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Today's Opinions

  • Behind-the-scenes antics are toxic for open government

    Gere Dale, does the town of Carolina Shores have something to hide?

    Why is it you’re expending so much energy to keep public business behind closed, locked doors?

    On multiple occasions, when approached by a Beacon reporter about issues we believe are of public record, you have spent more time questioning the reporter’s sources than answering questions.

  • What’s the story? Looking for folk tales from Brunswick County

    When writer Renee Sloan got back from covering a ghost walk in Southport for our last Island Living of the year, she knew I’d be interested.

    She shared some of the stories of the county’s coast and gave a play-by-play of what happens on the nighttime history and paranormal discussion presented by the Old South Tour and Carriage Company around downtown Southport.

  • It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game

    Oftentimes, we let competition get the best of us.

    How many times do you see athletes make an unnecessary scene when a play goes wrong or when they don’t agree with a call? (I’m talking to you, Serena.)

    How many times have you been at a community sporting event and witnessed a parent or a coach engaging in the same reprehensible behavior? How many times have you personally gotten angry, said or did things you later regret while playing a simple game?

  • Joy of Coke, Pepsi, plastic quickly fizzling and melting

    It wasn’t that long ago sipping soda from a bottle—Coke, Pepsi or Cheerwine—was about as American and North Carolinian as you could get.

    As a kid, I lived for the times when my mother would let us go fetch a little bottle of Coke tucked in a secret place in the kitchen or down in the basement.

    Fond are my memories of perching at the counter at Woolworth’s or discovering the wonder of the new McDonald’s with an icy soft drink as a tooth-busting complement.

  • Benefits come with costs

    To the editor: To comment on the item in the Sept. 17 edition of the Beacon about Sunset Beach and the purchase of parkland, I agree progressive thinkers would see the long-range desirability of such a purchase.

    Too often the “choice” spots are lost to developers and private interests and the public (that’s us) doesn’t get the opportunity to acquire these lands.

    The new sewer system and a public park will enhance the community of Sunset Beach. Both must come with a price tag attached.

  • Bye-bye, daytime. Hello, on-demand

    “The Guiding Light” began its life as a 15-minute radio serial in 1937 and was on the air in one form or another until its final episode, broadcast last Friday, Sept. 18.

    That’s 72 years of life for a daytime soap opera, and it’s an accomplishment that deserves some respect.

  • Why aren't others being annexed?

    To the editor: Everybody knows St. James plans to forcibly annex small, commercially zoned tracts at the Midway intersection, which is miles from its main entrance.

    But did you know the St. James Plantation sales office, which is at the traffic light right across the street from the main entrance and directly adjacent to the soon-to-be-constructed town hall and community center, is not currently in the town of St. James and is not part of the areas slated to be involuntarily annexed?

  • Be informed about healthcare reform

    To the editor: I read Sen. Richard Burr’s description of the Patients’ Choice Act he co-authored and was intrigued enough to research his proposal.

    Elements of his bill, as well as Democrat-sponsored bills, make sense and can have a positive impact on healthcare in the U.S.

    Medical malpractice reform, prioritizing healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine and eliminating waste and inefficiency in the current system are the “low hanging fruit” in this debate.