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Today's Opinions

  • Guest columns, letters, different viewpoints always welcome

    Let me call your attention this week to Tom Myers’ guest column on the opposite page. In it, he offers a concise and thoughtful response to last week’s editorial about Holden Beach’s revised noise ordinance.

    It marks at least the third time since I’ve been at the helm of this newspaper’s newsroom — and, as such, the writer of the editorial opinions of our editorial board — we’ve been able to publish a guest column (beyond a 300-word or less letter to the editor) responding directly to a position taken by the Beacon.

  • Lots of good laps left at aquatics center

    To the editor:

    After some 40 years, acting on a New Year’s resolution, I recently swam laps at The Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. It’s a beautiful facility and I’ve been wanting to, meaning to, thinking about getting motivated to swim like it was 1984.

    This water nymph turned turtle swam competitively for 12 years. I lived and breathed the neighborhood pool in the ‘60s and ‘70s. My teammates were year-round friends. We swam AAU events in the winter, with two-a-day practices during the summer. ...

  • End old pledge on raising taxes

    To the editor:

    For most Democrats, the New Deal policies of President Franklin Roosevelt are still supported, and for the GOP, most economic supply-side policies of President Reagan are still supported. It was FDR’s New Deal policies that have been supported by all Democratic presidents since to assess the cost of each policy and to tax at a rate sufficient to fund the policies he managed to get enacted and he signed, including the cost of World War II. Taxes were very high on the top bracket rich.

  • How do you react to hearing Jesus’ name?

    To the editor:

    We, as Christians, are commanded to be sure of our heavenly destination: “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about his calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble,” 2 Peter 1:10.

    We can be sure of our calling: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the son of God does not have the life,” 1 John 5:11. Do you have the son?

  • Thank you for swift attention to causeway problem

    To the editor:

    We would like to thank all of the Brunswick County employees who worked so hard to fix the causeway problem at Queens Grant Circle in Shallotte.

  • Reflecting on ‘paws-’abilities after 10 years

    By Janie Withers

    Guest Columnist

    As I sit on my porch enjoying a warm December day, I reflect on how Paws-Ability got its start and how far we have come.

  • You decide: Will the economy improve in 2016?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    This is the time of year when economists shine — or at least they try to. The early weeks of a new year are always the period when I receive the largest number of speaking requests.

    Even if people know my colleagues and I have cloudy (some say foggy, with hot air) crystal balls, they still want to know what we’re thinking about the future. I often tell my audiences to take what I forecast and then expect the opposite to happen. I usually get a mixed reaction of laughs and a nodding of heads.

  • Fire ants pose serious hazards

    To the editor:

    When I wrote in about Brunswick County’s fire ant problem, someone didn’t get the concept of my letter published Nov. 26. The Dec. 3 editorial cartoon said, “Ant hills … it’s what we do.” Really?

    Fire ant bites really do hurt and some people and animals are allergic to their bite. That’s the main reason we should try and eliminate them.

    Staff writer Laura Lewis understood, as she wrote in her Dec. 17 column. I thank her for that.