Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Differences of opinion welcome, encouraged

    In last week’s edition, we published a letter to the editor from a writer upset with all the press opponents to seismic testing and offshore drilling were getting, accusing the Beacon of catering to environmental extremists.

    The writer expressed his opinion in a letter that conformed to our letters to the editor policy, so we published it. By my count, it marked at the time the sixth letter to the editor we received and published this year that expressed support for seismic testing and offshore drilling, contrary to the Beacon’s editorial position.

  • Keep town of Sunset Beach in harmony with environment

    To the editor:

    Change came to coastal Carolina in 1972 when the federal government enacted the Coastal Zone Management Act. With this act, the federal government charged the 20 coastal counties in North Carolina to put in place programs that regulated development in the coastal area.

  • State law forbids disclosure of reason for termination

    To the editor:

    I’d like to remind all the writers protesting Susan Parker’s termination as Sunset Beach’s town administrator that North Carolina law requires that derogatory information in an employee’s personnel file is confidential and may not be publicly disclosed.

    I am fully confident there were excellent reasons for Parker’s dismissal by the town council, which cannot legally be disclosed to the public.

  • Commissioners’ decision on offshore drilling resolution was the right call

    To the editor:

    The March 29 editorial called out Brunswick County commissioners for failing to pass a resolution against offshore energy development. The editorial gets it wrong on multiple levels. The commissioners’ decision was the right call.

    North Carolinians spend an annual average of $3,073 per person on energy and have a median household income around $48,000. Our electricity bills are 8 percent higher than the national average. Do the math.

  • Thank you to members of St. Luke Lutheran Men on a Mission

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to St. Luke Lutheran Evangelical Church’s Men on a Mission in Shallotte for their generous monetary donation and for the 2,287.6 pounds of food they collected during their recent food drive in Sunset Beach.

    The partnership we share is invaluable to BFA and the clients we serve.

    Thank you, St. Luke Lutheran Church, for all you do to make Brunswick County a better place to live!


    Charles Jackson, BFA program manager


  • Facing formidable foes in the fight against opioid addiction

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At a recent Brunswick County Opioid Epidemic Task Force meeting, we learned there would soon be a war on area drug dealers who are poisoning our men and women. Congratulations to twin brothers Jon and Ben David, district attorneys for the 13th and Fifth Districts, respectively, and their move to set bail at $1 million for these types of offenders.

  • Congress must preserve SHIIP funding

    By Mike Causey

    guest Columnist

    An effort is under way in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish.

    North Carolina’s SHIIP office gets about $1.4 million a year from the federal government, making up about 65 percent of the program’s budget. The remaining 35 percent comes from state sources.