Today's Opinions

  • Beneficiaries should shoulder dredging costs

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach is proposing a dredging project that includes the Canal Bay Area, feeder/finger canals and Jinks Creek to allow access for larger boats from the canals to the Intracoastal Waterway. Who will benefit from this project?

  • Roadside litter is disgusting and penalties nonexistent

    To the editor:

    Every time I drive from Supply to Shallotte, I get upset. I go through the same emotions each and every time. I start talking to myself. It goes something like this: “Look at this garbage. Why do people do their town like this? Don’t they have any respect for the way the tourists see us?”

    Then, where are the signs that read “$1,000 for throwing garbage out?"

    Who is charge of keeping garbage in the cans and off the side of the roads? Did he die, give up?

  • Thank you for sharing community news item

    To the editor:

    I wanted to give a special thank you to The Brunswick Beacon for running Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church’s Columbiettes community news item to invite the community to the card party we held at Ryan’s in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 20. We had 130 people attend and raised more than $1,500 to use toward scholarships for students who will be attending St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School.

    We so appreciate the support of The Brunswick Beacon and staff who advertised our event in religion news for many weeks leading up to it.

  • Leland business rates 11 on scale

    To the editor:

    David and Tammy Hardee, owners of The Original Cape Fear Rooter in Leland, are the real deal, the old-fashioned idea of genuine service.

    They called literally within a minute of my filling a Home Advisor request form and Tammy was on the phone with my wife three times in the next five minutes to figure out what was wrong and when they could be here.

    Less than two hours later, they had fixed my sewer problem.

    I was expecting a bill that was three to four times higher than they charged us.

  • Town should ban cabanas to end conundrum

    To the editor:

    The March 22 editorial regarding the continuing cabana struggles in Sunset Beach should be a lesson.

    Reportedly, years ago, Sunset Beach Town Council allowed the commercialization of cabanas to satisfy a friend to profit. This took place during a time when our little beach was only known by a few. Many day visitors stayed away to avoid either waiting in a long line to cross the one-lane bridge or feared being trapped for hours on the island if the old bridge had a problem.

  • Apply science to offshore drilling, seismic testing discussions

    To the editor:

    The decision on drilling off the coast of North Carolina has produced a passionate response from both sides. However, the amount of sketchy data and misinformation floating in the air is concerning.

  • You decide: Frequently asked national debt questions

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on: What is the country going to do about the national debt? I certainly understand the concern with the national debt now more than $20 trillion, and no end in sight. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the national debt will rise to more than $90 trillion by 2047.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    In the North Carolina General Assembly last week, committees were in full swing and some were making the news. My only committee that met in Raleigh was the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform.