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Today's Opinions

  • County shouldn’t pick up gated communities’ storm debris

    To the editor:

    I can’t believe my eyes reading the Oct. 18 edition of the Beacon: Brunswick County commissioners unanimously agreed to cover the cost of picking up hurricane debris in all gated communities in Brunswick County. These are private properties that have their own POAs and HOAs to take care of their private neighborhoods, which are not open to the public.

    If one penny is spent for this, then I want to be reimbursed from my property taxes that I have paid.

  • Rouzer’s lack of response calls for electing Horton to Congress

    To the editor:

    Five times our precinct committee attempted to set an appointment with Congressman David Rouzer to discuss matters related to the election. I offered to limit the meeting to four Democrats, one unaffiliated voter and one Republican and to submit the issues that we wished to discuss. In a final attempt to engage Mr. Rouzer, I mailed the questions to him and the proposed agenda to him, to no avail.

  • Republicans already chose not to answer county citizens

    To the editor:

    On Oct. 17, my wife and I attended the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear candidates’ forum moderated by Jon Evans of WECT. The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan and never endorses candidates or makes contributions to any political party.

    As always, Barbara Burrell and the LWV did an outstanding job in organizing and promoting this event. Candidates from all political parties were invited to participate, but only those from the Constitutional, Libertarian and Democratic parties did.

  • All candidates should take part in public forums

    To the editor:

    I want to thank the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear for putting on the candidates’ forum in Shallotte on Oct. 17. Kudos as well to WECT’s Jon Evans for doing a great job of moderating the event and keeping things moving throughout the evening.

  • Vote Mascolo for state senate

    To the editor:

    The election is upon us and I’d like to remind Beacon readers that there is an option to the Republican and Democratic candidates for state Senate District 8. Mr. Anthony Mascolo, Libertarian, is running against Sen. Bill Rabon and Dr. David Sink Jr.

  • Lesson relearned from a wasted tumbler of coffee

    Since I signed up to man the Beacon’s booth at the NC Oyster Festival on Sunday, going back to bed that morning wasn’t an option, so I turned to coffee to help wake me up.

    The drive from my place to Ocean Isle Beach normally takes about 15 minutes. I expected it to take longer with festival traffic and, for once, I prepared accordingly by making enough coffee to fill a to-go tumbler. The caffeine boost would make both heavy traffic and me much easier to tolerate.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly session began and ended Oct. 15. We expanded legislation for Hurricane Florence recovery we had begun two weeks earlier before returning to our districts in time for early voting, which started Wednesday, Oct. 17. A lot of work had gone on for two weeks, along with close communication among the House, Senate and the governor’s office.

  • You decide: considering the concept of risk and how we approach it

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    In the aftermath of hurricane season, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk. Indeed, many people are. I have friends who are second-guessing their decisions to move to the coast after retiring. Others are questioning why development is allowed in storm-prone beaches and barrier islands.