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Today's Opinions

  • Former paper struggles to fight the good fight

    Last Friday, I trekked up to Florence, S.C., for an overdue annual checkup with my doctor (and to figure out the next step for tackling my more frequent and persistent migraines). After getting a new prescription and having blood drawn to gauge how all my other meds are working, I decided to surprise my best friend Tracy at her office.

    We met when we both worked at the Morning News — she in prepress, me in the newsroom — when the press was in a back lot on Railroad Avenue and the offices were on South Irby Street.

  • Choose county commissioners who support constituents

    To the editor:

    I was in attendance at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners regular meeting Monday, April 16.

    One of the presentations was a request by Vietnam veteran Bob Quinn to name the first five miles of Interstate 140, “Brunswick County’s 10 Fallen Sons Highway.” He explained the reason for honoring 10 soldiers from different areas in Brunswick County and who lost their lives in Vietnam was because they had “shown up” to serve their country when others had not.

  • Cindy Babson deserves special recognition by town of Shallotte

    To the editor:

    Shallotte is one of the most beautiful towns in the country. Friends and relatives who come to visit us are highly impressed with the beauty and appearance of our small town. The hard work of town employees is responsible for this admirable condition.

  • Thank you for celebrating Week of the Young Child

    To the editor:

    Smart Start of Brunswick County would like to thank the many residents of Brunswick County who help celebrate the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    A highlight of last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was

    a meeting of a work group of the House Select Committee on School Safety. The School Physical Safety Work Group met April 17 to work on immediate solutions to make our schools as safe as possible. The other work group is working on long-term solutions such as psychologists and counselors.

  • Don’t fall for the quick fix

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    Spring cleaning sometimes leads to spring home repairs. Updating or fixing your home can be stressful. There are many decisions to make and, of course, you want to make sure that any work done on your home is done well and lasts.

  • This is a call for cookies

    Last week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon had a notice announcing the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines scouts who sold the most cookies in this area this year.

    It went on to say the Coastal Pines Girl Scouts average number of boxes sold per girl was 261.

    I want to send this message out to the second- or third-place finisher or, heck, even the winner if she is looking to clean up again next year.

    If you want to increase your sales, don’t overlook the Beacon, or its staff. Or more specifically, me.

  • You decide: What is causing the stock market to worry?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Column

    I’m fond of telling this story about the late Nobel

    Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. At one of his public lectures, Friedman was asked to give a forecast for the stock market. Before answering, the heralded economist said he had developed a model for predicting the stock market, and he had recently re-calibrated the model using the latest information; therefore, he had fresh forecasts.