Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for nothing, rude line breakers

    To the editor:

    I want to thank the two very rude people who broke line at Sunset Pier on Saturday, March 5, causing two of us who had been waiting in line for more than an hour to get a pass to be put on the waiting list.

    I hope you have a conscience and it causes sleepless nights thinking about such a childish act.

    Junior Little

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • A fifth reason for not using signals

    To the editor:

    John Compraetto’s letter of March 10 regarding reasons why North Carolinians fail to use turn signals is pretty much on target. He listed four reasons: laziness, lack of consideration, ignorance and being a lawbreaker.

    They certainly all apply, but I’d suggest one additional reason. Too many of those lazy, inconsiderate ignorant lawbreakers’ hands are too busy with one on the wheel and the other on their cell phone.

  • Considering ‘lesser of two evils’ question

    To the editor:

    On his return flight to Italy from Mexico this year, Pope Francis was interviewed by journalists on several topics. One concerned the outbreak of the virus Zika, which has spread to the U.S.

  • Was Jesus raised from the dead?

    To the editor:

    Scripture presents conclusive evidence Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1–21:25 and Acts 1:1-11). One proof of Christ’s resurrection is the dramatic change in the disciples. They went from men frightened and in hiding to strong, courageous witnesses sharing the gospel throughout the world. Second is the life of the apostle Paul. He was changed from a persecutor of the church into an apostle for the church when the risen Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-6).

  • Calabash town services staff deserve kudos

    To the editor:

    A special thank you to Pete Brokus and his team for all the hard work they do in the Calabash community. Recently, they began cleaning out culverts, ditches and areas that this town has had drainage problems with forever.

    The new jetter machine is amazing and very efficient — such a powerful machine! The jetter purchase was worth every penny spent and will pay for itself in the long run. I saw it in action firsthand and how quick and powerful it is.

  • My predecessor, friend and hero, Sarah Sue Ingram

    Forgive me this week, readers. I’m feeling a little lost and a lot heartbroken.

    I think it’s always that way when you lose a member of your family, and we at the Beacon have lost one of the dearest members of ours.

    Sarah Sue Ingram, who kept our newsroom running smoothly until I got here, died Monday morning of complications from lung cancer.

    If you learn nothing else about Sarah Sue from my column, you need to know if she could have beaten it, she would have. She promised to fight and she was absolutely a woman of her word.

  • We all must be better examples for county’s children

    By Ken Proctor

    Guest Columnist

    I have had the privilege to spend the past several months working with our Brunswick County Schools students, both inside and outside the school system, and with the school staff members. I have worked with children from the first grade through the 12th grade. I also have experience employing Brunswick County students for more than 25 years.

  • Rural counts when it comes to voting about Connect NC

    By Patrick Woodie

    Guest Columnist

    Rural North Carolinians will have the chance March 15 to vote on the Connect NC bond referendum to invest $2 billion in improvements to our university system, community colleges, small town water and sewer infrastructure, agricultural research facilities, state parks and National Guard facilities.