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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Will the new tax law’s inflation measure cost you?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The new federal income tax law is chock full of changes, alterations and adjustments that are keeping taxpayers, accountants and economists spending hours trying to understand it. It appears almost nothing has remained the same.

  • Words make a difference — and so do blueberry biscuits

    By Les Weintraub

    Guest Columnist

  • Living wage is real issue in global economy

    To the editor:

    Health care and retirement are examples of expensive national needs most cannot self-fund and are viewed differently by our two major political parties.

    One group likes economic issues solved through capitalism. Capitalism funds most things for more people than any other economic system. But none anticipated who would pay for health care or retirement at our founding, let alone how much wealth America would one day produce or how expensive these costs would become.

  • Betting on offshore drilling

    To the editor:

    The thought of federal revenue sharing fueling substantial additional county revenues is apparently an irresistible “opportunity” for Brunswick County commissioners Marty Cooke and Pat Sykes. The history of oil and gas rigs leaking, burning and exploding, or of their transports crashing, running ashore or sinking are industry facts too easily discounted by these commissioners.

  • Business expo benefitted all participants

    To the editor:

    I would like to express appreciation for being able to participate in Saturday’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo, with special thanks to John Crumrine from Brunswick Financial LLC for graciously donating his space to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. This was a wonderful and valuable opportunity to share what is offered at both sites with the public as well as other vendors at the event. Our location at the expo was ideal and quite ample with space and foot traffic.

  • Thank you for successful business expo

    To the editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of myself and all vendors at Saturday’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo. Without the hard work of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Shannon Viera, Robyn Beliveau and Heather Buell, there would be no event.

  • Saturday events convey hometown connections

    I’m pleased to report the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s ninth annual SOUPer Bowl at Shallotte Presbyterian Church were each a rousing success this past Saturday.

    I didn’t make it to the latter event because I was working at the former with my friend, colleague and occasional stylist Nancy Nalewajek, the Beacon’s bookkeeper, but my friend, colleague and Beacon staff writer Laura Lewis did.

  • Thank you to Streetreach’s adopt-a-room sponsors

    By The Rev. Donna Phelps

    Guest Columnist

    The vision of Brunswick County Streetreach is to see the homeless receive the best assistance available to fit their personal circumstances. As you are aware, we had several weeks during the month when temperatures dropped down into the teens, leaving our most vulnerable citizens facing life-threatening situations.