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Today's Opinions

  • Mayor’s death is a great loss to community

    It was with great sadness last week we learned of the sudden passing of Shallotte Mayor Donald C. “Buddy” Kelly.

    Kelly, who died following an illness, was a selfless and tireless community servant. 

    He earned the respect of all who knew him by being a conscientious listener. He was observant and respected other people’s opinions. When he spoke, those who knew and worked with him knew he was being thoughtful and had well evaluated information before sharing his opinion.

  • Bus tour of Sunset Beach brings new parking rules

    Bumping along on a bus on unpaved roads with town council isn’t anyone’s idea of a thrill ride. At least not mine.

    And if it were thrilling, it probably wouldn’t be allowed, because amusement rides aren’t part of the Sunset Beach island landscape.

    But council wanted to take a closer look at the parking sites it was about to prohibit. Hence, as part of a specially called meeting with the council-appointed beach parking committee on the morning of Feb. 18, members boarded a Sea Trail shuttle bus and headed for the island.

  • Donate prom dresses and accessories to help local girls in need

    The blue one was special because it made me feel elegant.

    The yellow one with rhinestones had a full skirt and made me feel like a princess.

    I initially didn’t want to try on the pink one because it didn’t have enough sparkle, but once my mom convinced me to, I never wanted to take it off.

    Even though I haven’t worn any of my prom or formal dresses for about a decade, I will never forget the feeling when I first put them on or how they looked in the pictures or the memories made while wearing them.

  • Nonprofit would be good for shelter

    To the editor:

    As a taxpayer, I am perplexed at the decision made by the health department regarding privatization of animal control.

    Chip Carroll of the Farm Bureau obviously did not understand RACE would never have the authority to enact changes to policy. 

    Don Yousey, health department director, stated RACE could do a better job than what is being done now and that Brunswick County had nothing to lose by allowing the change. 

  • Don’t allow hardened structures

    To the editor:

    There are 15-40 winter storms per year along the North Carolina coast. Sea level is rising at an increasing rate as determined from observations.

    Albeit, these natural processes are actually beneficial to North Carolina barrier islands, such as Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. They induce ocean waves and currents, which carry river discharge and sediments east to west along the shore face and into the sound side of the islands, ensuring that the islands will move toward the mainland as the Atlantic Ocean marches landward.

  • Green energy

    To the editor:

    We love our gym membership. Exercise is the real key to physical fitness. For a fee we can use all the machines and at once be held accountable (we paid money, we’ll be there) to work out. 

    Let’s put every exercise machine on a line shaft, connect the shaft to a generator and connect the generator to our electricity needs. Now the gym can sell the power and pay us to work out. 

  • There’s more about the radios

    To the editor:

    Re: Emergency Services Radios and Commissioners Reaction articles on Feb. 2 and 9 in the Beacon. 

    While both articles were well written, the headline suggested the county was spending too much on emergency radio systems.

    A little research revealed the following: Smart Link (old system) served its purpose. Like an eight-year-old computer, efficiency deteriorates and maintenance, upgrades and parts (if and when available) are just not cost-effective and the system was, in fact, nearing the end of its service life.

  • Move old bridge away from homes

    To the editor:

    As one drives down Shoreline Drive, you can see beautiful and expensive homes and the waterway, all of which have enhanced our town. With the addition of the new bridge, Sunset Beach has grown and is moving in the right direction.

    I drive this route several times each week and note traffic on Shoreline Drive is heavy with visitors passing through and others headed to and from golf courses. When I come out the southern entrance of Sea