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Columns

  • Importance of candidate forums to democracy cannot be overstated

    By Carol Roberts and Barbara Burrell

    Guest Columnists

    Voting is a fundamental right and for nearly 100 years the League of Women Voters (LWV) has assisted citizens in exercising that right. LWV believes all eligible voters should have an equal opportunity to exercise their right to vote. As a nonpartisan organization, the League cannot tell people for whom to vote, nor can it endorse candidates or provide funding for campaigns. The League does advocate for policies that ensure our elections remain free, fair and accessible.

  • Thank you for supporting Beacon by opposing tariffs

    In June, we published a guest editorial on newsprint tariffs by National Newspaper Association (NNA)president Susan Rowell, publisher/regional manager of The Lancaster (S.C.) News/Carolina Gateway, which is owned by the Beacon’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

  • On Campus with BCC: Preserving priority one at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College was one of the first North Carolina Community Colleges to have its own police department manned by sworn officers. With such, the college has promoted and enjoyed an outstanding climate of safety and security.

    For more than a decade, leadership of BCC campus police has rested primarily in the hands of Chief James L. Walton, who has a rich history of law enforcement expertise inside of the classroom and in the field.

  • Prosecutors need tools to protect Americans from violent offenders

    By Robert J. Higdon Jr.

    Guest Columnist

    Nothing federal prosecutors do is more important than protecting our fellow Americans from violence. In recent years, however, we have lost one of the most important tools we use to protect our communities: the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Only Congress can restore the ACCA to help us keep our neighborhoods safe.

  • Trooper earns assist in my family emergency response

    Right about the time I was trying to convince my brain to let me get some sleep in the wee hours of last Friday morning, instead of analyzing the pre-season 5-0 victory for my beloved Cleveland Browns over the 2018 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles a few hours earlier, I noticed the text from my kid brother.

    Within the next couple of hours, the situation to which he’d alerted me escalated into an emergency. Could he take me up on my offer to drive up to Wilmington to help him out?

    Sure thing, I told him, and hustled up U.S. 17.

  • For a little peace and quiet, all you need to do is kill your cell phone

    I had the pleasure of spending a few days last week without a cellular phone.

    Cell phone, smart phone, home phone — call it what you want, but if you called my number all you got was a dial tone.

    This was not for a retreat. I did not take a couple of mental health days. It was a technological breakdown.

    The little bastard stopped following my commands, started choosing places on the Internet it preferred visiting without checking with me and then sort of flickered a little and shut off.

  • Addiction tears families apart, but brings strangers together to fight it

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    In preparation for Sam Quinones, author of the critically acclaimed book, “Dreamland, the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” coming to Odell Williamson Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., I visited dozens of churches in Brunswick County to ask for their support in notifying congregations of the event.

  • Send Santa down the parade route in appropriate style this Christmas

    I don’t want to be the one who jumps the gun on starting the Christmas season too soon. After all, the big box stores have shown tremendous restraint this year by keeping Halloween items front and center on the shopping aisles this far into October when all that real estate could already be stocked with wreaths and bells and fake trees covered in fake snow.

    But I have a Christmas wish I want to put out there early enough so that somebody in charge can make it happen.

  • You decide: what is the route for our state’s recovery from Hurricane Florence?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Hurricane Florence will likely go down as one of the most damaging storms to ever hit North Carolina. One estimate pegs the total cost at near $50 billion, which would place Florence as the sixth most expensive hurricane in the 21st century.

  • You decide: how does North Carolina compare on incentives?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The use of financial incentives to attract new businesses is a controversial topic in most states, including North Carolina. The debates might get more heated with the prospects of Apple or Amazon coming to our state.