Today's Opinions

  • Brunswick Family Assistance grateful for week’s events

    To the editor:

    It is appropriate to reflect on positive events and relationships that make your life better. For Brunswick Family Assistance, we had a busy but rewarding week. BFA was the designated charity at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans baseball game Aug. 14; the recognized charity at a special dinner event at Angelo’s Pizzeria and Bistro on Aug. 17; and then Aug. 19 at the Sunset Beach Concert Series. The week ended with a wonderful fundraising event, a 5K/15K run and one-mile walk on a beautiful Saturday morning, Aug. 22, through Sea Trail.

  • Column on heroin epidemic strikes nerve

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Sam Hickman, for the excellent column in last week’s edition on Brunswick County’s heroin epidemic.

    Two words spoken by my wife resulted in my getting involved with Brunswick Christian Recovery Center (BCRC) almost three years ago. I knew very little about substance abuse but felt I wanted to help. Pastor Larry Shreve, BCRC’s CEO and now a dear friend and mentor, said, “We’ve been waiting for you.”

  • Growing tourism, slowing summer into fall

    Back in January, I wrote about my Aunt Donna and Uncle Bob Czaplinski who came down to Sunset Beach for the first time to escape two of the worst winter months back in our hometown of Cleveland. I’m pleased to report they enjoyed their time in Brunswick County so much, they’ll return again come January.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.

  • You decide: What’s behind the productivity slump?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press.

  • Meeting state legislators, including ­— finally­ — Sen. Rabon

    Beacon reporters have being covering government meetings for the past several weeks where officials have told us how a possible change to the state’s sales tax distribution method would damage our local economy, maybe irreparably.

    When the issue came up at Shallotte’s last board of aldermen meeting, we asked if any town officials were planning to take the cause to Raleigh because, if they were, we’d like to join them.

  • Ignorance destroys society, the Calabash community

    To the editor:

    I rarely comment on politics publicly, but I am rolling up on a level of agitation that is resulting in this rant. There is a plague of incongruous decisions being done by commissioners in office to represent Calabash and do the best for our community.