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Today's Opinions

  • Camp UMC welcomes new pastor

    To the editor:

    What a wonderful Sunday for Camp United Methodist Church on Main Street in Shallotte!

    After 14 years of devoted service by the Rev. Rich Vaughan to the people of Camp Church, he has been assigned to a church in Raleigh and this past Sunday, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Rev. Dr. Won Namkoong and his wife, Mee Young, to our fold as he shared with us his journey from South Korea to the United States and his search for God’s direction in his life.

  • Thank you to foundation

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you for the ongoing support from the Brunswick County Unrestricted Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

    This year, the NCCF awarded BFA $1,000 to help support the food pantry.

    In 2016, BFA provided 138,581 pounds of food to 15,544 Brunswick county residents. It is only with the support of friends like the NCCF that BFA is able to provide this level of support to our neighbors in need.

    Thank you!

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North House of Representatives, we passed the long-awaited state budget, we passed a bill involving domestic violence and murder, and we got an idea of our adjournment date for this year.

    The negotiated state budget for 2017-19 was released last Monday and scheduled for votes in the House and Senate. The House has a rule it has to be out two days before a vote, so we voted on it Wednesday and Thursday, while the Senate voted Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • You decide: Can pro sports spur economic development?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Anyone visiting my home office immediately knows something obvious about me. The multitude of red baseball hats shows I’m a big Cincinnati Reds fan. Born in that city along the Ohio River, I followed “Big Klu” (Ted Kluszewski) in the 1950s, Frank Robinson in the 1960s and then I basked in the glory days of the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. I still try to make it to at least one game a year, and on other days I avidly follow the box scores of completed games.

  • Thank you to businesses for support

    To the editor:

    The South Brunswick High School Parent Advisory Council would like to thank the following businesses for their support of our “Teacher of the Month” and “Teacher Kudos of the Month” throughout the school year.

  • Don’t be fooled by local climate action proposal

    To the editor:

    Regarding the story in last week’s edition about the Mayors National Climate Action proposal in Sunset Beach, don’t be fooled!

    When they tell you, “It’s not a political situation,” you know it is a big Democratic scheme to push their agenda. They were beaten in November and four out of four special elections since then. Their only hope is to go after the big cities where they can buy votes.

    Let’s not get fooled here in Brunswick County.

    Conrad Stout

    Sunset Beach

  • Welcome back, Sam Hickman

    To the editor:

    Being a subscriber of The Brunswick Beacon, I wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to see the return of Sam Hickman.

    My wife and I have a second home in Sea Trail, and my family had a retail store years ago in Shallotte and later in Southport: J.S. Mann’s.

  • End-of-Grade testing times make no sense

    To the editor:

    I was disturbed by what I encountered recently while monitoring/proctoring a fourth-grade N.C. End-of-Grade mathematics test at an elementary school in Brunswick County at the end of the school year.

    The test was three hours in length. It started at 9:38 a.m. By 10:18 a.m., one brilliant student had finished the test. A few minutes later, another brilliant student had finished the test. Other brilliant students finished along the way, with the last brilliant student finishing the test at 12:28 p.m.