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Today's Opinions

  • Offshore energy exploration extremists get too much press

    To the editor:

    You’ve recently seen fit to run several stories highlighting people who are against offshore energy exploration in North Carolina, and that troubles me.

    As a veteran, I have served my country to defend everyone’s right to an opinion and free speech, but I think you are ignoring an important part of this debate and catering to the anti-exploration extremists.

  • Sunset Beach has become a dictatorship

    To the editor:

    Once again, Sunset Beach citizens and taxpayers have been shafted behind their backs. I thought we lived in a democracy, but instead three of our town council members — Mark Benton, Rich Cerrato and Jan Harris — have seen to it we have become a dictatorship.

    Seems three of our council members can fire our administrator, Susan Parker, who has done more for this town than any of the others we’ve had and knows what is best for our town, and have decided the citizens and taxpayers shouldn’t be told of the reason.

  • Anti-Rabon political ads target regional team efforts

    To the editor:

    I received three separate political ad cards in the mail accusing state Sen. Bill Rabon of jeopardizing hundreds of potential jobs in Brunswick County and using millions of dollars of funds slated for economic development for other purposes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    I retired about three years ago from Brunswick County Economic Development. It was well publicized we were the finalists for a number of large industries, including Continental Tires, Caterpillar and Mitsubishi.

  • Thank you, Seaside United Methodist Church

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach for its donation of $2,400 and for its ongoing partnership and support of our mission.

    BFA and SUMC have been working together for a number of years and the partnership we share is invaluable to BFA and the clients we serve.

    Thank you, Seaside United Methodist Church, for all you do to make Brunswick County a better place to live!

     

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director

    Shallotte

  • Warm weather returns with familiar wildlife

    A map on Springcasting, an online tool

    unveiled in January by the Cornell University Emergent Climate Risk Lab, shows we got a late start on enjoying consistent springtime temperatures this year, even though it seems like Easter was earlier than usual.

    This past weekend brought us not only beautiful weather, but also a seemingly lower pollen count. Both prompted me to open my windows at home Saturday to enjoy some fresh air and give my heating and air conditioning unit a breather.

  • I can do one better than a resolution, letter and phone call

    When the reporters at the Beacon (or The Brunswick, since one side of our sign hasn’t been repaired yet), cover a meeting, the story you see in the paper normally starts with the biggest news and prioritizes the rest.

    So in last week’s Brunswick County commissioner meeting story, the first thing you read about was the engineering study that recommended a reverse osmosis water filtration system was the best option to keep GenX and other contaminants brought to you by The Chemours Co. out of your drinking water.

    At a cost of $99 million.

  • How to avoid and report scam headaches during tax season

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    We all get busy during tax season, and that includes the thieves who specialize in taking your money. While you’re working to get all of your information in order to file your taxes, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams designed to get your personal information or rob you of your refund.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Our interim committees and select committees were in full swing again last week in the General Assembly. The first meeting of the House Select Committee on School Safety was held Wednesday, March 21. As a member of the committee, I was very interested in how we would proceed on this extremely important subject. It turned out to be a very productive all-day meeting.