Today's Opinions

  • Roundabouts require more practice, our patience and sound design

    Regardless of whether motorists like them, roundabouts  (or traffic circles) seem to be the ways of the future for busy Brunswick County intersections.
    The small one at First Street on the island of Ocean Isle Beach took some getting used to once it opened several years ago. A larger version was successfully installed at the foot of the Mannon C. Gore Bridge to Sunset Beach island last summer and, despite initial trepidation, appears to function as intended.

  • Congrats to high school sports teams

    Nearly two weeks ago, North Brunswick High School won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A boys’ track-and-field state championship for a second straight year. Including indoor titles, the Scorpions, coached by Garry Bishop, have won four straight track state championships.

    North sophomore Jayhlen Washington, who won the long jump and the triple jump and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles race, was the Most Valuable Athlete.

  • Veteran’s Amnesty Day worth repeating, replicating

    Memorial Day affords us a chance to pause, remember and acknowledge those who have died in military service to our country. But let us also spare a thought for the veterans and active service members, as well as their families, and the sacrifices they have made.

  • School board fails, again

    Despite lower property valuations, Brunswick County has opted to remain revenue neutral, meaning the board of commissioners will not raise taxes in the coming fiscal year. On the surface this is wonderful news for taxpayers, but the reality is they cannot expect the same level of service from the county. Maintaining services at their current levels requires money the county will not have.

  • Discrimination adds no value to community

    When Shallotte native Robert Stanley founded the Beacon in 1962, he dedicated the newspaper to “the continued progress of Brunswick County.” When he died last year, friends and family said he took great pride in publicly standing on the “right side of history during civil rights struggles in the turbulent ‘60s.”

    More than 50 years later, the Beacon maintains the stand Stanley took: That the Ku Klux Klan contributes nothing to the improvement of our community.

  • Legislators should support lifeguard liability limits

    After a relatively uneventful summer last year, it would have been easy to forget four people died in less than 36 hours on Brunswick County’s beaches the previous summer.

    Soon after the deaths, which were ultimately blamed on dangerous rip currents, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • Save our battleship

    With every passing day, we lose more and more World War II veterans, members of our nation’s greatest generation. Now, we are in danger of losing our state’s monument to them and others who lost their lives in that war.

  • Sunset Beach officials raise reasonable doubts

    All residents of Brunswick County — including elected officials — have the right to voice their opinions on matters that affect their way of life. When the public cannot discern whom its elected officials are representing, however, it raises legitimate questions about potential conflicts of interest. Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill and Mayor Ron Watts have found themselves the subject of such questions in the past month.