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Today's Opinions

  • Early College High School is providing unique opportunities for area students

    It has been an intense four years for some Brunswick County students.

    Since 2006, students in Brunswick County’s Early College High School program have been studying their high school curriculum while at the same time exploring life in college.

    By taking college-level courses at Brunswick Community College, students have the opportunity to finish high school while earning a college-level associate’s degree—in just four years.

  • Little lockboxes and a whole lot of trust from small businesses in Brunswick County

    The first time I saw it, I was on my way to a northeastern part of the county.

    My husband had seen it before me. He couldn’t believe it and he wanted me to see it too.

    “Check this out,” he said, pulling into a small produce stand off a busy road.

    We got out of the car and walked over. No one was there, but there was plenty of seasonal produce available. Nearby was a locked box. There was a sign directing people to insert payment into the box.

    “An honor box?” I asked, bewildered.

  • What’s the future of healthcare?

    To the editor: I recently contracted poison ivy and developed cellulitis while traveling. I went to a clinic near Dallas, and was told they were not accepting Medicare patients. I offered to pay for treatment but was denied.

    I then went into another clinic and was told they already had three people waiting and I could not been seen.

    Next, I went to a clinic where I was told they were not accepting Medicare patients even though I also had Tri Care for Life (military retiree) and credit cards.

  • Liked Operation Inasmuch event

    To the editor: On April 24, I went to an event at New Beginnings Community Church on N.C.130. It was entitled Operation Inasmuch.

    I understand it was statewide event. I was just amazed at what I saw here. It was a free give-away with clothing, furniture, appliances, lunch—just anything you could name. Also they had free dental and medical services.

  • Students free to be who they want to be in Jessie Mae art class

    Although I have always had an appreciation for art itself, it was one medium beyond my capabilities. Artwork for me never amounted to much more than a doodle of a flower in my notebook or bubble letters scrawled across the brown paper bag wrapped loosely around my algebra textbook.

  • Homeless man had local roots

    When Phillip Riley died in mid-March, he was homeless, living mostly in the woods and relying on the kindness of strangers who gave him food, clothing, a sleeping bag and a Bible.

    Cookie Weber of Longs, S.C., befriended the 47-year-old man after he started showing up for free meals at her South Carolina church, Little River United Methodist, just across the state line.

  • Animal services decision unacceptable

    To the editor: In response to the article “Brunswick County Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly” that appeared in the May 13 edition of the Beacon, it is unacceptable that the county health director would fail to pursue graduated licensure just because a small group of hunters showed up to object to the idea.

  • Surf It, Save It: N.C. Aquarium to present its first surf festival June 5-6

    Ever watch a surfing documentary like “Endless Summer” or even a silly beach party movie like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and wonder what it would be like to surf the big waves? Are you a local surfer who would love to know more about the history and culture of the sport?

    I’ve spent most of my summers in or near the ocean, but I’ve never quite had the guts to stand on a board. (Boogie boarding beats me up enough.) It’s a beautiful sport to watch, though, and someday, I’ll get the nerve to give it a try.