Today's Opinions

  • Find the good

    To the editor: Find the good in every day, hold it in your heart like a scripture.

    It’s easy to see the negative, hard to paint the perfect picture.

    Frequently we take for granted, frequently we forget

    What is it that’s important, and what is it we should regret.

    Opportunities we don't take turn into an infamous mistake.

    Always working, always taking short breaks.

    Some bet it all and wager their lives

    And some play it safe and struggle inside

    Whenever not sure, up is always the definite rout.

  • So To Save Us

    To the editor: With nature’s rules, whole world will comply;

    At night, deep darkness does fill whole sky.

    Then morning breaks and sun begins to rise,

    Starting new day with God’s great surprise.

    Early one morning, new baby had been born;

    His or her body from mother was then torn.

    Such a sweet child still so worth seeing,

    Separate new entity it now was being.

    When praying without raving or ranted,

    Many more things, Gracious God granted.

    When our prayers will answer each and all,

  • Student suggests Web site changes

    To the editor: A student in communication studies at UNC-Wilmington recently presented her proposal for re-designing the university’s Web site. As part of a required project in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree, Stephanie Putnam of Leland recommended the separation of academic and non-academic subjects for continuing education courses.

    UNC-Wilmington’s Web site currently processes CE requests; however, with this change, Brunswick Community College, as well as teachers in eight surrounding counties, could benefit from easier, more informative accessibility.

  • Trailblazers exemplify giving back to community

    Each of their stories started with an idea or an interest, and from there they started changing lives.

    This week, the Beacon launches “Trailblazers,” a feature that takes a closer look at some of the people who are changing lives in Brunswick County and beyond.

    Trailblazers replaces “Most Interesting People,” and while it kicks off this week with 10 profiles, it is scheduled to run all year long with a new Trailblazer featured once a month in Tidelines.

  • A leader, a champion for the community, Thompson served Brunswick County well

    I vividly remember the day I first met Randy Thompson. It was my first week at the Beacon. Fresh off the sports desk with no hard news experience, I hit the ground running from day one.

    The first week was a whirlwind—the county budget unveiled on day one, witnessing my first news story bleeding with the red ink of corrections on day two and a horrific fatal wreck on day three—that’s how it all began.

  • Insurance rates are too high

    To the editor: I have lived more than 20 miles from the coast since 1978 and have never had a weather-related damage claim on my property insurance, yet my premiums have tripled.

    The last claim I had was on property in Wingate (Union County).

    We are getting increases, and the western counties are getting reductions. Hugo went there and not here.

    Our representatives are trying, but nothing will help until we property owners get involved. We need to write and call to get the news media involved. There are 13 coastal counties involved.

  • ‘Uniquely Brunswick County’ photo contest nets 173 entries

    To some, nothing says “Brunswick County” better than a view of the scenic Shallotte River.

    To another, the endless road and the intertwined trees found at Orton Plantation best describes the place we call home.

    After a call for everything “Uniquely Brunswick County,” The Brunswick Beacon received 173 entries in this year’s “Think Outside the Beach” photo contest.

    This was the second year for the photo contest, and the number of entries more than tripled last year’s submissions.

  • January can be first in more ways than one

    I’ve always dreaded January.

    In my book and new 2010 New Yorker desk diary, currently lying flat and blank like a cold deserted beach, January looks like a long month of Mondays.

    After a festive and fun weekend (i.e., this past Christmas), suddenly it’s back to work when January breezes, literally, over the calendar transom, flipping us into the unknown of a stark new year.

    Out with the holiday feasting, pumpkin pie and Norm’s hot buttered rum, in with the leftover celery, Slim-Fast and water.