Today's Opinions

  • Calabash should release property details immediately

    Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Life lesson learned: Never attempt to vacuum a blind cat (alone)

    Pardon me, Dr. Ernie Ward, while I step on your toes for a moment.

    No, I don’t have a degree in veterinary science. I haven’t published any books, and I haven’t appeared on any syndicated television shows, national news programs or been in newspapers picked up by half the country.

    I certainly haven’t cared for and treated countless numbers of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters and other critters.

    Everything I know about caring for pets, well, at least one of them, I learned on my lunch break last week.

  • Community failed student for trying to prohibit religious song

    "Christian Songs Get OK'd at Schools' Talent Show."

    Among all the day’s global headlines—the latest from Libya, earthquake relief in Japan and the anticipated premiere of “Dancing With the Stars”—this one caught my attention.

  • Signs of the times in Calabash

    Just when you think everything is hunky-dory in the Seafood Capital is usually when a new issue crops up to keep Calabash-ians (and reporters) on their toes.

    Some people there think it’s not enough to have a cute neon restaurant arrow or big gift-shop sign memorializing the town once called Pea Landing.

    Leaders, heavy on the merchant side, are feeling the town could do better—has done better—back in the golden days when it had a few big, honkin’ “Calabash Seafood” signs and restaurants lining Beach Drive.

  • Defends health board’s decision

    To the editor:

    Even though I argued in support of privatizing Brunswick County’s Animal Shelter, I feel compelled to defend the board’s decision. 

    I have been working with the folks from R.A.C.E. for more than a year to help guide them through the process on how to be prepared. 

  • Save the port

    To the editor:

    North Carolina is at a critical point. We must decide if our state will remain competitive in the retention of existing industries and recruitment of new industries and therefore, job creation.

    We must decide whether to develop a deepwater port that will provide cost competitive advantages that neighboring competitor states are currently developing.

    Significant cost savings on ocean shipping are being achieved through larger container ships. Ships, due to their keel depth, cannot call on the Port of Wilmington.

  • Park would be good for town

    To the editor:

    Anyone who has driven through Carolina Shores will certainly notice we have a lovely golf course in our community but lack a downtown area or a main street. 

    Designing a park adjacent to our town hall would be a wonderful way to honor our community and to have a designated and centralized area for outside activities. It would be a place where you could meet and celebrate annual events or take a walk and enjoy nature or maybe just sit and savor the moment. 

  • Responds to letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    I am responding to the Cerrato letter in the March 3 edition of the Beacon. That letter concerns allegations against Sunset Beach lead building inspector Jeff Curtis. It is another attempt to discredit our town’s elected officials and professional staff. Cerrato, as usual, uses partial quotes and half-truths in his crusade to prove that our town officials are corrupt.