http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Trial outcome serves as wake-up call http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/trial-outcome-serves-wake-call <p> On Thursday, a jury of 53-year-old Richard Hugh Grissett&rsquo;s Brunswick County peers convicted him of first-degree murder and other charges related to the Nov. 12, 2012, slaying of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward.</p> <p> Under state law, Judge Wayland Sermons had no choice but to order Grissett to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of being released.</p> Flag furor is only matter of opinion http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/flag-furor-only-matter-opinion <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_sea_trail_flags11.jpg" alt="The Chinese flag flies along with American and N.C. state flags at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach." title="The Chinese flag flies along with American and N.C. state flags at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> Just when you think controversies in the southwest end of Brunswick County have come to an end, or at least quieted down, another one is raised &mdash; this time, on a flagpole.</p> <p> Less than a handful of Beacon readers have called and commented &mdash; under condition of anonymity, naturally &mdash; about the Chinese flag now flying at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach. All of the calls and comments have been negative.</p> Spring brings severe allergies http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/spring-brings-severe-allergies <p> While spring has been slow to start here in Brunswick County, as it has been elsewhere in the state and country, the telltale sign of its arrival has been proclaimed not just by the yellowish-green haze on vehicles, but also by the sniffles of allergy sufferers.</p> <p> Allergy experts told Time magazine the record-setting snowfall in some regions and the lingering below-freezing temperatures could mean a late flowering for trees. A quick look anywhere in our community shows this to be the case.</p> Sunset Beach builds bridge to its next 50 years http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sunset-beach-builds-bridge-its-next-50-years <p> By the time many readers see this editorial, Sunset Beach officials, dignitaries and residents will have gathered to seal a time capsule commemorating the town&rsquo;s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p> Sunshine Week brings information out of the darkness http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sunshine-week-brings-information-out-darkness <p> Most public information is filed away, but all of it should be easy to find and see. Ultimately, the information you want and require should be close at hand &mdash; especially because it belongs to you.</p> UNC transfer agreement benefits BCC students http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/unc-transfer-agreement-benefits-bcc-students <p> Students at Brunswick Community College often worry whether their credits will transfer to a four-year university within the University of North Carolina system.</p> <p> They will not have to worry about that this fall, as the State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors revised an agreement between the two systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow for prospective transfer students.</p> Calabash deserves its own festival http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/calabash-deserves-its-own-festival <p> Come September, Calabash will be the site of the Lions Club&rsquo;s Oktoberfest. The event, planned for Sept. 20, will feature music, a beer tent, people and food. During their Feb. 13 meeting, the town board of commissioners agreed the town could assist with the club&rsquo;s needs like tables, a stage and donated maintenance time.</p> <p> The event promises to be a good time in the town, but it belongs to the club, not the town.</p> <p> We think it is time Calabash had a festival to call its own, and a proposed seafood festival is a splendid idea.</p> ‘Keith’s Law’ essential to modern public safety efforts http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/%E2%80%98keith%E2%80%99s-law%E2%80%99-essential-modern-public-safety-efforts <p> Law enforcement and public safety personnel, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often serve as our first line of defense in any crisis.</p>