Today's Opinions

  • We’re looking for an energetic, highly motivated staff writer to join our team

    We’ve had some changes in our newsroom recently and now we’re looking for a staff writer and photographer to join our team.

    As our readers are aware, we’re a diverse newspaper and we’re looking for a person with diverse writing and photography skills and a variety of interests in things happening in Brunswick County.

    We’re looking for someone who has a journalism degree or related career experience. 

  • Vote ‘yes’ on ballot to ban felons from serving as sheriffs

    This one is a no-brainer. 

    On Nov. 2, voters will be faced with some tough decisions when they select their elected officials—from the county commissioners chamber in Bolivia to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.

    There will also be a constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot, and we say it will be the easiest choice you’ll have to make that Tuesday. 

  • Sept. 11 documentaries important part of history

    In a few decades, it’s going to be one of the most asked questions of my generation—Where were you on 9/11?

    I was a senior in high school, getting ready for school on a late-start school day. The rest of the school was taking state-mandated tests from which the seniors were exempt. So I was at home, watching “The Golden Girls”—those who know me can testify my lifelong addiction to that show—when my mom called me from work and told me to turn on the news.

  • Old news sparks new interest in wild western Brunswick County

    Brunswick County has had its share of wildness and shoot-‘em-up, drink-‘em-up, sting-‘em-up news.

    Since the beginning of time—or at least since the debut nearly 48 years ago of the old Shallotte Press—soon to be renamed The Brunswick Beacon by reader Jo Ann Simmons, who won $50 in a newspaper-naming contest—there’s been plenty of news in this county to justify the cost of applying ink to paper and charging a fee for it.

  • It’s all fun and games right until someone gets stung by wasps

    My great-grandmother made it clear. My cousin and I were to stay far away from the old pickup truck she had parked near some trees in a clearing.

    Seems the truck had been there some time, not running, and wasps had decided it was as good a place as any to call home.

    “If you don’t want to get stung, stay away from it,” she said.

    My cousin and cohort in crime smiled with his back turned toward her and nodded in my direction. We headed outside.

  • What exactly is going on at DSS and why is the board keeping it so quiet?

    We’re not exactly clear what’s going on with Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services, but we have some concerns about the actions taken recently by its board.

    On Aug. 6, the board had a meeting where it made a decision to place Jamie Orrock, DSS director, on paid administrative leave. We can find no record of public notice being given for this meeting.

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor:

    Jim MacCallum is a candidate for the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court. It is an important position to residents of the county that requires a thorough knowledge of the laws to make decisions that impact individuals lives, plus trustworthiness to handle millions of dollars in court fees.

    An attorney for 33 years, past-president of the West Virginia State Bar, past-president of the West Virginia State Board of Education overseeing a multimillion dollar budget and practicing law in Brunswick County assure me of his ability.

  • Group forms to help COPD victims

    To the editor:

    An invisible killer is in our midst. It’s called COPD.

    You may not recognize the name COPD but it stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and basically includes disease such as emphysema, fibrosis, alpha 1 deficiency and many more. It is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and is growing rapidly.

    Many people suffer from some form of breathing problem or have someone they know or in their family that does.