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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you, Mike McIntyre

    To the editor:

    For Rep. Mike McIntyre: Thank you for caring and helping veterans. I fought the VA for 12 years with no results. I contacted your office and you and your staff were instrumental in keeping a check on my case and to keep me informed that someone was trying to help. With your help my case got to where it needed to go and to be seen. I finally got a ruling on my case and won.

    Thank you for your staff and your willingness to help veterans.

    A.V. Barrington

  • The irony of the Glenn Beck rally

    To the editor:

    Did anyone besides me note the irony in the Beacon snapshots of attendees at the recent Glenn Beck rally in Washington, D.C., held at the same site and on the same day as Martin Luther King’s historic Freedom March? I could have been one of those lily-white people pictured since there was not a single person of color in evidence.

  • Pantano is not the right choice

    To the editor:

    While I am not pleased at how U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre voted on the healthcare bill, I am absolutely horrified at the conduct of Ilario Pantano, his opponent in the November election.

    When Mr. Pantano was a Marine in Iraq in 2003, he shot two civilian men while holding them so they and their car, empty of any weapons, could be searched.

  • 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.