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Today's Opinions

  • ‘179 Pathway to Progress’

    To the editor:

    Oh, the bike path on Highway 179

    The grand idea by our neighbor Dan that’s really so fine,

    It’s reality would truly, truly be

    Such a safe service to cyclists traveling beautiful Brunswick County.

    A much needed widening for bike paths would ensure safety first,

    Since re-paving is already scheduled to be in the works.

    Not widening for cyclists would be a great opportunity lost

    For losing lives would be a much more terrible tragic cost.

  • A Nomad's Notes: an epic love story of another kind

    A lot of times when I read columns and someone writes, "The other day I was thinking about …" I usually assume it's something they've been thinking about for a long time and they just use that phrase for convenience's sake. But in this case, for this column, I really mean it.

  • You decide: What’s the best timing for valuing property?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years.

    The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes.

    To fully understand why the change happened and what its implications are, we need to first step back and review property taxes.

  • Thrift shop volunteers offer time, great customer service skills

    To the editor:

    In addition to offering school assistance for students, Communities in Schools of Brunswick County operates three thrift shops throughout the county. Donating and shopping at CIS thrift shops supports the local economy, gives customers great deals, and supports a good cause all at the same time. Every donation is rewarded with a tax receipt to benefit the donor’s income taxes and the money from each purchase goes back in to CIS programs helping students in Brunswick County stay in school.

  • Make Taste of Calabash annual event

    To the editor:

    My husband and I attended the Taste of Calabash on April 16, and we thought the organizers and volunteers did a fantastic job! The Brunswick Beacon also did a great job covering this event with plenty of photos.

  • Pray for Brazil

    To the editor:

    Brazil has had a mighty evangelical revival in recent years, bringing millions to Christ. It has also had a great economic revival that has made it the seventh-largest economy in the world. Recently the nation has been hit with corruption scandals that have touched the highest levels of government impacting the economy and bringing hardship on the whole nation.

  • Library hosts high-quality artist program

    To the editor:

    Hickmans Crossroads Library recently sponsored an amazing artist named Adam Miller.

    Known as “one of the great autoharpists and folksinger of our time,” “a true folk gem” and “a national treasure,” Miller regaled the audience with tales and tunes ranging from ancient Ireland to contemporary Appalachia. Old and young alike were thoroughly entertained.

  • Clarifying CRA

    To the editor:

    I’ll let letter to the editor writers Thomas McGrath and James P. Moore Jr. argue about who is the better Democrat or Republican, but after more than 30 years in the banking and bank regulation business, I can assure you the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) does not state “work history, credit scores and income and loan history could no longer be considered when determining the approval of a loan.”

    Nothing in the CRA dictates mortgage underwriting standards.

    Debra Harwood

    Calabash