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Today's Opinions

  • Ban military-style assault weapons

    To the editor:

    This is a call to action to all residents of Brunswick County to help ban military-style assault weapons.

    There is no legitimate reason for anyone, other than law enforcement officials, to own these weapons. Assault weapons have only one purpose: killing on a massive and brutal scale.

  • Sunset Beach bamboozles neighborhoods

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council has a new balance of voting power and hopefully new logic. No longer can doing the wrong thing versus the right thing to avoid setting a precedent be tolerated. Image trying to explain to a young child that you cannot do what is right by him or her because you treated the older brothers and sisters unfairly and to change would not be fair to the older siblings?

  • Vote them all out

    To the editor:

    Here’s a thought: Vote out every incumbent, regardless of party affiliation.

    It may get the attention of “career” politicians and solve the problem of term limits at the same time!

    Lorraine Hiester

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Seismic testing, oil drilling are cause for alarm

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to Gary Halberstadt’s letter in last week’s edition, “Seismic testing and oil drilling are no cause for hysterics.” Really? All anyone has to do is watch the movie “Deepwater Horizon” about the worst BP oil drilling disaster ever!

    Off the coast of New Orleans, 11 men died. The oil leaked into the Gulf for 82 days. More than 200 gallons of oil killed wildlife, ruined fishermen’s livelihood and destroyed tourism!

  • The Beacon moves to new press plant in Charleston, S.C.

    Something’s different about your Beacon this week, but it’s so subtle you may not be able to figure out what it is.

    I’ll go ahead and tell you: The pages are a smidgen shorter but a skosh wider.

    Something else has changed, too: What’s printed on the pages should be much crisper and easier to read.

    Want more good news?

    Although our community news deadline remains noon Thursdays, we expect to work through our backlog of submissions much more quickly — and soon.

  • The signage, like the Jurassic age, should die off

    Signage.

    When I hear that word, I know somebody is making plans. There’s a conceptual plan or a master plan in the works. Or it’s a budget planning season.

    And when those plans are made, way down the list of priorities is the need for signs to let everyone know the plan is complete and if you follow the signs you can see the result.

    I get that. There will always be a need for a sign, or signs, to help us find our way.

    But how in the world did that translate into “signage?”

    Oh, how I hate that word.

  • A heartfelt thank you to Shallotte police for compassion

    To the editor:

    A few days ago, the patriarch of our family, who suffers from dementia, vanished into the clear midday light of a beautiful Carolina day.

    The police department of the town of Shallotte responded to our call immediately and began what was to culminate nearly 36 hours later in the safe return of our loved one —this husband, father and friend, who could not, indeed, have told anyone where he was because he simply did not know.

  • Seismic testing and oil drilling are no cause for hysterics

    To the editor:

    John Keilman’s letter in last week’s edition does a disservice to those concerned about our environment. He attacked two of county commissioners based on flawed interpretations leading to hysterical conclusions. He accused Pat Sykes and Marty Cooke of “hubris, greed and stupidity...” whose decisions would lead to “...the collapse of our coastal beach economy.” He obviously knows neither commissioner.