Today's Opinions

  • Beacon nets seven 2017 N.C. Press Association awards
  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the bill known as the “class size fix” for elementary schools, we continued to hold dozens of committee meetings, I was able to attend meetings back here in the district, and candidate filing started all over the state.

  • Congress quietly creates a new health care crisis

    By Pamela Tripp

    Guest Columnist

    A virulent flu season is under way and the number of opioid overdoses

    continues to climb, yet our public health is more vulnerable than ever because Community Health Centers like CommWell Health are running out of time and money.

    Critical funding for our program expired Oct. 1, 2017. Since then, all health centers have been operating under a “funding cliff.”

  • Sunset Beach accomplished much last year

    By Robert A. Forrester

    Guest Columnist

    During calendar year 2017, Sunset Beach town staff and town council addressed and accomplished a substantial number of matters. A brief synopsis follows:


  • Governor right, Leland wrong in their water safety actions

    To the editor:

    While I often don’t agree with Gov. Roy Cooper, his criticism of the legislature’s failure to act on GenX is right. The difference between House and Senate versions of House Bill 189 is how much money would they spend to study GenX and who will get the funds.

    Neither version provides funds for remediation. They both recommend actions to update the permitting process.

    The legislature needs to compromise and pass HB189. Our government has a responsibility to assure we have clean and safe drinking water.

  • Thank you for supporting Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter

    To the editor:

    Our thanks to Scott and Pam Martin, Putter the Squirrel and the generous customers of Fantasy Ice Cream and Golf for their support of Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. We are a volunteer-run organization that depends on our community.

    Thus, we also thank The Brunswick Beacon for including us in the charming cartoon that graced your editorial page last week!

    We speak for our pelicans, owls, shore birds and songbirds by tweeting and hooting our heartfelt gratitude.

    Mary Ellen Rogers, Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter director

  • It all starts with us

    To the editor:

    Because I have been homebound for some time now, I have had the opportunity of seeing some of the best and much of the worst from Americans after the terrible shooting in Parkland, Fla. What is wrong with us?

  • Ban military-style assault weapons

    To the editor:

    This is a call to action to all residents of Brunswick County to help ban military-style assault weapons.

    There is no legitimate reason for anyone, other than law enforcement officials, to own these weapons. Assault weapons have only one purpose: killing on a massive and brutal scale.