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Today's Opinions

  • Vote Benton for school board

    Editor’s note: The writer is the wife of Gerald Benton, one of three Republican candidates for the District 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education in the May 8 primary.

    To the editor:

    When I began my career as an educator more than nine years ago, my husband supported me in my goal to help students become more successful. This is, after all, why I became a teacher.

  • Chamber involvement builds community connections

    Tuesdays in the Beacon newsroom are production days, crunch time for getting the week’s news together. It’s when deadlines bear down on us to get pages to our press in Charleston, S.C., on time, even as we cover meetings, elections or any other stories that break that day. Odds are I’ll have had at least enough time for a nap between the time I leave work late Monday and the time I return a few hours later to put it all into gear.

  • You decide: Can we reduce invisible unemployment?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall below 4 percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment” and an increasing number of companies are citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in General Assembly, we met in committees or traveled to

    meetings almost every day and welcomed the new super cranes to the Port of Wilmington.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.

  • Differences of opinion welcome, encouraged

    In last week’s edition, we published a letter to the editor from a writer upset with all the press opponents to seismic testing and offshore drilling were getting, accusing the Beacon of catering to environmental extremists.

    The writer expressed his opinion in a letter that conformed to our letters to the editor policy, so we published it. By my count, it marked at the time the sixth letter to the editor we received and published this year that expressed support for seismic testing and offshore drilling, contrary to the Beacon’s editorial position.

  • Keep town of Sunset Beach in harmony with environment

    To the editor:

    Change came to coastal Carolina in 1972 when the federal government enacted the Coastal Zone Management Act. With this act, the federal government charged the 20 coastal counties in North Carolina to put in place programs that regulated development in the coastal area.