Today's Opinions

  • Supports Mike Williams in Sunset

    To the editor:
    I had the pleasure of working with Mike Williams on several committees in Sunset Beach. Mike and his wife just chaired the Seaside United Methodist country fair, which raised more than $60,000 to be used to fund community projects.
    Mike is also a very active volunteer for the Sunset at Sunset festival, an annual event that showcases all that is good about Sunset Beach. He has helped to coordinate volunteers, parking, setup and cleanup for many years. Mike is always the first one to lend a hand wherever something needs to be done.

  • Mixing it up at lunch enables strangers not to be so strange

    Moseying toward the entrance of Cedar Grove Middle School on Tuesday, for me it was deja vu, new-girl-goes-to-school all over again.

    Since the school was launched just two years ago, I had not yet had an opportunity to visit the mighty Bulldogs.

    Would the kids like me? The teachers? Was I dressed OK?

    Oh, I know I was just there to take pictures for the Beacon and, seriously, I’m a full-fledged adult now.

  • 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.