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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Sunset-Gate?

    To the editor:

    In the complaint against Sunset Beach’s lead building inspector by the N.C. Code Officials Qualification Board, the town’s employee “did not deny the allegations and further admitted to being compensated for the work done.” 

    Furthermore, the state investigator conclusions are “sufficient to justify a hearing to determine if (Jeff) Curtis is guilty of willful misconduct, gross negligence, or gross incompetence.” 

    Just a few questions and thoughts:

  • Trust in Jesus

    To the editor:

    Illegal prescription drug use is on the rise and has moved ahead of heroin and cocaine in Brunswick County. Why do people feel the need to use drugs to escape the reality of life? Billy Graham said once that we are all created with a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts that only God can fill.

    When we come under the influence of drugs, we are trying to run away from God. We are attempting to drown out any emptiness or guilt that is associated with godlessness.