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Today's Opinions

  • How will parking be this season?

    To the editor:

    We have read many comments in the Beacon from Sunset Beach “islanders” and found it hard to believe that people could say those hurtful things. 

    We saw extra driveways built and the “no parking” signs, and believed solutions would be found, that islanders were overreacting. We trusted that Sunset Beach officials would make provisions for “us other taxpayers” to use the public beach.

  • IDs can help stop voter fraud

    To the editor:

    Photo IDs are required by law as proof of identity in North Carolina to sell scrap metal, purchase surplus North Carolina state property, obtain a pistol purchase permit, get a library card, apply for social services and by federal law, to establish a bank account, fly on an airplane, or cash a U.S. postal money order.

  • When salaries affect decisions

    To the editor:

    Noted author Upton Sinclair reportedly once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.” 

    How well that quote epitomizes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to persuade public union members of the falsehoods in their leaders’ opposition to his legislation.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores             

  • Don’t turn tourists away from beach

    To the editor:

    This is in response to closing side streets to parking on the island of Sunset Beach. Many families rent condos and houses on the mainland when spending their vacation at Sunset Beach. These families support the local economy by spending their dollars in the restaurants and shops and grocery stores. 

    Instead of embracing tourists, the town will be turning them away. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    Carolyn Dinwiddie

    Richmond, Va., and Sunset Beach

  • Sometimes getting public access is more difficult than it should be

    I cut my journalism teeth working in a small, rural Kentucky community where generations of my family were born, went to school, worked and died.

    I rarely went out without having to talk about my last name, what part of the county I lived in and where I grew up. 

  • Celebrating Sunshine Week and your right to know

    Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?

  • Celebrate today

    Most weeks I consider my job more fun than work. But there are weeks I question my career choice.

    No one wants to write the story of a town grieving for the loss of a much loved public figure, or of a fire that destroyed two small businesses and severely injured a man, or about a bicyclist run over by three cars on U.S. 17, or about a family of four dying in a car wreck. But writing these types of stories comes with the job. Unfortunately, last week they were all in the paper—it was a sad news week.

  • Happy Sunshine Week from behind the (freedom of information) battle lines

    Is it really that time of year again? My, how times flies.

    It’s Sunshine Week. Besides being my favorite time of the year, Sunshine Week is a week each year created to celebrate freedom of information and your right to know.

    Started (suitably) by a group of news editors in Florida in 2002, Sunshine Week was taken over by the National Society of News Editors in 2003, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    This week, hundreds of news organizations and community groups celebrate the public’s right to know during the weeklong celebration.