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Today's Opinions

  • Protect yourself from the dangerous heat lingering in the county

    Here’s a comment from Captain Obvious, “It’s hot outside.”

    As I sit here writing this Monday afternoon, Brunswick County is under a heat advisory. The National Weather Service has Monday’s highs at about 98 degrees, with the heat index potentially pushing as high as 107.

    Tuesday, the day the newspaper is printed and readied for the public, temperatures are expected to teeter in the mid-90s, with temperatures hanging out around 90 degrees for the rest of the week.

  • Terminal groin bill should go to the House floor

    The decision about whether terminal groins could be a viable option for coastal erosion control is now in the hands of one person, and that’s not how it should be.

    According to Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith and Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney is controlling whether Senate Bill 832 will be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session. 

  • Not on board with those who think ‘enough’ is ‘enuf’

    I consider myself an expert. A spelling expert, that is.

    As the two-time, consecutive champ and reigning co-winner of the Brunswick County Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about words in the English language and even more about spelling bees.

  • Delivering papers has been rewarding

    To the editor: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”(Ecclesiastes 3: 1)

    For 26 years, we have delivered The Brunswick Beacon to many businesses in Brunswick County, previously for Mr. Sweatt and recently for the present owners.

    Every Wednesday morning, our purpose was to distribute the paper, distribute the news to the people; however, there were
other purposes.

  • Win or lose, gaming parlors have upper hand in Little Vegas

    Back when video poker machines were all the rage just south of the border, some folks took to dubbing my adopted hometown of Little River, S.C., “Little Reno.”

    Then the betting tables turned, laws changed, and video parlors were shut down in the Palmetto State. Law-abiding North Carolinians were forced to venture to big Reno or Atlantic City to do their out-of-state gambling.

    Except for the casino boats, Little River resumed its former image as a quaint fishing village.

  • Thanks for help with memorial

    To the editor: This is a letter of thanks to old friends and hopefully new ones.

    My heart was truly touched last week by people I have never met and by ones I’ve known for years.

    My brother Mark Walker went to be with the Lord last June 6. He was cremated, and I felt I didn’t have a place to visit with him because I took his ashes to Alaska where he wanted to be.

  • ‘Life’ shouldn’t mean lenient sentence

    To the editor: Convicted murderer Terrance Jones, sentenced to life in prison on Oct. 17, 1994, is now scheduled to be released May 19, 2013.

    That’s 19 years, not to mention his 29 infractions including drugs, weapons, gangs and fighting while he was serving time.

    The parole boards mission is to protect the people of Brunswick County, not to free up the prison population and to put this kind of prisoner back in society.

    Why is it that politics always reduces our foundational values, laws and principles to the level of a joke?

  • Thanks for wallet return

    To the editor: I want to thank the honest person who turned my wallet in at the new Food Lion in Shallotte. I did not realize it was missing until 24 hours later. I thought it might have fallen out in my drawer at work.

    I got to work the next day and it was not in my drawer. I panicked and was ready to call my bank and credit card company but remembered the last time I used it was at Food Lion. I called and sure enough it was there.

    It is nice to know there are still honest people in this world. Thank you again and God bless.

    Liz Johnston