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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had a record number of bills filed, we met constantly in committees with full agendas and we had two long floor sessions before adjourning for an Easter break.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other groups. Many want to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) that addresses the uninsured, but consensus on a replacement has not been found.

  • We care about our country’s direction

    To the editor:

    On Friday, April 14, five of us showed up and spoke of our concerns regarding one of the most corrupt and non-transparent administrations in our nation’s history.

    This new leadership, if you can call it that, has not even reached the 100-day mark and is the cause of great damage to all of us. We care!

  • Question value of dredging Jinks Creek, and for whom

    To the editor:

    Are we naïve? Is it worth spending $2.8 million of your tax money proposed by the Riverside Drive developer to dredge Jinks Creek just to have deepwater access during low tide?

    To market this effort, the previous council and several current members claimed it would increase property values, but for whom?

    To verify these claims, I requested council invite representatives from the county’s tax office to a meeting. My request was denied.

    But this is what the tax office reported:

  • Holiday wishes are always meant for all Beacon readers

    Last week, the banner across the top of our front page read to all who saw it, “Happy Easter!” It’s something we’ve put at the top of the paper every Easter since I’ve been at the helm of the Beacon’s newsroom. It’s also something we do for other holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day last month.

    The sentiment was meant for all who read it, regardless of their beliefs. We hoped even those who don’t celebrate this Christian holiday would enjoy it anyway. Truly, no discrimination was intimated or implied.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center needs community’s help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Addiction to alcohol and drugs is now front-page news. Many who pooh-poohed the whole addiction thing are now dealing with loved ones in the throes of a slow death.

    We all have someone in our family or close by who is in the battle of their lives.

    When you are on drugs, that’s all you think about.

    You certainly don’t spend time checking on the purity or quality of what you are about to snort or inject.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major regulations bill that helped Brunswick County, we passed a revision of the state board of elections and we passed school calendar bills I opposed.

    Committees were meeting every hour last week, sometimes two and three at a time. Most committees had multiple bills before them, often a half dozen or dozen at a time. For example, the House Transportation Committee on April 4 handled seven bills.

  • We, the public, are the ultimate government watchdogs

    There was a really great story in The Washington Post last week that grabbed my attention and made my heart sing. It was about the staff of the Booster Redux, the student newspaper of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who questioned the credentials of their new principal. She resigned as a result of their story; it turned out her story didn’t check out.