Today's Opinions

  • Stay alert during Severe Weather Awareness Month

    Skies turned dark and winds picked up suddenly Monday afternoon in Shallotte. The familiar clicking of tiny hail stones bouncing off the ground soon joined sounds of heavy rain. The storm popped up quickly and after a drenching rain it was gone, leaving clear skies.
    Sudden, drastic changes in the weather like this help note the importance of Severe Weather Awareness Month, which spans throughout March.

  • Letters have reached a new low

    To the editor:
    Letters to the Beacon critical of Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato have reached a new low.
    As a person who is handicapped, I was highly offended by the writer who said, “As mayor, he interrupts council members while they are speaking; he seems incapable of following the agenda; and it appears he cannot hear or is asleep during council discussion.”

  • Stop wasting our time and money

    To the editor:
    County commissioners, shame on you! You were not elected to put forward your personal agendas but to supervise the operation of our county government.
    At a time when we need our elected officials to be concentrating on controlling spending, creating jobs and getting people back to work, why are you wasting time and money on issues which do not fall under the job you were elected to perform?

  • We are a fractured society

    To the editor:
    I received an email this morning that documented with actual film footage the rescue of people from Manhattan Island on 9/11. It was the largest boat evacuation in history, rescuing 500,000 people in nine hours. Hundreds of boats, all sizes, converged on the lower end of Manhattan to transport the dust-covered masses to safety.
    It took me back to that fateful day, but not to reflect on the horror and loss of life. What I remembered was the courage and compassion of the American people.

  • Representative gets it

    To the editor:
    I think Rep. Frank Iler gets it. Greg Piner doesn’t. Keeping with Piner’s logic, sightseers, visitors and others should pay reduced fees for bus, taxi or ferry transit.
    Would the rides be free if the person utilizes this mode of travel to and from work?
    John A. Difloure

  • Backyard garbage pickup available

    To the editor:
    Most elderly residents disabled by age are unaware that Brunswick County offers backyard garbage pickup.
    If a physician signs a county form indicating the resident cannot pull a 90-gallon container to the curb, and no one else is available in the household to put the container out, the county will provide backyard pickup.
    The most egregious oversight is the failure to notify all residents of the original Carolina Shores neighborhood. Many owners moved here 30 years ago, widowed and are unable to transport trash.

  • What caused the rant?

    To the editor:
    Councilwoman scolds mayor? What caused that rant? Sunset Beach councilwoman Karen Joseph said during the Feb. 6 council meeting, “We have letters that say ‘Sunset At Sunset did nothing wrong, nothing illegal.’”
    Mayor Cerrato had the audacity to ask her for a copy of the letters. She has not and will not provide him with copies because no such letters exist.

  • Real estate agents grateful for workers who gave a hoot

    Local real estate agent Pam Allen was frantic—could or would anyone help her with her latest mission to rescue a baby owl that had fallen from its nest?
    Allen’s clients first noticed the little owl, covered in fine white down, resting on the ground under a tall pine tree last week near property she had been showing them on Waterway Drive in Sunset Beach. The baby apparently had fallen out of its nest in the tree about 30 feet overhead.