Today's Opinions

  • Climate in crisis

    To the editor:
    If you’ve noticed a lot of strange weather these days, you’re not alone. We had extreme droughts, massive floods and large wildfires throughout the country. This July was the all-time hottest month on record for the United States.
    Despite the reality of climate change and the dirty weather that comes with it, our leaders aren’t stepping up to solve this problem. It’s not an accident that deniers have spent unprecedented amounts of money to mislead and confuse us about the severity of the climate crisis.

  • Beware of Obama plan

    To the editor:
    President Barack Obama has said many times during the last 15 years he believes in spreading the wealth, or redistribution, as shown in his 1998 video and with Joe the Plumber.
    Redistribution is simply taking from the wealthy and giving to others. This is done through taxes and confiscation of property and is one of the cornerstones of the Communist theory and practice.

  • Support Mike McIntyre

    To the editor:
    I have coordinated Republican campaigns at the national, state and local level for several decades.
    I first met Mike McIntyre when I was working on his opponent’s campaign in 1996. At that time, I recall being struck by how genuinely kind Mike was to everyone he met, even those of us “on the other side.”

  • Weigh presidential options

    To the editor:
    After Nov. 6 this year, things will either get better for our country, or things will get worse for our country.
    One candidate for the presidency has a record for making things better, and the other has a record for making things worse.
    John A. Donnelly
    Carolina Shores

  • Rights are at stake

    To the editor:
    On a Friday a few weeks ago when all those in favor of staying within the law of the traditional family were urged to support Chick-fil-A, a pro-family organization under fire, my family in Philadelphia stood in a line that wrapped around one Chick-fil-A twice.
    The line was orderly, polite, upbeat and slow. More than once, comments were overheard that were not at all anti-gay marriage, but which were very anti-suppression of freedom of speech.
    Think about this:

  • ‘Looking back’ is a good series

    To the editor:
    As a history buff, I have been reading your series “Looking Back” articles, a very fitting way to celebrate the Beacon’s 50 years of service to the community and county.
    I re-read last week’s installment and failed to see a mention of Shallotte’s centennial celebration in 1999. The paper did an excellent job in 1998 of making folks aware of the upcoming celebration in February 1999. Also, there were many wonderful articles and spreads in 1999 before, during and after the celebration.

  • Coming full circle

    To the editor:
    Do you have a substance addiction you want deliverance from?
    I met a young man, 23 years old, who was homeless and addicted to heroin and cocaine. He had experienced many horrible things, including watching his father shoot his mother to death when he was 7. He indicated he later walked with the Lord but fell away. He said, “I want help.” I told him I would look for a place where he could get help.

  • Take part in event to learn about homelessness

    The Rev. Donna Phelps and her husband Garry have made it their mission to help others.
    Last year they and their organization, Building Hope Ministries, played a key role in organizing other churches and organizations in tackling the issue of homelessness in Brunswick County.
    As the economy tanked several years ago and has struggled to recovered, many residents—most of whom were taxpaying, hardworking, middle class citizens—found themselves suddenly out of work. Many of them still are.