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Today's Opinions

  • Good job, Michael Paul

    To the editor: Your sports editor Michael Paul did a remarkable job on his piece about boxer Waban Thomas’ death. He was complete, compassionate and caring.

    After 30 years with the Charlotte Observer and writing thousands of my “It’s a Matter of Life” obit columns, I think I am qualified to judge a good obit story when I read one. And this was one. Thanks, Michael.

  • Vote on town's referendum

    To the editor: Re: Proposition to restore mayor-council government in Carolina Shores

    Ask yourself when you first heard the Carolina Shores governmental structure was changed. Better yet, when did you hear about the possibility of changing our form of government?

    Did anyone ever ask you what your opinion was? Did any candidate ever bring up the subject in the last election? How about the one before that? No?

  • Let's get back to our roots and turn up the bluegrass

    With the popularity of the 2001 movie “O Brother Where art Thou?” came a resurgence of bluegrass and other “roots” music: songs made for singing with your family and friends on the porch at night, long before anyone knew about a recording industry or $40-a-head concerts.

    It’s similar to what happened in the 1960s when the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs wrote songs for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” and the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies,” except this time, it was more about the music than the artist.

  • Behind-the-scenes antics are toxic for open government

    Gere Dale, does the town of Carolina Shores have something to hide?

    Why is it you’re expending so much energy to keep public business behind closed, locked doors?

    On multiple occasions, when approached by a Beacon reporter about issues we believe are of public record, you have spent more time questioning the reporter’s sources than answering questions.

  • What’s the story? Looking for folk tales from Brunswick County

    When writer Renee Sloan got back from covering a ghost walk in Southport for our last Island Living of the year, she knew I’d be interested.

    She shared some of the stories of the county’s coast and gave a play-by-play of what happens on the nighttime history and paranormal discussion presented by the Old South Tour and Carriage Company around downtown Southport.

  • It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game

    Oftentimes, we let competition get the best of us.

    How many times do you see athletes make an unnecessary scene when a play goes wrong or when they don’t agree with a call? (I’m talking to you, Serena.)

    How many times have you been at a community sporting event and witnessed a parent or a coach engaging in the same reprehensible behavior? How many times have you personally gotten angry, said or did things you later regret while playing a simple game?

  • Joy of Coke, Pepsi, plastic quickly fizzling and melting

    It wasn’t that long ago sipping soda from a bottle—Coke, Pepsi or Cheerwine—was about as American and North Carolinian as you could get.

    As a kid, I lived for the times when my mother would let us go fetch a little bottle of Coke tucked in a secret place in the kitchen or down in the basement.

    Fond are my memories of perching at the counter at Woolworth’s or discovering the wonder of the new McDonald’s with an icy soft drink as a tooth-busting complement.

  • Benefits come with costs

    To the editor: To comment on the item in the Sept. 17 edition of the Beacon about Sunset Beach and the purchase of parkland, I agree progressive thinkers would see the long-range desirability of such a purchase.

    Too often the “choice” spots are lost to developers and private interests and the public (that’s us) doesn’t get the opportunity to acquire these lands.

    The new sewer system and a public park will enhance the community of Sunset Beach. Both must come with a price tag attached.