• USDA broadband initiative offers hope, ignores major barrier

    To the editor:

    Rural communities are increasingly depending on high-speed Internet to complete an education and talk to their doctors. Meanwhile, connecting to broadband Internet has become a necessity in today’s digital economy. As we advance deeper into the 21st century, broadband access will grow as an important indicator of quality of life for communities across the nation.

  • Use handicap parking only as needed

    To the editor:

    How would you feel if you or someone you knew, for the sake of convenience only, secured the remaining handicap parking spot and denied someone access to that spot who had a severe disability?

    Yesterday I saw a couple who could not secure a disability parking spot close to the grocery store help one another across the lot, one with a walker and the other with a portable oxygen device. I noticed they had a handicap license plate, but it was of little use as all the designated spots were taken.

  • Thank you for efforts to save my wife’s life

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank all the members of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Brunswick County EMS and Shallotte EMS for their response and professional efforts to save my wife’s life that morning in July. I was proud to be in their company.

    Sadly, my wife left me that day.


    Mike Murphy

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Voter fraud contradictions

    To the editor:

    After endless claims from Democrats of no voter fraud, we now have deniers ranting about alleged voter fraud by Republicans in the 9th Congressional District.

    A letter published last week proposes a life sentence should there be a guilty party, no less.

    Incidentally, aren’t Democrats against excessive punishment?

  • A prayer for the New Year

    To the editor:

    With praise on our lips and thanksgiving in our hearts, we declare in faith the glory, blessing and lordship of Jesus Christ over the New Year from the beginning to the end of 2019.

    Thank the Lord for his loving care over us in 2018. Thank the Lord for the many miracles of this past season. We declare the lordship of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is blessing us, our families, churches, cities and nation.

  • Letters lack conservative points of view

    Editor’s note: The Beacon’s letters to the editor policy is published in every edition with the letters received that meet it.

    To the editor:

    I enjoy The Brunswick Beacon. Nice small-town newspaper. Lots of great information about community happenings. Here’s my beef: there a very few, if any, opinions published in the paper that represent conservative viewpoints.

  • Global warming meets creative accounting

    To the editor:

    In his letter published Dec. 13, 2018, Brad Bullerdick says the 120 parts per million rise in CO2 level since pre-industrial times is 12/1,000 percent. What he has calculated is the change, 120 ppm = 120/1,000,000, divided by 1, not by the pre-industrial value 280 ppm, and then multiplied it by 100 to get percent. The right value is 120/280 = .42857 times 100, giving 43 percent.

    For a likely view of the future, CO2 meets capitalism:

    The brothers Koch pooh-pooh the warning

    Even though they know it’s true

  • It is time for elected officials to govern instead of fight

    To the editor:

    The time for campaigning is over. Stop. It’s past time for you to do your job and govern. Stop the unending arguments over differing interpretations of the Constitution and petty politics. Set aside irreconcilable differences when so much is at stake! Find common ground even under the most polarized conditions.

    “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace in the midst of conflict,” Romans 14:19.

  • Does Xmas take Christ out of Christmas?

    To the editor:

    I am always annoyed when I see Xmas used instead of Christmas. Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced “eksmas,” but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation, “krismas.”

  • Let punishment for voter fraud fit extent of crime

    To the editor: