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Today's Opinions

  • A Harley rally here could be a big boost to the local economy

    The thought of a lot of noise—roaring engines—and traffic congestion may have filled some people’s minds when the Beacon announced last week Shallotte was being considered for an upcoming Harley rally.

    At a Shallotte pre-agenda meeting last Tuesday night, Rick Noyes, owner of the new Coastal Carolina Harley Davidson store on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, asked the town if it would support his attempts to bring the Harley Davidson Spring Beach Rally to town the week of May 10-17.

    It has since been announced the event will be in New Bern.

  • Some refreshers for officials on public records laws

    Sixty-eight hundred pages deep, not including the attorney’s discovery, I waded through public records at the N.C. Department of Insurance last month.

    After poorly navigating the maze of one-way streets that makes up downtown Raleigh, I eventually wound up in a circa 1982 conference room in the Dobbs Building. For the next two days, I trudged through e-mails, memos and charts looking to shed some light on the process used to determine the controversial rate increases to homeowners’ insurance in coastal counties.

  • Responds to Carolina Shores letter

    To the editor: I seldom respond to a letter to the editor, but the letter from Carolina Shores resident Bill Brennan contained a number of factual errors as well as omissions of facts. I am compelled therefore to respond.

    At the town meeting to which Brennan refers, I did not “chastise the residents of the Village of Calabash development,” but my remarks were directed solely to Brennan and close associate Goodenough.

  • Letter to elected officials

    To the editor:

    I am writing to let you know I strongly oppose the new insurance ruling that will allow insurance companies to increase coastal insurance rates by nearly 30 percent. To even consider such a huge increase is outrageous, especially when you consider their stated reason: “We are due for a huge devastating hurricane on the N.C. coast and if we have a storm of such magnitude, it will virtually wipe out all the insurance company financial reserves.”

  • Rate increases should have had more public discussion

    Elected officials representing Brunswick County and other coastal communities have joined together to fight against what many are calling unfairly high homeowners’ insurance rate increases for this and other North Carolina beach communities.

    Their push, including bills introduced in the North Carolina House and Senate, has been fueled by the outrage of many coastal residents who feel the 29.8 percent coastal insurance increase is too high, too unfair and done without enough public input.

  • Understanding the reasons why we have laws

    After my junior year in college I worked on a summer job and just before leaving to return to school for the fall semester, my supervisor gave me some advice that has remained with me over the years.

    He said, “Do what’s right.”

    The only difference in my advice and his is, “Do what’s right in the sight of God.”

  • Living in a world driven by annoying little beeps

    In a world of cell phones, pagers, BlackBerrys and late night television programs like “Chelsea Lately,” we are all used to hearing a few beeps. My phone beeps several times a day signaling a missed call or voicemail. I can usually tune it out until about the 20th beep—then some form of action is required.

    But it’s not just my phone that’s beeping. Lately I feel like I’m trapped in a noisy video game with no escape. I’ve noticed more appliances and household items are coming equipped with a “beep.”

  • Hurry up, spring!

    It’s 35 degrees in March. By the weekend, it’s expected to reach 70.

    I would celebrate, but I’m afraid the meteorologists will start calling for snow if I do.

    Everyone knows that by mid-February, we Southerners are ready for the warm weather.

    And we want it to stay warm. Otherwise, our delicate systems are upset and we get sick for a week.

    Think I’m exaggerating? As I’m writing this, I’m home with a sick daughter who is rubbing her nose red and is unable to breathe.