Today's Opinions

  • An idea for driver's licenses

    To the editor: Please sponsor a new law (bill or amendment) that would require that information be put in the barcode of driver’s licenses. That would show if someone has received a DWI, DUI or public intoxication or any alcohol/illegal drug-related offense.

    It would require bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, liquor stores, etc. to scan the barcode on the driver’s license. If a person had a DWI, DUI, etc. then they could not serve them alcohol. They would be unable to buy alcohol at a liquor store.

  • Don't pass the blame

    To the editor: I am sick of commissioners DiStasio and Herman’s constant disregarding the rules and procedures of this town.

  • Roll back your trash cans

    To the editor: This is for Peggy Smith, an island resident of Sunset Beach and is in response to her letter to the editor in the July 23 edition of the Beacon.

    1. The rental owners or the renters should pay for the rollbacks as she suggested.

    2. The homeowners who do not rent should either arrange to have one of their neighbors or friends roll out and return their garbage cans on collection day. If they do not have neighbors or friends willing to do this, they should pay someone to do it or take their garbage home with them.

  • Passing the buck

    To the editor With all due respect to commissioner Emily DiStasio and commissioner Cecelia Herman, they can spin the events of the hiring of the town administrator any way they want, but I think the people of Calabash are intelligent enough to figure it out for themselves.

    Blaming others and pointing fingers is the usual way in politics these days, but I think people in general are starting to see through this.

  • Writer hit a home run

    To the editor: Put Fran Salone-Pelletier on the sports page. She had hit a home run her last two trips to the plate.

    I’m a big fan.

  • Thanks for helping with benefit

    To the editor: On behalf of Sabrina, Bruce Talbott Sr. and Bruce Talbott Jr., I would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for the tremendous support the community gave for Sabrina’s fundraiser.

    Simply put, it was heart-warming. I am truly proud to call this place home. The people and companies are many that made this great day possible.

    First and foremost officer Andy Kelly of the Shallotte Police Department who birthed the idea and provided so much food. Andy, you are a blessing to Shallotte and we will never forget your kindness.

  • Terminal groins cause erosion

    To the editor: In response to the "groin" article by staff writer Kathryn Jacewicz in July 30 issue.

    The N.C. legislature unanimously banned the construction of new, permanent groin structures from North Carolina’s ocean shorelines and inlets in 2003, reinforcing a 24-year-old coastal management policy disallowing the permitting of jetty and groin construction.

    Any coastal structure designed to trap sand in one location will, unequivocally, deprive another area of that sand and thus places “down drift” property, beaches and inlets, at risk.

  • Needs wreck witnesses

    To the editor: If you saw or passed by an accident on Thursday, July 23, on N.C. 211 east about four or five car lengths from the stoplight on U.S. 17, I need your help.

    The accident took place at about 7:30 p.m. after I left the chamber meeting at Stone Chimney Place.