Today's Opinions

  • Show me your artistry and passion for Brunswick County

     I challenge each and every one of you to show me the beauty you see every day in Brunswick County.

    From beautiful beaches and waterways to lakes and swamps to tobacco and cotton fields to old barns and livestock, Brunswick County is a unique place to call home.

    This year I hope you will share with me images from your individual experiences with Brunswick County through the Beacon’s Brunswick Life photography contest.

    Entries are being accepted and will continue until noon Friday, Nov. 4.

  • #Occupywallstreet doesn't appreciate the irony of its movement



    Want to occupy the nation’s financial district in protest? There’s an app for that.

    There’s also a hashtag. Actually, there are at least two hashtags I’ve found: #ows and #occupywallstreet. For you non-tech-savvy folks out there, hashtags are a web mechanism used with Twitter to maximize your audience.

    Don’t forget about their newspaper. It’s the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Clever, but I’d guess at least one lawsuit may be sprung from this movement.

  • Partisan politics hurt our county

    Throughout Brunswick County people of all ages, from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds, are dealing with the effects of a struggling economy.
    Unemployment numbers remain high, and with seasonal job opportunities winding down, it won’t be surprising to see those numbers increase this year.
    Without an end of this economic downturn in sight, the loss of more than 1,000 jobs to neighboring South Carolina continues to be hard to stomach.
    But even more disappointing is the finger-pointing and blame-games that followed this economic blunder.

  • Clean up vacant lots

    To the editor:
    To all of you who own vacant lots that over time you have forgotten you own or decided to let the overgrowth of vines and weeds take over causing an ugly, unsightly view for everyone else to see, please clean it up.
    Unfortunately, my home is nestled between two such lots. One is owned by someone living out of town who does not have to look at the overgrown site and another by a neighbor who refuses to let me cut back enough of the overgrowth at the front of the lot so I can see oncoming traffic on the road below us to avoid an accident.

  • Thanks for helping students

    To the editor:
    Every Wednesday, Walmart kindly lets a group of students from Shallotte Middle School shop in its store. This past Wednesday, while in Walmart, a group of the students met Christopher Robbins from Ireland. Later on in the store, Robbins approached one of the teachers and handed her $20 and asked her to purchase something special for the students.

  • Guide your children well

    To the editor:
    Most Christians know we will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) to give an account of how we’ve conducted our lives since becoming Christians.
    While we will not be judged for any confessed sin, we will be judged for how we lived our lives on a daily basis. I’m sure we will be asked to give an account of how we used our resources to further the Kingdom of God.

  • State imperial micromanagement

    To the editor:
    Your lament that some “creative solutions” are needed for regional economic development did not go unnoticed in these quarters.
    Unfortunately, efforts such as those called for in North Carolina generally are pretty much at the whim of our imperial General Assembly and North Carolina’s all-powerful lawyer class.
    You see, North Carolina remains one of 14 states where the legislature refuses to grant constitutional home-rule powers to lower level government subdivisions, preferring in our case to micromanage their affairs.

  • Thanks for support of park

    To the editor:
    On a perfect October day with warm sun and Carolina blue skies, we took some time to visit the new Sunset Beach park site. We walked under the canopy of the old oaks down to the water’s edge with our dog, Daisy. The birds were singing, and a fish or two jumped as we took in the spectacular view across the waterway. For a few moments, the problems of the world took a back seat and we felt truly blessed.