http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Area road construction demands patience http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/area-road-construction-demands-patience <p> By the end of this week, motorists in Brunswick County will have endured another inconvenient summer road closure because of a North Carolina Department of Transportation project.</p> County’s sex offender compliance policy serves as model http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/county%E2%80%99s-sex-offender-compliance-policy-serves-model <p> The case of Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, a combat medic stationed at Fort Bragg who was reported missing in April 2012, attracted national attention. She was last seen alive in the company of Nicholas Holbert, who had been convicted of sex crimes against a child, helped lead police to her remains two years later and is awaiting trial on murder and other charges related to her disappearance and death. Although Holbert was a known sex offender, he was not registered because he was living in the woods behind the bar where he met Bordeaux and had no permanent address.</p> Support Veterans Memorial efforts http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/support-veterans-memorial-efforts <p> As the campaign to preserve the Battleship North Carolina as the state&rsquo;s memorial to its World War II veterans continues to make significant progress, efforts to establish an all-inclusive monument for our military servicemen and &ndash;women in Brunswick County deserve our recognition and support.</p> Drug Treatment Court key to fighting county crisis http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/drug-treatment-court-key-fighting-county-crisis <p> As the Project Lazarus initiative gains ground to combat Brunswick County&rsquo;s prescription drug overdose crisis, we are obliged to cite a program already working toward that end: Drug Treatment Court.</p> Exercise freedom to travel safely http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/exercise-freedom-travel-safely <p> It is easy to get caught up in the festivities that accompany Independence Day weekend, especially among the many events planned in Brunswick County, but safety must be considered for celebrations that require any amount of travel. AAA estimates 41.9 million people &mdash; the most in eight years &mdash; will travel during this holiday period.</p> Be careful in the heat http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/be-careful-heat <p> Summer weather arrived before summer itself did this year in Brunswick County with temperatures soaring and heat indexes in the triple digits. The heat itself has not been unusual, but it seems to have been more oppressive and stifling than usual despite the frequent breezes from our coastline.</p> <p> In recent years, summer safety efforts have focused on rip currents. In recent weeks, it has targeted shark encounters. The risk of heat exhaustion and stroke at this time of year, however, exists regardless of whether anyone sets foot in the ocean or even on the beach.</p> Shark attacks leave no one to blame http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/shark-attacks-leave-no-one-blame <p> We feel it is safe to say everyone in Brunswick County is as sorry to read about three separate shark encounters that left three children injured within four days along our beaches as we are to report them. Our community strives to be hospitable, welcomes visitors and wants all to enjoy the time they spend here.<br /> Perhaps the most maddening aspect of the story is the fact no one is at fault for what happened, especially to the children who were maimed at Oak Island last Sunday afternoon.<br /> Roundabouts require more practice, our patience and sound design http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/roundabouts-require-more-practice-our-patience-and-sound-design <p> Regardless of whether motorists like them, roundabouts&nbsp; (or traffic circles) seem to be the ways of the future for busy Brunswick County intersections.<br /> The small one at First Street on the island of Ocean Isle Beach took some getting used to once it opened several years ago. A larger version was successfully installed at the foot of the Mannon C. Gore Bridge to Sunset Beach island last summer and, despite initial trepidation, appears to function as intended.<br />