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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach needs better mosquito control plans

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Hall claims they have not had enough complaints to spray for mosquitoes. If memory serves, this is the same excuse they used last year. I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but it seems to me the town should have a regular schedule of spraying such as it had years ago. They should be proactive, not reactive.

  • Sunset Beach spends money irresponsibly

    To the editor:

    I just received my tax bill for Brunswick County and Sunset Beach and was shocked to see the amount my taxes increased in one year. Sunset Beach tax increased $168, or an increase of 51 percent. This is from a town whose board said we were financially sound and no additional taxes would be needed.

  • Stupid sign for stupid drivers

    To the editor:

    Just south of the Thomasboro Road intersection at U.S. 17, there’s a sign that reads “Vehicle Entering Highway” with flashing yellow lights when that occurs. Farther south is the intersection of Hickman Road and U.S. 17. It is assumed that vehicles traveling south on U.S. 17 are going to slow down when the lights are flashing to be on the lookout for stupid drivers coming from Hickman Road entering U.S. 17 South or crossing the highway over the median to go north on U.S. 17.

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.