Today's Opinions

  • Pedal The Beach: Foot power to propel the act of hand-to-mouth

    While the stock market certainly soared last week and the overall economy has improved, the struggle continues for many Brunswick County residents.
    That’s why the Pedal The Beach charity bike ride and festival are important.
    The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall.
    Organizers promise plenty of fun, and all proceeds benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council’s Food Pantry and emergency-aid programs.

  • We think of Boston with heavy hearts

    Our hearts this week are in New England, land of midnight riders and tea parties.
    Once again, we have been barraged by grief.
    Can you imagine going to a sporting event to have fun as a spectator and coming home without a leg?
    Or your life? Three people have been confirmed dead at this writing, after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

  • Thanks for prayers

    To the editor:
    For anyone who has been to the Brunswick County Courthouse, restaurants, shops and many businesses in the Shallotte area, one can’t help but notice the paintings by Bryan Varnam.
    He is a local painter that was in a near-fatal accident on Oct. 13, 2012. He just had two more major surgeries and is slowly recuperating. We want to say a very special “thank you” to all the people who have been praying for Bryan.
    The Varnam Family

  • Welcomes new fishing columnist

    To the editor:
    Every week when I receive the Beacon, I immediately go to the Sports section to read the fishing report. As an avid fisherman, I’m always interested in staying in the “know” regarding what is biting, where and on what baits.
    This week, I was so happy to see that Cpt. Jacob Frick was announced as the new inshore fishing columnist. Having fished with Cpt. Jacob numerous times, I recognize his passion and knowledge for local fishing.

  • What was point of the survey?

    To the editor:
    Oh, c’mon Sunset Beach Town Council. Do I not remember a detailed survey about the proposed town park, which I had to complete and snail-mail in, no online option possible, and then reading customary heated discussion/accusations about the wording, necessity, costs of said survey ad nauseum?

  • Relocate gators

    To the editor:
    I was laughing to myself as I was reading the article in the April 4th edition of the Brunswick Beacon about a new leash law on Sunset Beach.
    This ordinance will limit the length of a dog’s leash to 10 feet. Meanwhile, “back at the ranch,” I see alligators everyday on the ponds in Sea Trail and all along the coastal road up to Beach Drive. People are golfing just a few feet away from these alligators! What is up with that?

  • Keep a watchful eye on taxes

    To the editor:
    This is in reference to the article on page 17A concerning merchants hot to unite to get support in Sunset Beach. In the third paragraph, the reporter states, “The group is seeking funding in the form of occupancy-tax proceeds.” I hope reporters for the Beacon continue to watch and report on this issue.
    The town of Sunset Beach currently collects 6 percent occupancy tax. Let’s put pressure on the town council to detail how that 6 percent occupancy tax is spent.
    Ron Smith

  • Laws should ban assault weapons

    To the editor:
    No one is saying, “Repeal the Second Amendment.” What we’re saying is, “Pass legislation that requires background checks on all gun purchases, ban the sale of high-capacity magazine clips and ban the sale  of assault weapons.” A majority of Americans want that, and most police chiefs want that. Law enforcement and the military are the only ones who should have access to such weapons.
    A hunter doesn’t need an AR-15 to kill deer. If he does, he isn’t much of a hunter.