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Today's Opinions

  • Supports marriage amendment, not editor’s opinion

    To the editor:
    In my opinion, last week’s opinion column by editor Stacey Manning degrades and demeans the Bible, and men, especially wealthy, bald men in such a way that is divisive and sickening.

  • Thanks for Arbor Day coverage

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank the Beacon, especially Laura Lewis, for the excellent coverage of the Arbor Day celebration in Carolina Shores.
    This town has seen its share of stories in the paper that have been less than favorable over the last nine years or so, and I believe we have turned a corner as to how we will be perceived. I for one wish to thank all who have made this possible.

  • Friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone: Local deputy battles cancer out West

    If you’ve never had a family member, friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer, you’re either very, very lucky or you’re a liar.

    I remember back when I was in high school, cancer was something that your friend’s neighbor’s uncle had. It seemed so foreign.

    Then, when I got to college, it was something that happened to my friends’ mothers. It began to get more real.

    Year after year, it kept hitting closer to home until, last year, bam, like a smack upside the head, it did hit home.

  • Stay alert during Severe Weather Awareness Month

    Skies turned dark and winds picked up suddenly Monday afternoon in Shallotte. The familiar clicking of tiny hail stones bouncing off the ground soon joined sounds of heavy rain. The storm popped up quickly and after a drenching rain it was gone, leaving clear skies.
    Sudden, drastic changes in the weather like this help note the importance of Severe Weather Awareness Month, which spans throughout March.

  • Letters have reached a new low

    To the editor:
    Letters to the Beacon critical of Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato have reached a new low.
    As a person who is handicapped, I was highly offended by the writer who said, “As mayor, he interrupts council members while they are speaking; he seems incapable of following the agenda; and it appears he cannot hear or is asleep during council discussion.”

  • Stop wasting our time and money

    To the editor:
    County commissioners, shame on you! You were not elected to put forward your personal agendas but to supervise the operation of our county government.
    At a time when we need our elected officials to be concentrating on controlling spending, creating jobs and getting people back to work, why are you wasting time and money on issues which do not fall under the job you were elected to perform?

  • We are a fractured society

    To the editor:
    I received an email this morning that documented with actual film footage the rescue of people from Manhattan Island on 9/11. It was the largest boat evacuation in history, rescuing 500,000 people in nine hours. Hundreds of boats, all sizes, converged on the lower end of Manhattan to transport the dust-covered masses to safety.
    It took me back to that fateful day, but not to reflect on the horror and loss of life. What I remembered was the courage and compassion of the American people.

  • Representative gets it

    To the editor:
    I think Rep. Frank Iler gets it. Greg Piner doesn’t. Keeping with Piner’s logic, sightseers, visitors and others should pay reduced fees for bus, taxi or ferry transit.
    Would the rides be free if the person utilizes this mode of travel to and from work?
    John A. Difloure
    Shallotte