Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thanks to Hickman for great column

    To the editor:

    How refreshing to read such a great and honest golf column as written by Sports Editor Sam Hickman in the April 12 edition.

    I was so impressed because unlike the sports “expert” writers shilling for the great one in major media outlets and predicting him being the Masters winner but ended up tied for 28th, Mr. Hickman was honest to admit he was wrong — something unheard of today.

    One of the best golf columns I’ve ever read, and that’s covering 35 years as a golfer!

    Robert J. Wieland

  • Sunset Beach citizens deserve details on town’s ‘new direction’

    To the editor:

    We heard the rumors and with “say it isn’t true” in our hearts, we went to the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting. It was true.

    While Susan Parker stood with grace and dignity in the back after the closed session, we listened to residents speak on her behalf. From former council members, to citizens, each told of their personal experiences with Parker and her positive effect she made to our town as its administrator. The vote was taken and, as a result, our mayor resigned and our finance director took early retirement.

  • Seismic testing, offshore drilling risks intolerable

    To the editor:

    Eight years ago, we began watching video of oil gushing into the Gulf. We watched in agony for 87 days.

    BP is still paying for remediation, claimed as tax deductions. No one was jailed for causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.