Today's Opinions

  • Wants better use of tax dollars

    To the editor:

    I just got my tax bill. It appears one-quarter of my tax dollars go to Sunset Beach and three-quarters of my tax dollars go to the county. I know where my Sunset Beach tax dollars go: trash pickup, yard debris pickup, police, fire, local road maintenance, streetlights and beach patrol. The only thing I can think of that I get from the county is water, and I have to pay for that. I don’t see any libraries, schools or parks in Sunset Beach.

  • Over spending in government

    To the editor:

    This is in response to the disclosure of county commissioner expense records in a recent news article.

  • Supports MacCullum

    To the editor:

    Nov. 4 is fast approaching. We will be at the polls to elect our public officials. With all the high profile political positions up for grabs, please give careful consideration to one that receives less attention, but impacts every Brunswick County citizen’s life every day.

  • Little boy’s visit to Calabash Creamery creates treasured memories for family

    If you ask Judy Christie’s 6-year-old grandson Alex if he is different from other kids, he’ll quickly tell you he’s not.

    Alex, who visits his grandmother Judy and grandfather Tom here in Shallotte every summer, has a medical conditional called mitochondrial disorder. The disease affects different people differently, and for Alex it means his digestive system doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. 

  • What happened to fiscal conservatism, commissioners?

    Why are county commissioners paid a salary?

    They get paid for attending meetings. They get paid mileage to travel to and from meetings. They get paid to talk to constituents on the phone. 

    So, why then, are they paid a salary—$13,858 for chairman Bill Sue and $11,548 for each other commissioner?

    Every commissioner we asked seemed to have a different take on what exactly they’re getting paid their salaries for, and what exactly constitutes a meeting. 

  • Behind the scenes: How sunshine can melt even the biggest of icebergs

    There’s been a flurry of activity in our newsroom lately. Newsrooms are always bustling, especially a smaller one like ours where everyone wears several hats, but it seems once the calendar turns to September things really take off.

    Between special sections (check out The Real Women of Brunswick County in today’s paper), elections (and all the melee that comes with them) and festivals each and every weekend from now until the first frost, there hasn’t been much downtime lately.

  • Residents want spaces, parks

    To the editor:

    According to the Local Government Commission (LGC), Sunset Beach is well-positioned to buy the 5 acres between Bill’s Seafood and Twin Lakes for a park and potential boat ramp without adding to the tax burden of property owners.

  • Maybe residents don’t want park

    To the editor:

    In last week’s Beacon, Sunset Beach councilman DeVita shared his position that tax dollars should be spent to purchase land for a park. Previously, councilwoman [Karen] Joseph spoke of her “vision” as if she were prescient as to the desires of the residents. Now, as elected officials, isn’t it time that they gave the taxpayers a vehicle to voice their opinions?