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Opinion

  • Change is often difficult. It’s especially hard when you have to tell someone you care about goodbye. It’s even harder when that person is someone you have grown to respect and admire.

    Such is the case this week as the staff at The Brunswick Beacon prepares to say farewell to a community icon—sports editor Doug Rutter.

  • When an everyday citizen becomes an elected official, there’s often a tough road ahead. In addition to learning the ins and outs of basic government duties, officials have to educate themselves about the community they’re in, the topics they’re discussing and general government procedures.

    An important part of an elected position is understanding open meetings and open records law. Federal and state laws dictate how certain information is discussed, decided upon and shared with the public.

  • It’s easy to be vocal about things you don’t like. Whether you’re discussing a current event that has you hot under the collar or complaining about happenings in the world, people, by nature, more easily complain than take charge of things and promote change.

  • When it comes to emergency situations, getting information out to the public as quickly as possible is important.

    In the past, emergency officials relied heavily on television and radio stations to get urgent warnings out fast. While those tools will continue to be important in emergency preparedness, with changes in today’s ever-evolving electronic society, alternatives are needed.

  • When Shallotte alderman Walt Eccard looks at Shallotte, he doesn’t just see what’s there now, he dreams of what could be.

    Eccard and other community members have been working together to create a plan to guide development of this ever-growing town. Through a number of donations and town support, the Downtown Shallotte Development Committee has been able to bring a professional planner into the mix, with the hopes of creating a long-term plan to improve life and appearances in Shallotte.

  • When legislators representing local constituents feels strongly enough about an issue to support its passage into law, it’s good business to make sure someone thinks through all the details of how it will be implemented.

    That doesn’t seem the case with two bills recently passed that will affect local detention centers, including ours right here in Brunswick County.