Today's Opinions

  • The last of ‘Stet Happens,’ from my desk to you, farewell

    Well, this is it.

    By the time this newspaper reaches your hands, I’ll have boxed up much of the stuff in my office, passed on as many instructions and how-to’s as I can, and will be counting down the hours until I walk out of the Beacon office for the last time Friday.

    It’s hard to believe this journey, a newspaper career that has spanned countless hours for almost 15 years, is going to be over.

  • Ready to race? Maybe if you're a lucky leprechaun

    For everyone planning to run in the St. Patrick’s Day weekend Lucky Leprechaun race in Ocean Isle Beach this coming Saturday morning, I would like to say—good luck.

    If my own luck as a runner had held out, perhaps I would be joining you. But for now I must sit on the sidelines, or more likely at home swigging caffeine and listening to “Car Talk,” entertaining and plotting my next fitness strategy that apparently doesn’t include a race any time in the near future.

    I tried. I really did.

  • What’s the distinction?

    To the editor:
    Last week, food safety officials in the United Kingdom, France and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing.
    Can it happen here? Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the United States between 2007 and 2011. Now a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approved by U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has already announced plans to serve horse meat.

  • Displays of arrogance

    To the editor:
    The Oscars, Fallon and Letterman shows. Might Ringling Brothers Circus be their next display?
    The Obamas detest the White House and Oval Office. And here’s why. These settings represent the historically respected images of the freest, most important, powerful and benevolent country in the history of the world, which from the Obamas’ perspective represent rather the pinnacle of America’s racial bias and international exploitation.

  • What’s so great about this generation?

    To the editor:
    One generation after the “Greatest Generation,” this generation has forgotten all the lessons and examples of the Founding Fathers and more than two centuries of tradition. As we were the shining examples for the rest of humanity.
    Since the financial implosion of 2007, several trillion dollars have suddenly, almost magically, disappeared from the global economy.

  • Keeping the light on open government

    This week is Sunshine Week, a week where media outlets throughout the country join together with organizations and private citizens to shine the light on fair and open government.
    Here at The Brunswick Beacon, we frequently rely upon open records and public meetings laws to keep you, our readers, informed of things happening in your community.
    In 2008, 2010 and 2011, the North Carolina Press Association named the Beacon the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information award winner for all newspapers in North Carolina with a circulation of 20,000 or less.

  • You don’t know what you’re missing at the county complex

    Brunswick County commissioners discussed adding video streaming and recording of their meetings during last week’s budget workshop.

    It’s an idea I wholeheartedly endorse.

    I’m not from here, but I’ve been covering local governments in North Carolina for years.   

    So I was surprised to find when I got here that video coverage of meetings had not made it to the coast. But I come here to praise Brunswick County officials, not to bury them for the delay.

  • Don’t help puppy mills

    To the editor:
    The most recent puppy mill bust in Sampson County last week was the 13th puppy mill bust in North Carolina since June 2010.
    There were 60 dogs in this mill the day of the bust. Three days earlier, an HSUS inspector found more than 250 dogs there in deplorable conditions.
    What happened to the nearly 200 dogs that disappeared from this puppy mill in three days?
    You can be sure they will be for sale somewhere soon. Internet, Facebook, Craigslist—the avenues to sell a dog are endless with this inhumane, disgusting trade.