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Today's Opinions

  • Why were sweepstakes banned?

    To the editor:

    I am confused on why the state of North Carolina would ban sweepstakes. They not only bring revenue to the cities they are in, but also employment to thousands of individuals.

    I have frequented these establishments and see they are well maintained and abide all North Carolina state laws.

    I believe if these establishments were regulated the state and cities they are in would benefit. These establishments operate on the same principle as the lottery. Why not give the people the right to vote if they want or don’t want sweepstakes?

  • Let representatives know your thoughts

    To the editor:

    “Across Texas, 60,000 babies of non-citizens get U.S. birthright.” That’s the headline today, soon it will be repeated in every state until natural-born Americans are the minority.

  • Clarifying insurance changes

    To the editor:

    Last week, some of Mr. Garrison’s information concerning wind and hail insurance written with the NCIUA was confusing.

    I am an independent insurance agent and I do not promote one insurance carrier over another.

    First, House Bill 1305 did reduce contents coverage from 70-40 percent but that percentage is based on the dwelling value and not on the contents value. A standard homeowner’s policy includes contents valued at 70 percent of the dwelling value and prior to the 2009 Bill, the NCJUA policy followed suit.

  • We’re looking for a dynamic news page designer to join our team

    Each week Brunswick Beacon reporters and our news clerk generate thousands upon thousands of words to fill each edition of this newspaper.

    After brainstorming, researching and interviewing, reporters compose stories, take and select photos, write cutlines and suggest headlines. After it all moves through the editing process two people—the page designer and the editor, in this case, me—take all the words, photos and headlines and arrange them in a way that attempts to make them engaging for our customers.

  • Free dental clinic could help families

    New Beginnings Community Church in Shallotte and CommWell Health and Dental are partnering together to provide a day of free dental care to school-aged children.

    Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, children with appointments—and walk-ins who will be seen on a time-permitted basis—will have the opportunity to visit the mobile dental clinic where they will receive an oral exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment from a dental hygienist. 

  • Fair and expo would be a good draw for Shallotte

    Some local residents are joining together to organize an old-fashioned, family-style fair for Shallotte. 

    If all goes well, the midway will light up next year on Sept. 9 and attendees will be treated to rides, food, entertainment, business displays, crafters and more through Sept. 12. There will also be a tribute in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    This event is going to take a lot of hard work and will need significant community support, but we think it will be worth all of the effort.

  • Some tax-free weekend shopping tips

    It’s back-to-school time. Grab your checkbooks, cash and credit cards, and get ready to hit the stores for school clothes, school supplies and books.

    If you have your list ready—or at least part of it—this weekend is a great time to shop. North Carolina and South Carolina will have their fall sales tax holidays from Aug. 6-Aug. 8. If you venture to the mall, be prepared to face the crowds.

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.