Today's Opinions

  • Drivers’ intelligence affects safety

    To the editor:

    Referencing both Michael Jones’ letter (lack of turn signal use) in the Aug. 14 edition and Charlie Schorpp’s letter (use of cell phones while driving) in the Aug. 21 edition, I have a question for them: Why are there more accidents on the roads today than in the horse-and-buggy days?

    Answer: In the horse-and-buggy days, you did not have to depend solely on the intelligence of the driver.


    Mac Fields

    Sunset Beach

  • Roundabout requires safe navigation

    To the editor:

    Now that the Sunset Beach roundabout is a permanent feature, it’s important that drivers learn how to correctly operate their vehicles in the traffic circle. The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers a handy pamphlet available online, “Your Guide to Understanding Roundabouts,” and I highly recommend it.

  • Go right ahead and pass me by

    I have to warn you, I am now the slowest river on the road.

    If you are trying to get somewhere quickly, I’ll be over in the right lane. Don’t mind me.

    I don’t know if I’m finally starting to get used to the way things work around here or if I’ve just given up on the tenets the high school football coaches/driver’s education instructors taught me in summer school.

    But I’m just going to go with it from here on out.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.

  • Carolina Shores recycle center a ‘disaster’

    To the editor:

    I just returned from my first trip to the recycle center Carolina Shores since Jerry Franklin is no longer at the site. I can sum this up in one word: disaster. The guy who was there did absolutely nothing and could not care less about what people were doing. The recycle container was overflowing (throw stuff in one side and it comes out the other side) and I saw a vacuum cleaner in there as well — no checking of stickers, no nothing.

  • Twin lakes don’t draw tourists


    To the editor:

    We all want our neighbors to maintain their property. If not, the town of Sunset Beach has ordinances to ensure they do. If they don’t, the town will do the work and invoice the owner.

  • Lack of directional signaling shows motorists’ lack of common sense

    To the editor:

    Referencing his letter printed in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon, kudos to Michael Jones.

    As he states, the use of automobile directional signals is fast becoming a thing of the past. This is second on my list of pet motoring peeves, topped only by use of cell phones while driving, which has become epidemic here in this country.

  • Stats in letter make almost no sense

    To the editor:

    Regarding G.L. Herbin’s letter in the Aug. 14 edition: I did not get the point or understand the statistics in it. Herbin claimed 145 million folks draw a check each month from the government.

    In fact, 63 million receive an earned Social Security check and 12.8 million receive welfare checks, only 15 percent of which are Hispanic. Herbin also claims that there are only 85 million taxpayers in America these days, but in fact, in 2013, 139 million folks paid FICA taxes, which was only on 75 percent of wages paid in 2013.