Today's Opinions

  • Vote ‘yes’ for Connect NC bond March 15

    To the editor:

    Several months ago, our board of directors approved a resolution in support of the Connect NC bond referendum. We revisited this decision recently, after the legislature approved a $2 billion bond issue that did not include funds for transportation projects.

    Our board unanimously endorsed the action of our legislature to move forward with a bond issue supporting critically needed investments in higher education, clean water systems and our state parks system.

  • Tips for getting your taxes done safely

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    The tax deadline is looming, and you may find yourself needing help to file your taxes. Using a tax preparer should make filing your taxes easier, but only if you choose one that is reliable and accurate.

    There are plenty of legitimate tax preparers in North Carolinians, but unfortunately my office hears from consumers each year about tax preparers who charge unreasonably high fees, file tax documents without approval or fail to complete the job.

  • You decide: Was change greater a century ago?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Consider this picture: Your home has no electricity or indoor plumbing. This means no electronics or instant warm baths and showers, and “using the bathroom” means accessing an outdoor “outhouse.” Heat in your home is generated from a wood- or coal-burning stove, but unless you’re close by, most of your home is still freezing in the winter. Of course, there is no air-conditioning in the summer.

  • Preparing for the primary election

    By Brent Ducharme

    Guest Columnist

    As the March 15 primary approaches, recent changes in state voting law are adding an extra layer of confusion for North Carolinians navigating the path to the polls. It is vital for voters to be prepared for the election March 15.

    Voters with questions or concerns can call the national Election Protection hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE (687-8683). The hotline is available during early voting and will be staffed by volunteer attorneys and trained UNC law students the day of the primary.

  • Thanks to all those who give of themselves

    Thank you to everyone who came out to the Beacon’s annual Health Expo this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I understand the turnout was as excellent as the weather and many people took advantage of screenings, freebies and opportunities to learn about the many health and wellness options available in our community.

    Me, I bowed out of attending on account of my lingering croup. Our annual event is intended to be an exposition of good health, and my presence would have had the opposite effect.

  • The cat got out of the bag

    Brunswick County made news last week when the economic development director it spent three months searching for resigned just short of four months into the job.

    The reports put the reason for his resignation resulting from inadvertently putting the county’s response to an information request from a tire manufacturer looking for a new plant location in public emails.

    Emails to and from elected officials and county staff are public record and the county set up a computer terminal in 2009 for the public to review the emails.

  • The opposite of courtroom drama, plus some PSAs

    Sitting in Brunswick County courtroom No. 4 on the second floor a week ago to cover several news stories reminded me of my days as a full-time cops and courts reporter. It also made me realize some aspects of the courthouse environment are apparently universal.

    For instance, few people notice the newspaper reporters scribbling away furiously in their notebooks during proceedings. This is actually not a bad thing, because we’re not there to be seen (in fact, we’re trying not to be a distraction) — we’re there to work.

  • Insist on adding bike lanes to roads

    To the editor:

    I am writing to say that I am in agreement with the letter from Dan C. Dickerson concerning the widening of N.C. 179 to include a bike lane on each side.

    I have quit riding N.C. 179 because it is too narrow and have almost been struck by vehicles several times.

    I hope your newspaper is able to adequately impress the highway department to add the extra width to provide more safety for us bikers. Thanks for your efforts.

    Lawrence Wiseman

    Sunset Beach