Today's Opinions

  • Discouragement can come from all directions

    People are still talking, either face to face or on social media, about the front page of The Indianapolis Star on March 31. The editors of the paper used its prime real estate above the fold — the part seen in newsstands — to stack three words against a dark background in huge white type below “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”: FIX. THIS. NOW. It was the headline for the paper’s editorial, running below the fold, about the state’s new law.

  • Leland and Belville aren’t just split by a highway

    There’s a lot going on in North Brunswick these days in both Leland and Belville and especially in between with construction on U.S. 17/74/76 at the Brunswick River.

    I recently saw a new aerial map that shows how the landscape will change once the highway is widened, the diverging diamond is criss-crossing under the overpass and Blackwell Road is relocated.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Welcome home, Vietnam veterans

    By Gary G. Crowden

    Guest Columnist


    Officially, the date of the observance is March 30 –– as decreed by the U.S. Senate –– a time to honor all who served honorably and bravely in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and elsewhere in the Southeast Asia war zone.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly: We had almost 200 additional bills introduced in the House of Representatives alone; we passed a major property insurance reform bill and saw the House and Senate agree on a major transportation funding bill.

  • You decide: Are there easy answers to key economic questions?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news.

  • Reviews conjure the spirit of sassy school days

    It’s the time of the year here at the Beacon for annual performance reviews. No matter whether I’m the person giving or receiving one, good or bad, I find the whole process nerve-wracking. I have the best boss in the world in Angie Sutton, but every time I got into her office and have to shut the door behind me, I get knots in my stomach and feel like I’m having a flashback to my 12 years in Catholic school.

  • Kudos for sign ordinance enforcement

    To the editor:

    Kudos to Gail Treglia and the town of Carolina Shores for finally handing out a $100 fine to Eric Tryggeseth, owner of Grand Strand Coffee in Carolina Shores, for the signage that appears on U.S. 17, both northbound and southbound, Saturday mornings then disappears Monday mornings. He has knowingly been violating an ordinance for years knowing officials did not work on the weekends to fine him for the illegally placed signs.