannexation. The bill may come up for a vote as early as Tuesday, May 24.

    This bill would “de-annex” three town sites within the town of Sunset Beach that are being developed or are proposed to be developed.

    Rabon still has not explained what prompted him to take this action. The obvious impact will be a negative one from a tax standpoint on the citizens of Sunset Beach, including us.

  • Getting the facts straight

    To the editor:

    In response to William N. Clemmons’ letter published in last week’s edition, I certainly respect his service to our nation and his right to his opinion.

    I write to address his lack of understanding of Thomas McGrath’s letter published May dealing with $19 trillion of U.S. debt, and a refusal on the part of our Congressman David Rouzer among 259 others to repudiate their now 30-year-old pledge to never raise taxes, even to fund the spending they appropriated, including war and veterans issues.

  • Venezuela needs prayers

    To the editor:

    A state of emergency has been declared in Venezuela by President Nicolás Maduro. The crisis grows deeper and deeper.

    Food is very scarce, while basic necessities and medicines are almost nonexistent. People wait in lines up to 12 hours for food and are still unable to get basics like milk or rice. Hospitals are low on medicines, cleaning supplies and even water and electricity. Patients are dying every day because doctors don’t have the supplies to treat them. Many lie on the floor and in hallways waiting to be seen by a doctor.