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Today's Opinions

  • Responds to letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    I am responding to the Cerrato letter in the March 3 edition of the Beacon. That letter concerns allegations against Sunset Beach lead building inspector Jeff Curtis. It is another attempt to discredit our town’s elected officials and professional staff. Cerrato, as usual, uses partial quotes and half-truths in his crusade to prove that our town officials are corrupt.

  • Judging with clean hands?

    To the editor:

    Police, confronting a real or potential culprit in tense situations, want to see their “hands,” hands that can externally first telegraph internal, harmful, hidden agendas. Courts of law, when sitting in equity to adjudge, should contemplate the concern, “Are the complainants here ‘with clean hands?’”

  • How will parking be this season?

    To the editor:

    We have read many comments in the Beacon from Sunset Beach “islanders” and found it hard to believe that people could say those hurtful things. 

    We saw extra driveways built and the “no parking” signs, and believed solutions would be found, that islanders were overreacting. We trusted that Sunset Beach officials would make provisions for “us other taxpayers” to use the public beach.

  • IDs can help stop voter fraud

    To the editor:

    Photo IDs are required by law as proof of identity in North Carolina to sell scrap metal, purchase surplus North Carolina state property, obtain a pistol purchase permit, get a library card, apply for social services and by federal law, to establish a bank account, fly on an airplane, or cash a U.S. postal money order.

  • When salaries affect decisions

    To the editor:

    Noted author Upton Sinclair reportedly once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.” 

    How well that quote epitomizes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to persuade public union members of the falsehoods in their leaders’ opposition to his legislation.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores             

  • Don’t turn tourists away from beach

    To the editor:

    This is in response to closing side streets to parking on the island of Sunset Beach. Many families rent condos and houses on the mainland when spending their vacation at Sunset Beach. These families support the local economy by spending their dollars in the restaurants and shops and grocery stores. 

    Instead of embracing tourists, the town will be turning them away. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    Carolyn Dinwiddie

    Richmond, Va., and Sunset Beach

  • Sometimes getting public access is more difficult than it should be

    I cut my journalism teeth working in a small, rural Kentucky community where generations of my family were born, went to school, worked and died.

    I rarely went out without having to talk about my last name, what part of the county I lived in and where I grew up. 

  • Celebrating Sunshine Week and your right to know

    Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?