Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Are the humanities still useful in a tech world?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife is part of a shrinking group of people. She is low-tech! Yes, she has a smart phone and a tablet, compliments of me, but she reluctantly uses them. Many days she forgets to turn them on, and even if they’re on, she’ll forget to check for messages. Rather than texting or emailing, she still likes writing letters, making phone calls or, better yet, talking to people in person.

  • Thank you to my life savers

    To the editor:

    I’m writing to give special thanks to the Shallotte police and EMTs who saved my life on Labor Day at Waffle House.

    Low blood sugar can kill — and almost did me.

    Thanks to emergency department staff at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center as well.

    I just can’t say enough about them all.

    Jim Robinson


  • Keeping political reality straight

    To the editor:

    In his Sept. 7 letter to the editor, Duane Lewis seems in his final paragraph to support single-payer health care funding. In his first couple of paragraphs, he appears misinformed on why American is the only payroll-based health care funding system for most folks, and why they chose this system. He does make a point concerning the role of money in American politics, then seems to confuse social insurance with socialism and dives into the GOP’s attempt to sell House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan as a market solution.

  • Medical crises call for assistance

    To the editor:

    Through no fault of their own, this catastrophe impales them; without notice, like an earthquake. The “tsunami” leaves them in total destruction … if they survive. No early warning systems alert them as with tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or wildfires. They cannot escape the wreckage. Neither age, gender, race, religion nor residence escapes this devastation.

  • Thank you for supporting our students

    To the editor:

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) would like to thank all the community members and businesses that supported our recent Back to School Supply Drive, collecting backpacks and school supplies for Brunswick County students in need. This was one of our most successful supply drives, resulting in many donations distributed to children in middle schools and Waccamaw School.

  • ‘Mystery of the Deep’

    To the editor:

    A million stars glisten upon her glassy sea, reflections of the heavens hide her deep mysteries. Her beauty allures as a mistress to her prey. Entranced if only to tip our toe into her pool of majesty. Her beauty is undeniable, we flock, we get as close as we possibly can without becoming consumed. Not yet understanding what lies beneath, and with a certain fear of all she contains.

  • R.I.P., Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association

    To the editor:

    In 2012, the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association was born thanks to the efforts of Marc Kaplan, Dave Nelson, other merchants and town council’s generosity by injecting $150,000 of taxpayer funds supporting their start-up effort. Thanks to the efforts by the association and volunteers, they started the farmer’s market and PaddleFest and became financially self-sufficient.

  • We’re willing to help you help others — if you let us

    Hello again! Last week, we ran out of room for my column.

    Actually, as Beacon editor, I made the call that what other people had to say on the opinion pages of last week’s edition was more important and timelier than what I had to say.