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Today's Opinions

  • BFA needs Christmas in July assistance

    To the editor:

    As the school year winds down and children enjoy a couple of months of summer fun, it is time for us to prepare for the Christmas in July program.

    We are seeking sponsors, much like the Tree of Hope, to adopt a child and buy them back-to-school supplies and a new outfit to start the school year.

    Backpacks can be purchased for $5 at Seaside Embroidery at 4519 Main St. in Shallotte.

    This program helps the children of Brunswick County who are verified by BFA as being at 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • Why are there seashells in Grand Canyon?

    To the editor:

    Fossils of sea creatures are found in rock layers high above sea level. This is just one more piece of evidence of the truth of God’s Word.

  • Tranquility, fulfillment found in lawn mowing

    Thanks to staff writer Brian Slattery, my not-so-secret secret was revealed last week to our readership: I enjoy yard work.

    Specifically, I love mowing the lawn.

  • We have been Mark Twained by Laura Lewis

    Here in the Beacon newsroom, Laura Lewis is our Mark Twain.

    While most of you know she is a very good writer, that, however, is not what I meant.

    It’s better than that.

    Laura has run a scam this summer that Tom Sawyer would be proud of.

    Now before I go any further, I'll admit upfront I did go back and double-check that I meant to say Tom Sawyer and not Huckleberry Finn.

  • Just a breath away

    By Jennifer Hulon

    Guest Columnist

    The weekend of Oct. 2, 2015, a storm system of epic proportions stalled over South Carolina, drenching the entire east coast of the state with massive amounts of rain. This same weekend, 14-year-old Andrea Kelly and her twin sister, Courtney, arrived in Little River, S.C., from their home in Sanford to visit their father, Bobby Kelly.

  • You decide: Where does the state economy stand at mid-year?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The economy is one of the top issues in this year’s elections, all the way from state and local races, to the major contest of the year: the presidential election.

    So it may be helpful to make a mid-year assessment of the economy, how it’s been doing and identifying the important issues. And to do so I’ll stay right here at home in North Carolina and then let you decide whether we’re on a good track or not.

  • Who and what matters

    When someone dies violently because of another’s actions, their killer may not be convicted or even charged with a crime; in fact, they may suffer no punishment at all — or at least none others can see.

    When this happens repeatedly in similar circumstances, it looks like a pattern. The more it happens, the more outrage there is. And it spreads like a bad game of “Telephone” where neither direct communication nor comprehension among all those affected can occur.

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    What a generous and compassionate community we have! One indication of this fact is the overwhelming response to our Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support.