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Today's Opinions

  • Council’s response to committee is red flag

    To the editor:

    I would like to publically thank Rich Cerrato, councilman at Sunset Beach, for his timely and insightful letter in last week’s edition concerning the proposed dredging of Jinks Creek, and the Beacon for publishing it.

    I had written in a past Beacon opinion about John Dalberg’s abridged quote about absolute power corrupting absolutely, referencing the politics at the time, and it surely appears to now be happening within our own town council, and so openly.

  • Letting joe help me re-learn language of page design

    Once upon a time, I used to quaff at least a 12-pack of Diet Pepsi almost every day. I did it since I was in college, a regimen I developed to cope with exams and 8 a.m. Japanese 101 recitations.

    Exams are a way of life for college students, who often use this part of their educational career to study unusual, exciting subjects.

    I decided in my freshman year to take three semesters of Japanese for the fun of it.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had more frequent and busier committee meetings, we had more urgency in longer House floor sessions, and we saw the governor veto two of our bills.

    First, prior to going to Raleigh, I had a couple of days in the district because of the long Easter weekend. On April 17, I had a meeting with a group of citizens in the Schooner Point community of Ocean Isle Beach. We had a great discussion and chance to improve communication with their state government.

  • Seniors in nursing homes are at risk of sexual assault

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to shed light on a subject that, for most people, might conjure up images of college students at alcohol-infused parties or joggers on dark, lonely roads.

    Most people, when thinking of sexual assault victims, probably don’t think of seniors in nursing homes. Perhaps they should.

    A recent CNN investigation found claims of rape in nursing homes are widespread, but difficult to document and substantiate because of the victims’ circumstances.

  • If you’re going to use the Internet, use all of it

    Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner recently said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” to defend his vote to eliminate privacy protections put in place at the end of President Obama’s term so your Internet provider couldn’t sell your personal information without at least offering you a way to opt out.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had a record number of bills filed, we met constantly in committees with full agendas and we had two long floor sessions before adjourning for an Easter break.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other groups. Many want to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) that addresses the uninsured, but consensus on a replacement has not been found.

  • We care about our country’s direction

    To the editor:

    On Friday, April 14, five of us showed up and spoke of our concerns regarding one of the most corrupt and non-transparent administrations in our nation’s history.

    This new leadership, if you can call it that, has not even reached the 100-day mark and is the cause of great damage to all of us. We care!