Today's Opinions

  • Town handled gun theft news appropriately

    To the editor:

    I am writing in response to your Feb. 2 editorial, “Sunset Beach handles gun theft poorly.” Acting Sunset Beach Police Chief Joe Smith reported the theft to the Shallotte Police Department and to Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    To notify the public in the very early stages of the investigation could have adversely affected the integrity of this investigation. Is publicizing this crime and possibly tipping off the perpetrators more important than recovering the stolen weapons and arresting those responsible?

  • Town council dysfunction like wildfire

    To the editor:

    The council dysfunction in Sunset Beach has spread like a wildfire into issues of pine straw. Even though this past summer’s fire was started by carelessness, we should probably modify the behavior of all citizens, guests and tourists to the town

  • Sunset Beach belabors its cabana issue

    To the editor:

    Having read Sunset Beach Town Council voted to pass an ordinance forbidding anyone from setting up a canopy or cabana on the beach until 7 a.m., instead of 6 a.m. as it was before, I just have to say how dumb this is.

    The amount of manpower and undue stress it will put on the fire and police departments to enforce such a ridiculous thing is beyond me. Town council would have been wise to just ban them.

  • CIS changes lives one student at a time

    To the editor:

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) has helped change the paths of students’ lives for 22 years. CIS lives its mission every day to “surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

  • Whether in an ad or a letter, freedom of speech rules

    The news department and the advertising department are two separate departments at the Beacon, just as they are at any other newspaper, but that sure didn’t stop several people from contacting me about the “impeach Trump” ad we published in last week’s edition.

    Since they did, I’m happy to answer these questions I received about it:

  • How can we get to 4 percent economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the major goals of the new Trump Administration is to increase the rate of economic growth in the country. The objective is to move from the 2 percent annual growth rate of recent years to 4 percent.

    What exactly does this mean? Technically, the national economic growth rate is measured by the annual change in “real gross domestic product.” Translated from economic jargon, this is the growth in the country’s production of both goods and services.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored the Boy Scouts of America on its 107th anniversary, we began holding policy committee meetings to handle key bills and we passed two major bills out of committee.

  • Driving in Brunswick County is slowly driving me mad

    Dear lady driving the red SUV, you drive like a crazy person. You have me wondering if Brunswick County attracts crazy person drivers or if this place turns people crazy once they get behind the wheel.

    Because I think it might be getting to me, too.

    This happened recently: I was headed back to the Beacon one evening, driving along White Street toward the stop sign at Smith Avenue.

    As I have mentioned in the past, there is something about stop signs — really any type of intersection — in Brunswick County that makes people lose their minds.