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Today's Opinions

  • Sign of distress or disrespect? Oak Island man flies flag upside down to send a message

    Charlie Perry, owner of American Fish Co. in Oak Island, is fed up with where this country is headed.

    He’s frustrated with government bailouts and what he calls “squandering” of tax dollars. He’s so frustrated, about three weeks ago he began flying his flag upside down—what has traditionally been referred to as the national sign of distress.

  • Keep your dogs leashed

    My friends took two puppies for a walk on Sunset Beach recently. They never made it to the sand.

    About 6:30 p.m., they parked in the public lot at the gazebo. He had both puppies on their leashes while she went back to the car to get her sweatshirt. He passed a lady on her cell phone that had an unleashed husky and poodle by her side.

  • Supports MacCallum

    To the editor:

    Jim MacCallum is the clear choice for Clerk of Superior Court. He is a Vietnam veteran; three decades of practicing law; a leader at the national, state and local levels; and voted 2010 Citizen of the Year by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. He is a true public servant if I ever knew one.

  • Happy for quality of life extras

    To the editor:

    The letter to the editor last week suggesting that county funding for parks and libraries should be cut is absurd.

    Brunswick County libraries do much more than provide Internet service to “those that cannot afford it.” My wife and I use the Hickmans Crossroads Branch Library.

  • Lines at the DMV

    To the editor:

    I had the misfortune of losing my wallet recently (my fault) and then had to list those things that needed to be done to compensate for the dumbness.

    One of those, of course, is replacement of your driver’s license. Since I had to go to the police station in Shallotte to report the loss, I decided I would go by the DMV to seek a replacement.

  • What’s happened to transparency?

    What’s happened to transparency?

    To the editor:

    Last November, the residents of Carolina Shores voted overwhelmingly for change. What we got was same old, same old. Still closed-door secret meetings.

    What happened to transparency, Ms. Dunn? I would pose the same question to Mr. Goodenough but he is obviously the silent partner on the board of commissioners and has no opinion unless someone gives it to him.

  • Downtown Shallotte to make summer a little more entertaining with Summerfest series

    Ready for summer?

    Here in Brunswick County, we’re always ready to hit the beach and play a little mini-golf, but even more options are popping up every year to provide a little additional fun and surprises for locals and visitors.

    The Downtown Shallotte committee is once again putting together its Summerfest series

    of concerts and movies at Rourk Gardens to celebrate the community and get people to spend time right here in town rather than making the trek to Myrtle Beach or Wilmington.

  • Beacon website has been improved, updated

    If you’ve visited www.brunswickbeacon.com recently, you’ll notice there have been some changes.

    Over the last several months, the Beacon staff has been working with a corporate team to redesign our website.

    The good news is you’ll still find all the quality news coverage you’ve come to expect from the Beacon. The better news is, you’ll now find more of it, and new ways to interact with the Beacon and the community.