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Today's Opinions

  • Please keep parking free on Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    I was dismayed to read the town of Sunset Beach was “turning toward” paid parking at the beach — $2 per hour or $8 a day. Why? Is it to make money for the town?

    The proposal outlined would entail hiring an outside management company for $500 per month, plus two full-time enforcement employees. Looks like an expensive proposition to me.

  • Sunset Beach audit raises concerns

    I’m concerned the Beacon’s Dec. 4 headline, “Sunset Beach gets an ‘above average’ audit,” may be misinterpreted by the taxpayers into believing the town’s finances are healthy.

  • All I want for Christmas is ...

    This time last year, all I wanted for Christmas was to keep everyone and everything I have. I don’t think Santa heard me or maybe he misunderstood, because we lost my cousin Lisa and one of my best friends died last month. Perhaps I should have been clearer, too. I’d have been very happy to lose some pounds; I guess I didn’t really want to keep everything. Even so, it all makes me even more grateful for who and what I still have in my life.

  • You decide this year: What will 2015’s economy look like?

    By Mike Walden

    North Carolina Cooperative Extension

     

    Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. Understandably, people want some insight into how the economy will perform. Of course, no economist can predict every individual’s economic outlook. Instead, what we do is try to forecast the general trends in the economy so that households and businesses can make more informed decisions about their personal situations.

  • 'Twas the week of Christmas in Brunswick County

    ‘Twas the week of Christmas, and all through Brunswick County, people were wishing for a bountiful bounty.

     

    Not necessarily in material goods, just peace and so forth, and maybe a little snow, except for those who came here from up North.

     

    The yuletide trees had sold out at local lots, and folks shopped local stores until they nearly dropped.

     

    The stores were full, and their shelves were cleaned, of every holiday goody and everything in between.

     

  • May all your Christmases be white

    It’s Christmas time, so how about a Christmas tale?

    One of the reasons I left Florida years and years ago was to get away from the rather monotonous seasons that I grew up with.

    In Florida, the seasons aren’t based on the weather or the calendar. Instead of spring, summer, winter and fall there was allergy season, football season and spring training season.

    Oh, there is also a Christmas season.

    Throughout each of these seasons, the temperature didn’t change much, just the amount of yard work.

  • Even short stuff is subject to commentary

    When people call me short, I no longer take offense. After all, it’s a statement of fact.

    My height, officially, is 4-foot-11¾. I can’t break that 5-foot barrier without wearing shoes or at least thick socks.

  • BFA consistently generous

    To the editor:

    We like to think of the season around Christmas as one that is characterized by generosity. Today, we, the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association, would like to commend an organization whose season for generosity has been continuous for the past 33 years.