Today's Opinions

  • Requests resolution on terminal groins

    To the editor:

    While I think terminal groins are a bad idea and will work to oppose them in the future, I did not urge the council to oppose them at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, as reported by the Beacon.

    I asked the council to send a resolution to the General Assembly requesting the eight recommendations to the General Assembly from the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) be included in any bill that permits groins.

  • Be a part of the solution: Vote

    To the editor:

    I sit almost a week after our primary election and still cannot comprehend why 60,497 registered voters in Brunswick County decided not to vote.

    As of last Tuesday’s primary there were 75,871 registered voters and only 15,374 ballots were cast through two and a half weeks of early voting and the actual primary voting day. What does it say about our community that 60,497 people either have no opinion or just don’t care about who leads us?

  • Jane Lawson

    Jane Carol Lawson, 73, of Southport, died suddenly May 8.

    She was born on Aug. 2, 1936, in Attica, Mich., daughter of the late Fred and Mary Swain. She was the sister of the late Bob Swain.

    She worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 15 years before retiring to St. James Plantation with husband Robert in 1995. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church for years, and had a deep passion for travel and golf.

  • Successful prayer event

    To the editor: I want to thank everyone who supported the National Day of Prayer event at Rourk Park on May 6. The event had the largest crowd, about 90 people, since I organized the first one seven years ago.

    I also want to thank all the pastors and laity who participated in the event. A special thank you to Marty Cooke, who provided the sound system and Al Parker, who took time to erect the banner for the event.

    Rev. Richard C. Vaughan

    NDP local coordinator

  • Paws-Ability appreciates support

    To the editor: Paws-Ability recently hosted its inaugural celebrity golf tournament at St. James Plantation in Southport on Saturday, April 24. We sincerely appreciate the support of St. James Plantation and our many sponsors, silent auction donors, tournament participants, volunteers and the community in making this event such a success.

  • Aren’t we in a fiscal crisis?

    To the editor: The governor wants to spend $4.7 million ($10 million total) for a feasibility study on the new port at Southport. This is in addition to the $30 million the state still owes the federal government for the current Wilmington Harbor Project.

    And let’s not forget the $225,000 the state is spending on a study for a new road to the port when the land for the port is still unpaid ($30 million).

    I thought we were in a fiscal crisis? So far, the state is in hock for $60 million and the governor wants to add millions to that total.

  • Honored by those who came out to vote

    To the editor: I worked the polls on Election Day, campaigning for Frank Iler at the Methodist Church on Oak Island. The rain was pounding at times and the wind was cranky enough to discourage voter participation and encourage voter complacency.

    And yet, a man came out to vote who had lost both his legs in the Vietnam War. I know this because I commented (in awe and admiration) to my fellow campaigners about this fellow and was told his story.

  • Stereotypes about bikers don’t always apply anymore

    According to the dominant archetype in popular culture, the motorcycle rider is a disrespectful criminal with no regard for the law or other human beings. They’re ready to fight anyone who gets in their way and to do whatever it takes to maintain their “freedom”—even kill.

    They’re loud, offensive and crude and don’t care if people know it.

    The image has been used over and over again in movies such as “Easy Rider” and “The Wild Ones.”