Today's Opinions

  • Welcoming the return of long work weeks

    My calendar tells me I only worked three days last week. My body tells me differently.

    There was the Fourth of July, which fell on a Tuesday this year. Tuesdays, however, are our usual production days here in the Beacon newsroom. That meant our Tuesday was really Monday, July 3, and, man, did we hustle. We managed to get everything done early enough so that I could take in the fireworks that night on Ocean Isle Beach, which were as spectacular as ever.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed hundreds of bills as the session wound down to adjournment, we overrode the governor’s veto of the consensus budget, we passed several bills of local interest and we adjourned the long session of 2017.

  • My summertime playlist for the rest of the season

    A holiday means an abbreviated work week for many people. For others, like those of us in the news business, it means having to cram a week’s worth of work into fewer days and probably not getting the holiday off.

  • Government of the absurd hurts Americans

    To the editor:

    We have all heard of the theater of the absurd. Welcome to the government of the absurd.

    Two of the main arguments Republicans make to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are that the individual markets under the ACA are struggling and premiums need to be reduced.

    A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows an estimated 34,000 Americans in 47 counties are at risk of not having an insurance provider to select on the ACA exchanges next year.

  • Court protects corporations more than U.S. citizens

    To the editor:

    Are corporations property or individuals? Actually, according to conservative judges on the Supreme Court, they are both, and more important than any old vacant lot or a woman paid less than her male laborer in department next to the one she works in.

  • Concealed weapons carry bill irresponsible

    To the editor:

    Someone has got to step up and try to end this craziness with guns in North Carolina.

    The House passed House Bill 746 and sent it to the Senate for passage. How can lawmakers support a no-training, no background checks, concealed weapons carry bill? Is this not insane?

    It also lowers the age limit to 18. I am not against an 18-year-old carrying a weapon. After all, they can carry them in the military. It is the training part to which I take issue and that it can be concealed without a permit.

  • Sunset Beach needs to deal with dunes first

    To the editor:

    Although it is noble to express an opinion on the Paris Climate agreement, I would direct the mayor and town council of Sunset Beach to a more pressing environmental issue right here in Sunset Beach. I, along with several residents on the east end of the island, have notified Town Administrator Susan Parker, mayor and council of dune breach and deterioration.

  • Trump dossier allegations still unsubstantiated

    To the editor:

    Ever wonder how the Trump-Russia collusion investigations got off the ground?

    Consider this: In June 2016, a 35-page dossier circulated among politicians, media gurus and others in Washington, D.C. The purported author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, had been contracted by FUSION, GPS, a research firm hired by supporters of Hillary Clinton, to find dirt on Donald Trump.