Today's Opinions

  • Global warming is debatable

    To the editor:
    The debate about global warming goes on and on. Do the scientists who say the planet is getting warmer ever make mistakes? Are they doing their fact-finding for political reasons? Could they be receiving funding from somewhere to form their opinion? There are scientists who present evidence that refutes global warming and who consider the idea absurd. Provide them with equal funding and watch what happens.

  • Science and political science are not the same thing

    To the editor:
    First we see a letter defining climate change as an elitist scheme to eliminate capitalism, and then we see a response by an elitist climate change advocate. The elitist climate change advocate’s response, like most, is limited to testimonials and based on polls lacking in substance and/or facts.

  • Community involvement has its rewards — and sometimes glitter

    Martha Babson, Virginia Williamson Elementary School’s parent facilitator, paid me an incredible compliment by inviting me to participate in the school’s Read Across America event featuring Dr. Seuss again.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we returned to a full schedule after two weeks of rough weather; we heard from the chief justice on the state of the judiciary; and we passed two important bills for economic development and transportation infrastructure maintenance.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The General Assembly is abuzz with business, and our office wanted to share a little bit about what we are doing in the North Carolina Senate.

    This week, the House will take up Senate Bill 20 (Motor Fuel Tax Changes). We in the Senate hope the House will pass this bill so the governor can sign it and the citizens of North Carolina can receive a tax cut they deserve.

  • It’s easier to sleep when you’re living a dream


  • You decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings repair?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.

  • Data support Paws-Ability’s effective work

    To the editor:

    The Beacon recently quoted Calabash Town Commissioner Buddy Walton at the Calabash Board of Commissioners’ meeting: “They (Paws-Ability) turn 500 cats loose again to the public. They have no rabies shots and a multitude of germs in their mouth and paws. It’s a problem not only in Calabash, but the state and around the whole country.” It is a shame Walton spoke in such ignorance of this program.