Today's Opinions

  • Send comments about Carolina Shores roads

    To the editor:
    Thank you, Carolina Shores residents.
    A month ago in a letter to the editor, I asked you to let me know if you were for or against building a park, gazebo, serenity garden or events center. The results are at http://carolinashores.info.
    Thanks to the 207 residents who opposed the “park,” the board of commissioners tabled it. That morning the town received an estimate for construction of $303,000—sealing the deal.
    Most of you said that first the town should fix potholes and repave streets.

  • Will vote for Rich Cerrato

    To the editor:
    I’m voting for Rich...Cerrato, that is. He is extremely qualified to be the mayor of Sunset Beach. He is intelligent, motivated, energetic, knowledgeable, and above all, can and will do a great job.
    Probably his greatest attribute is he “listens.” The current council and mayor do not and have not listened to the people as to what they want in their government. This is the same thing that’s happening in Washington.

  • Proposal would have brought people together

    To the editor:
    It surprises me that two of the people who pushed the change in government down our throats (without a vote from the public) are now complaining about the gathering place suggestion.
    It was just a proposal, not a done deal until there was input from the public. It was only to start out with a few benches and a gazebo.
    Don’t worry; it has been tabled. In fact, one of our former commissioners previously suggested such a spot for musical entertainment.

  • Supports Mike Williams in Sunset

    To the editor:
    I had the pleasure of working with Mike Williams on several committees in Sunset Beach. Mike and his wife just chaired the Seaside United Methodist country fair, which raised more than $60,000 to be used to fund community projects.
    Mike is also a very active volunteer for the Sunset at Sunset festival, an annual event that showcases all that is good about Sunset Beach. He has helped to coordinate volunteers, parking, setup and cleanup for many years. Mike is always the first one to lend a hand wherever something needs to be done.

  • Mixing it up at lunch enables strangers not to be so strange

    Moseying toward the entrance of Cedar Grove Middle School on Tuesday, for me it was deja vu, new-girl-goes-to-school all over again.

    Since the school was launched just two years ago, I had not yet had an opportunity to visit the mighty Bulldogs.

    Would the kids like me? The teachers? Was I dressed OK?

    Oh, I know I was just there to take pictures for the Beacon and, seriously, I’m a full-fledged adult now.

  • Show me your artistry and passion for Brunswick County

     I challenge each and every one of you to show me the beauty you see every day in Brunswick County.

    From beautiful beaches and waterways to lakes and swamps to tobacco and cotton fields to old barns and livestock, Brunswick County is a unique place to call home.

    This year I hope you will share with me images from your individual experiences with Brunswick County through the Beacon’s Brunswick Life photography contest.

    Entries are being accepted and will continue until noon Friday, Nov. 4.

  • #Occupywallstreet doesn't appreciate the irony of its movement



    Want to occupy the nation’s financial district in protest? There’s an app for that.

    There’s also a hashtag. Actually, there are at least two hashtags I’ve found: #ows and #occupywallstreet. For you non-tech-savvy folks out there, hashtags are a web mechanism used with Twitter to maximize your audience.

    Don’t forget about their newspaper. It’s the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Clever, but I’d guess at least one lawsuit may be sprung from this movement.

  • Partisan politics hurt our county

    Throughout Brunswick County people of all ages, from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds, are dealing with the effects of a struggling economy.
    Unemployment numbers remain high, and with seasonal job opportunities winding down, it won’t be surprising to see those numbers increase this year.
    Without an end of this economic downturn in sight, the loss of more than 1,000 jobs to neighboring South Carolina continues to be hard to stomach.
    But even more disappointing is the finger-pointing and blame-games that followed this economic blunder.