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Today's Opinions

  • Some tax-free weekend shopping tips

    It’s back-to-school time. Grab your checkbooks, cash and credit cards, and get ready to hit the stores for school clothes, school supplies and books.

    If you have your list ready—or at least part of it—this weekend is a great time to shop. North Carolina and South Carolina will have their fall sales tax holidays from Aug. 6-Aug. 8. If you venture to the mall, be prepared to face the crowds.

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.

  • Cartoon was a cheap shot

    To the editor: The editorial cartoon in the July 15 issue of the Beacon was a cheap shot at the Sunset Beach code enforcement people.

    I know firsthand they are all hardworking, caring employees who do a lot of good for the people who visit Sunset Beach. By enforcing codes, they are doing their jobs and trying to protect the beach.

    In your cartoon, you note the child can’t read. I would ask where are the parents? They are probably the same people who visit the beach and let their dogs run loose, bring glass containers and shoot off fireworks.

  • What happened to countywide recycling?

    To the editor: Why was a countywide recycling program put on hold?

    A Brunswick County brochure gives multiple reasons to recycle: saves natural resources, conserves energy, protects the environment, creates jobs, saves money and reduces need for space at the landfill.

    There was ample “evidence” why recycling is a good idea for Brunswick County. The supportive evidence is compelling. In the spring, it looked like the county was putting its money where its mouth is regarding recycling.

    Then why was a countywide recycling program put on hold?

  • Terminal groins are not the answer

    To the editor: I commend Mayor Debbie Smith’s efforts to help the Golds with erosion problems; however, what will she do for the Ocean Isle Beach homeowners who will experience down-drift erosion caused by terminal groins?

    What will she do for taxpayers who will pay for the negative impacts of groins?

  • Have you checked your insurance policy lately?

    To the editor: If you have wind and hail coverage on your home anywhere in coastal North Carolina, it’s not worth anywhere close to what you might think.

    House Bill 1305 was signed into law on Aug. 26, 2009 (it then became Session Law 2009-472), and it lowered your protection without lowering your premiums.

    Under your state-controlled wind and hail policy, the contents of your home are now covered at only 40 percent of value as opposed to 70 percent before the law. It is no longer at the actual cash value to replace them.

  • He is the way

    To the editor: The dictionary describes “grace” as “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.”

    The Bible says we are saved by grace: “For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.

  • Supports Patterson for N.C. House

    To the editor: There’s been a lot of attention on the November elections and the change they will most likely bring to Washington. Personally, I’d like to focus on our area and talk about a change in who represents us.

    Dewey Hill is seeking his 10th term for the N.C. House. In that time, unemployment in Columbus County has risen from 4.7 percent to a high of 14 percent in February of this year. He also continues to vote to raise spending and taxes, including voting to tax Internet purchases and downloads.