Today's Opinions

  • What happened to fiscal conservatism, commissioners?

    Why are county commissioners paid a salary?

    They get paid for attending meetings. They get paid mileage to travel to and from meetings. They get paid to talk to constituents on the phone. 

    So, why then, are they paid a salary—$13,858 for chairman Bill Sue and $11,548 for each other commissioner?

    Every commissioner we asked seemed to have a different take on what exactly they’re getting paid their salaries for, and what exactly constitutes a meeting. 

  • Behind the scenes: How sunshine can melt even the biggest of icebergs

    There’s been a flurry of activity in our newsroom lately. Newsrooms are always bustling, especially a smaller one like ours where everyone wears several hats, but it seems once the calendar turns to September things really take off.

    Between special sections (check out The Real Women of Brunswick County in today’s paper), elections (and all the melee that comes with them) and festivals each and every weekend from now until the first frost, there hasn’t been much downtime lately.

  • Residents want spaces, parks

    To the editor:

    According to the Local Government Commission (LGC), Sunset Beach is well-positioned to buy the 5 acres between Bill’s Seafood and Twin Lakes for a park and potential boat ramp without adding to the tax burden of property owners.

  • Maybe residents don’t want park

    To the editor:

    In last week’s Beacon, Sunset Beach councilman DeVita shared his position that tax dollars should be spent to purchase land for a park. Previously, councilwoman [Karen] Joseph spoke of her “vision” as if she were prescient as to the desires of the residents. Now, as elected officials, isn’t it time that they gave the taxpayers a vehicle to voice their opinions?

  • Supports Wilson for clerk of court

    To the editor:

    Let me tell you something about Cheryl Cheers Wilson, our clerk of superior court. She graduated from Shallotte High School and attended Southeastern Community College where she was an A student. She has 29 years of experience in the legal field, nine years as a legal secretary, 16 years as a magistrate judge and four years as clerk of courts.

  • Thank you, Mike McIntyre

    To the editor:

    For Rep. Mike McIntyre: Thank you for caring and helping veterans. I fought the VA for 12 years with no results. I contacted your office and you and your staff were instrumental in keeping a check on my case and to keep me informed that someone was trying to help. With your help my case got to where it needed to go and to be seen. I finally got a ruling on my case and won.

    Thank you for your staff and your willingness to help veterans.

    A.V. Barrington

  • The irony of the Glenn Beck rally

    To the editor:

    Did anyone besides me note the irony in the Beacon snapshots of attendees at the recent Glenn Beck rally in Washington, D.C., held at the same site and on the same day as Martin Luther King’s historic Freedom March? I could have been one of those lily-white people pictured since there was not a single person of color in evidence.

  • Pantano is not the right choice

    To the editor:

    While I am not pleased at how U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre voted on the healthcare bill, I am absolutely horrified at the conduct of Ilario Pantano, his opponent in the November election.

    When Mr. Pantano was a Marine in Iraq in 2003, he shot two civilian men while holding them so they and their car, empty of any weapons, could be searched.