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Today's Opinions

  • Cabana Anna was an excellent local business

    To the editor:

    Thank you to Ann McNally of the former Cabana Anna business. I was working at one of the Sunset Beach rental companies when they began their rentals and they did an excellent job.

    In his March 29 letter, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Rich Cerrato started his comments about the origin of the town’s cabana issue with “reportedly,” as if he didn’t want to take ownership of the sentence.

    Lin Penta

    Carolina Shores

  • Sunset Beach needs a clear answer on firing

    To the editor:

    In his April 12 letter, Jim Thomas wrote: “I am fully confident there were excellent reasons for (Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan) Parker’s dismissal by the town council, which cannot legally be disclosed to the public.”

    Mayor Robert Forrester, councilman John Corbett and I were given no warning of the plan by council members Mark Benton, Rich Cerrato and Jan Harris to fire Parker before someone contacted me directly about it March 2.

  • Einstein and belief in God

    To the editor:

    The idea that if at one time nothing existed and now something does exist means that there was an eternal power or the thing that exists self-created, which is absurdity. Then the question is what do we call that power: Yahweh, the power, God?

    Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God; however, it is interesting how he arrived at that conclusion.

  • Vote Benton for school board

    Editor’s note: The writer is the wife of Gerald Benton, one of three Republican candidates for the District 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education in the May 8 primary.

    To the editor:

    When I began my career as an educator more than nine years ago, my husband supported me in my goal to help students become more successful. This is, after all, why I became a teacher.

  • Chamber involvement builds community connections

    Tuesdays in the Beacon newsroom are production days, crunch time for getting the week’s news together. It’s when deadlines bear down on us to get pages to our press in Charleston, S.C., on time, even as we cover meetings, elections or any other stories that break that day. Odds are I’ll have had at least enough time for a nap between the time I leave work late Monday and the time I return a few hours later to put it all into gear.

  • You decide: Can we reduce invisible unemployment?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall below 4 percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment” and an increasing number of companies are citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in General Assembly, we met in committees or traveled to

    meetings almost every day and welcomed the new super cranes to the Port of Wilmington.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.