Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Guilt trips and regrets are two different things

    To the editor:

    A guilt trip comes from without and should never be confused with a sincere sense of regret, which comes from within.

  • Why witness for Christ?

    To the editor:

    Bible.org reports 95 percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ. Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ. Less than 2 percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism. Seventy-one percent do not give toward the financing of the great commission.

  • Development will hasten Sunset Beach/Bird Island ecosystem damage

    To the editor:

    Once again, I feel compelled to voice my opposition to the development of the west end of Sunset Beach, led by developer Sammy Varnam, and now it appears the town planning board, too. For those who may not know, a barrier island helps to protect the mainland from storms, provides varied estuaries for wildlife and is always changing.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major bond proposal bill, the House Speaker responded to the Planned Parenthood controversy and we had some Brunswick County officials visit us about the proposed sales tax redistribution plan.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: After 19 weeks of trying to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bills 215 and 209, Beacon staff traveled to his office at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh on Aug. 11 to speak with him in person.