Today's Opinions

  • What is a cult?

    To the editor:
    The election season has brought about questions of what is a cult. Christian apologist Alan Gomes says a cult of Christianity is “a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrine system taught by an individual leader, group of leaders, or organization, which (system) denies (either explicitly or implicitly) one or more of the central doctrines of the Christian faith as taught in the 66 books of the Bible.”

  • November is for Lung Cancer Awareness

    To the editor:
    I was diagnosed in 2003 with stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer and underwent radiation and chemo treatments. I had quit smoking more than 10 years prior to diagnosis. I was one of the lucky ones and am in remission. Not many survive lung cancer diagnosed in late stages, 3 and 4.
    The stigma against lung cancer must be stopped. Only 20 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer are current smokers. Lung cancer receives the least amount of funding for research. The American Cancer Society spends most of its money on smoking cessation.

  • It's almost Election Day—do you know who you're voting for?

    There’s nothing like taking a week off to zap a soul back to reality—my soul, that is. And my reality.

    After five luxurious days consisting of a fantastic (car) cruise to Wilmington (for food and essentials), carpetmen transforming my worn floors and assorted de-cluttering (which I’m still working on), I had to face the inevitability of the following back-to-work Monday this week.

    And approaching elections—how could anyone covering southern Brunswick County forget about those? Certainly not me—except during that blissful week off.

  • Homeless: Nowhere to turn for help

    Last week I received a phone call from my editor saying she thought there was a homeless couple sitting in front of the entrance to Walmart. She knew I was working on a story about homelessness in Brunswick County and suggested I check it out.

    I was just leaving the Beacon for the evening and decided to head over. As I arrived I saw a couple that appeared to be about my age. They were sitting on the ground holding a sign that read “Please Help.”

  • Vote for courage

    To the editor:
    According to the board of elections, Sunset Beach has mayoral candidate Clinton Dunlop registered to vote on Feb. 22 and council candidate Mike Williams registered to vote on March 22.
    I also learned the newly arrived mayoral candidate lives next door to the current mayor and is an avid golfer. Does this familiarity continue to have candidates serve as marionettes for those who are leaving office?

  • Parking fee too much

    To the editor:
    My husband and I attended our first and last N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach. Please know this has nothing to do with the vendors, because their wares were great. We are upset because of the admission charge, even though we knew and were prepared to pay $5 for adults and $2 for children. We were not aware that we would have to pay $5 for parking, since we weren’t lucky enough to find free parking.

  • Vote for Brennan

    To the editor:
    If you are a resident of The Village at Calabash, a wonderful community within Carolina Shores, and you have a question about just about anything, there is one person to go to first: Bill Brennan.
    You may ask others, but more than likely, they will respond in ways such as, “Have you asked Bill?” or “Bill Brennan is up-to-date on that,” or “Bill really helped me understand what to do,” or “I couldn’t begin to explain it, but Bill has the know-how and he will get the job done.”

  • Goodenough for mayor

    To the editor:
    U.S. 17, now a four-lane highway, was once a two-lane road. When heavy rains came, some streets in Carolina Shores were under water. They became impassable, and many homes were flooded because N.C. Department of Transportation was using the Carolina Shores drainage ditches to drain the new four-lane highway.
    Previous mayors and commissioners asked NCDOT for a solution to this problem, but were unable to persuade them to help Carolina Shores.