Today's Opinions

  • ‘Color Purple’ controversy takes on insulting tone

    At the start of the 2013-14 year for Brunswick County Schools, the students in 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement courses and their parents were required to sign a syllabus that agreed to the terms of the course. “The Color Purple” was among books on the reading list, which was part of the syllabus.

    Those opposed to it seem to have forgotten or ignored this fact, and that is far more offensive than any of the questionable subject matter in the award-winning novel.

  • Time for charity is always

    The end of 2013 signaled the deadline for people to make charitable contributions of cash or property in time to claim it on their next tax filings.

    The recently released 2012-2013 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report shows charities collected $32,160,894.49 from North Carolinians as reported by professional solicitors during the 12-month period.

    The annual report does not look at all charitable and nonprofits operating in North

  • Mad Inlet designation represents residents’ intentions

    The Coastal Resources Commission in February is expected to re-examine a proposal to lift a hazard designation for Mad Inlet near Sunset Beach.

    Mad Inlet closed naturally in 1997, ending a watery separation between the Sunset Beach island and Bird Island, and is not expected to re-open, according to a news release issued Oct. 31 by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

  • Public information belongs to you

    The common use of email and the Internet has made it easier than ever for people to access the information they need with minimal effort and expense. Even those who do not have a computer at home can visit the nearest library or community center to use one.

    Finding and reading the public documents you require to answer questions and conduct research often is as simple as making a few keystrokes and pressing some buttons. At least, that is how it should be.

  • Student athletes are worth supporting

    Last week’s edition of the Beacon featured a story about West Brunswick High School senior Meg Fletcher, a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award competition. Award applicants are judged on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities, among other criteria. Fletcher maintains a grade point average higher than 4.0 while participating — and excelling — at many sports. She even helped institute her school’s swim team.

  • Wave of river projects bodes well for county

    While Brunswick County’s 50 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean tend to get all the attention, the tide is beginning to turn toward the county’s rivers.

    Back in September, the Leland Tourism Development Authority held the inaugural Brunswick Waterfest to promote outdoor activities in the area’s creeks and rivers. Highlights included a kayak fishing tournament, Stand-up Paddleboard races, hikes, kayak trips and activities in and around Brunswick River Park on N.C. 133.

  • Clinic’s milestone is worth celebrating

    Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic just reached a significant milestone in its brief history by performing its 1,000th spay/neuter procedure. The reduced-cost pet surgical alteration facility at 6033 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow only opened to the public Aug. 26.