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Today's Opinions

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The 2014 short session continues to be nothing short of eventful, and we are working hard in order to accomplish our goals.

     

    Closing all coal ash ponds

    I am proud to report the Senate passed an aggressive plan for coal ash mitigation that will give North Carolina the strictest regulations on coal ash in the country and make it the first state to force closure of all coal ash ponds.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Almost daily, the question being asked by people back home is: “When will the short session be over?” It’s hard to answer, as we are pushing to finish our work, but budget negotiations are continuing.

  • Celebrating a year on the job

    By the time you read this column, my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom will have come and gone. I can’t believe it’s been a year already; time really does fly when you’re having fun.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

  • I’m almost 65 — How should I prepare for Medicare?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • When you mess up, fess up

    I wasn’t aware of the Medill F until I read a story this week about the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
    According to news reports, 30 of the 250 or so graduates received diplomas that featured an egregious spelling error. Their degrees were in “media, integrated marketing communications” — except the word “integrated” was spelled “itegrated.”

  • Maintain separation of church and state

    To the editor

    Walter A. Carolus, I find your comments about school prayer in your letter published May 29 as misguided and judgmental as folks were in 1948.

    I attended public schools until 1949. In the fifth grade, I was sent to Catholic schools through 12th grade. We said daily prayers each morning. It was the Protestant version of Our Father. Some teachers punished us for refusing to say it as our priest instructed us to do.