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Today's Opinions

  • Glenda Ansley was devoted advocate for children

    While Glenda Ansley lost her brave battle against breast cancer last weekend, her legacy here in Brunswick County will live on.
    Those who knew and loved her say Ansley was a tireless advocate for the county’s young people. She always put them and others before herself, believing deeply in second chances.
    Ansley played a huge role as coordinator for Brunswick County Teen Court. In that role, Ansley said it was her goal to try to reach children early on to help save them, the community and our schools.

  • Farewell, Brunswick County, and thank you for the chance to bring you your news

    After more than six years, 2,040 stories, 196 opinion columns, countless crime reports and one ejection from a public meeting, my time here at The Brunswick Beacon is winding down.

    This Friday, Aug. 3, will be my last day at the Beacon, where I have spent the past six years and three months trying my damnedest to bring you the news—first, right and, frankly, better than anyone else.

  • Brunswick Angels second in state tourney

    Staff Report

    The Brunswick County Dixie Angels (ages 9-10) softball team finished second in the state tournament in Eden.
    After opening the tourney with two victories, Brunswick lost 11-0 on July 16 to Rockingham.
    “My catcher Morgan Barbee was slid into hard at home plate and broke her right arm,” coach Wayne Branch said.

  • Appalled by antics in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    When I read the Beacon each week, I am consistently appalled by the reports of the actions of our town government. It is time for the governing officials of the town of Sunset Beach to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the positions to which they were elected.
    Ladies, pull in your cat-claws.
    Gentlemen, drop that cocked leg you’ve been using to mark your territory.

  • Homelessness hits home

    To the editor:
    We are tired of hearing there aren’t homeless in Brunswick County. They are there if you look.
    In large cities, the federal government identifies homelessness based on the number reporting to shelters. With no overnight shelter, federal and local governments don’t have a way of knowing how many people are homeless.

  • Getting a degree is a reality at BCC

    To the editor:
    As the summer will soon turn to fall, I’ve realized that this will be the first August in many years that I have not jumped in line with fellow students to register for college classes.
    As a recent graduate of Brunswick Community College, this notion is bittersweet. The faculty and staff at BCC were instrumental in my successful completion of a degree.
    After a 10-year journey, including enrollment at several community colleges throughout the East Coast, it wasn’t until my enrollment at BCC I found success.

  • McIntyre was among those who did the right thing

    To the editor:
    Am I to believe the only good Democrat, regardless of whether right or wrong, would only vote along party lines, as in Rep. Mike McIntyre’s vote along with 16 other U.S. House Democrats to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress?
    As a 38-year veteran law enforcement officer and administrator, as well as a life-long Democrat, I have a few comments in response to recent accusations.

  • Thanks for help finding lost child

    To the editor:
    On July 4 at Ocean Isle Beach, we had the unfortunate experience of our 5-year-old daughter “disappearing.” She lost us in the sea of people as she came up from the shore.
    I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to law enforcement officials who helped me when I called 911. They told me my daughter was in the hands of a woman who had found her wandering, crying and looking for us. They told me exactly which way to walk and how far until I would find her.