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Today's Opinions

  • Pruden sets school superintendent standard

    This time next year, Brunswick County Schools will likely have a new superintendent.

    We hope that person matches Edward Pruden’s caliber. While we have not agreed with everything he has done during his tenure as the school district’s leader for the past four years, it is obvious he genuinely cares about students and their success. It is the most important character trait a school system leader should have.

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.

  • Hewett’s death a tragic ending to a sad story

    Any journalist with an ounce of compassion does not delight in reporting an event like the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Hewett’s story is familiar to most long-time residents. When he first became sheriff in 1994 at age 31, he was the youngest to be elected to the office in North Carolina. Hewett’s leadership heralded a new era for the sheriff’s office, which was stinging from Herman Strong’s resignation following his conviction on federal drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges.

  • It’s easier to sleep when you’re living a dream

     

  • You decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings repair?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.

  • Data support Paws-Ability’s effective work

    To the editor:

    The Beacon recently quoted Calabash Town Commissioner Buddy Walton at the Calabash Board of Commissioners’ meeting: “They (Paws-Ability) turn 500 cats loose again to the public. They have no rabies shots and a multitude of germs in their mouth and paws. It’s a problem not only in Calabash, but the state and around the whole country.” It is a shame Walton spoke in such ignorance of this program.

  • Churches should be able to house those in need

    To the editor:

  • Paws-Ability’s efforts cost-effective, humane

    To the editor:

    The Beacon reported Calabash Town Commissioner Buddy Walton’s remarks at the recent Calabash Board of Commissioners’ meeting. He took issue with Paws-Ability’s request for support from the town to spay/neuter cats in the Calabash community. He was quoted as saying, “They turn 500 cats loose again to the public. They have no rabies shots and a multitude of germs in their mouth and paws. It’s a problem not only in Calabash, but the state and around the whole country.”