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Today's Opinions

  • Sheriff, district attorney and clerk of court should be nonpartisan races

    During the May primary election season, two of the more-heated and more-interesting races were for Brunswick County Sheriff and the district attorney that serves our county.

    In the Republican race for sheriff, current sheriff John Ingram was challenged by North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Daniels. Ingram defeated Daniels to be the Republican sheriff candidate in November.

    On the Democratic side, it was the race of the Lewises as Rendy Lewis challenged and ultimately defeated Louie Lewis for the Democratic spot on the November General Election ballot.

  • Post-election reflections from the political sidelines

     The greatest days of the year for a political reporter have to be the days following an election.

    The races are called (for the most part), the campaign staffs have eased up on their 3 a.m. press e-mails (fastest way to annoy a reporter with a BlackBerry) and the candidates’ signs you can’t drive 5 feet without seeing seemingly disappear overnight.

  • Free concert was a treat

    To the editor:

    On Sunday, May 2, the Brunswick Concert Band and the Brunswick Big Band offered a free concert at the Sea Trail Conference Center. The concert was well performed, and enjoyed by more than 300 people.

  • Requests resolution on terminal groins

    To the editor:

    While I think terminal groins are a bad idea and will work to oppose them in the future, I did not urge the council to oppose them at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, as reported by the Beacon.

    I asked the council to send a resolution to the General Assembly requesting the eight recommendations to the General Assembly from the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) be included in any bill that permits groins.

  • Be a part of the solution: Vote

    To the editor:

    I sit almost a week after our primary election and still cannot comprehend why 60,497 registered voters in Brunswick County decided not to vote.

    As of last Tuesday’s primary there were 75,871 registered voters and only 15,374 ballots were cast through two and a half weeks of early voting and the actual primary voting day. What does it say about our community that 60,497 people either have no opinion or just don’t care about who leads us?

  • Jane Lawson

    Jane Carol Lawson, 73, of Southport, died suddenly May 8.

    She was born on Aug. 2, 1936, in Attica, Mich., daughter of the late Fred and Mary Swain. She was the sister of the late Bob Swain.

    She worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 15 years before retiring to St. James Plantation with husband Robert in 1995. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church for years, and had a deep passion for travel and golf.

  • Successful prayer event

    To the editor: I want to thank everyone who supported the National Day of Prayer event at Rourk Park on May 6. The event had the largest crowd, about 90 people, since I organized the first one seven years ago.

    I also want to thank all the pastors and laity who participated in the event. A special thank you to Marty Cooke, who provided the sound system and Al Parker, who took time to erect the banner for the event.

    Rev. Richard C. Vaughan

    NDP local coordinator

  • Paws-Ability appreciates support

    To the editor: Paws-Ability recently hosted its inaugural celebrity golf tournament at St. James Plantation in Southport on Saturday, April 24. We sincerely appreciate the support of St. James Plantation and our many sponsors, silent auction donors, tournament participants, volunteers and the community in making this event such a success.