Today's Opinions

  • A whole new you in about an hour

    We are eight days into the new year and, from experience, I’m guessing that for many enough time has passed that those new year’s resolutions are starting to become a real burden if they haven’t been dumped outright.

    From Thanksgiving through Jan. 2 most people’s schedules get thrown off to the point that a resolution or two seem almost do-able, until we settle back into our normal routines in the first week of the year.

    It turns out it’s tougher than it appears to make those lifestyle changes.

  • You decide: How do we pay for infrastructure?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to purchase vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that occurs when a brand-new car is driven off the lot.

  • True friendship withstands losses

    Despite the fact that I got up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday to hitch a ride with my kid brother to Charlotte expressly to see my beloved Cleveland Browns, the strong showing of Toroks at Bank of America Stadium wasn’t enough to seal a victory against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 21.

  • Pity ‘pillars of humankind’

    To the editor:

    The murder of two New York City policemen a week or two ago closely followed the deaths of two African-American men as a consequence of actions taken by police in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island, N.Y.

    Subsequently, thousands of paragons of social conscience and proponents of racial harmony marched through the streets of New York chanting “kill more cops” or similar imprecations.

  • Educate yourself about books taught in county schools

    To the editor:

    I have come upon more information about how “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came to be taught at Cedar Grove Middle School. It was decided by the educators at Cedar Grove to take this book, designated for the high school curriculum, and bring it down to the eighth grade so the children there could get a high school credit for it. This book was first to fifth on the list of the most banned books in America because of its filthy content.

  • Holiday gifts lend perspective on new year

    I’m having to write my column this week on Christmas Eve because of our early holiday deadlines, but I can already tell you about a few gifts I’ve received for the holidays this year.

    Today, one of my favorite newsroom visitors, 9-year-old Georgia Ann Durieur, came to the Beacon with Christmas greetings and another delightful story to share. She wrote and illustrated it herself on one of our computers. Here it is:

  • Local rally organizers, attendees need to face facts

    To the editor:

    I became a Beacon subscriber soon after I purchased our home in Holden Beach more than 23 years ago. In those 23 years, I have never been motivated to write a letter to the editor — until now.

  • Audit proves Sunset Beach finances are quite healthy

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach taxpayers should indeed believe their town’s finances are healthy. Some facts from the most recent audit include that the town has $7.1 million in reserve, and $2 million of that is designated for various future projects; the other $5.1 million is undesignated. Our town’s total budget this year is $6 million, which includes $500,000 funded from designated reserves, as the town continues toward completion of a long-range project to repave community streets. That work actually was completed in November for $400,000.