Today's Opinions

  • When others destroy our sense of personal safety, what to do?

    What defines safety for you? Is it cuddling up closely to the person you love? Is it snuggling down in your own bed at home? Is it going back to your childhood house, enjoying breakfast talks with mom and dad?

    Many of us have definitions of the things that make us feel safe. Many of those are closely associated with our homes.

  • Shelter could benefit from nonprofit group

    From the information we’ve reviewed so far, it seems there could be some good cost savings for Brunswick County taxpayers if the county were to allow a nonprofit group to run the county’s animal shelter.

    Last week, Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), made a pitch to the Brunswick County Health Board to take over shelter operations. 

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey has said he thinks the concept is a good plan, one that could ultimately save the county money.

  • The touching job of telling people's stories after they're gone

    Every single week while proofreading obituaries before the page goes to press, someone in the newsroom always says the same thing—I wish I would have gotten to know this person before he/she passed away.

  • Health board brings 'humane' shelter to screeching halt

    All he had to do was mention PETA.

    So that’s what Brunswick County health board member Chip Carroll did in opposing having a humane element brought into management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Subsequently, at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting, he and seven other members of the board succeeded in rejecting efforts of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), a group of animal advocates who have been working with Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey to take over management of the shelter.

  • ‘The Perfect Fiction’

    To the editor:

    Everything said serves the purpose of good.

    It comes naturally and the outcome of the next day means nothing.

    The sun shines without expiration, life becomes more than a declaration.

    Separation, non-existent. Pleasing a stranger, no longer strange.

    The path less taken is smiled upon, respect once again found in a handshake.

    Love, once again felt in a hug. Even the rich appreciate an old VW bug.

    The smallest of people are looked up to and the tall lend a hand,

  • The message Sunset is sending

    To the editor:

    Like many vacation property owners within the town of Sunset Beach, I pay a nice sum in the form of property tax. Like many others, I also pay an additional $1,000-plus per year to the town in the form of accommodations/vacation tax. 

    What do we get? A few portable toilets in a parking lot that is almost always full. 

    If parking on the island becomes just another expense and is so limited that it is virtually impossible to find a space, I might need to ask why I need to own property there at all.

  • There are no death panels

    To the editor:

    I was shocked to open last week’s Beacon and see the Beacon was sponsoring a Health Expo that included “death panels.”

    Now I know the Beacon’s editorial staff will not let my words stand without clarifying that the Advance Directives End of Life Planning Lecture they are sponsoring is just that—information on planning for the inevitable, and in no way encourages euthanasia.

  • Shocked by vendors’ fees

    To the editor:

    I am shocked at the new resolution at Ocean Isle Beach for vendors. License fees are going from $250 up to $1,500 a year for people trying to make a living in the summer. 

    This directly prevents/stifles the American open market way of life. Visitors can’t have a cabana and now can’t have a convenient slushie or popsicle for their children to escape the heat. Sounds like a monopoly on the beach due to exorbitant costs for vendors to compete with island businesses.