Today's Opinions

  • Mother Nature yet controls Jinks Creek

    To the editor:

    When Mannon Gore platted Sunset Beach island with 50-by 90-foot lots, he had in mind cottages, not castles. He had in mind fishing skiffs and small boats, not 30-foot Grady Whites and yachts. The finger canals were designed to give cottage owners access to the marsh for fishing and crabbing with skiffs and small, shallow draft boats. And until the ‘80s, the island and its good fishing and crabbing remained open to these small craft launched from homes or from Sunset Boulevard.

  • Name road for servicemen who died in Vietnam

    To the editor:

    Regarding naming a piece of Brunswick County highway for men killed in Vietnam, it is difficult to understand how the naming of just five miles of Interstate 140 to honor the acceptance of civic responsibility by 10 young men that resulted in their death in Vietnam could be a bad precedent.

    Recognizing the sacrifice of one group doesn’t detract from the contribution of others, but it does dilute the significance and the sacrifice of these 10 men and their families by lumping them into a large group.

  • Thank you for supporting Wine Fest 2018

    To the editor:

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation would like to thank all of its 2018 Wine Fest sponsors.

    Donations of time, material and support were critical in making Wine Fest 2018 an outstanding success. Wine Fest sponsors are the reason we can offer a great event and in the long-term offer programs and exhibits to help further our educational mission.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council must listen to its residents

    To the editor:

    There was a Sunset Beach Town Council meeting May 7 where there was a report made by the consultant, Moffatt & Nichols, on the dredging scoping meeting held with state officials. This was followed by public comments when a number of residents got up and spoke on the subject of dredging. Many residents made a resounding plea to proceed with dredging of the whole area defined as the canals, bay and south and north Jinks Creek, giving clear access to the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Thank you for voting Benton in primary

    Editor’s note: The writer was one of three Republicans, including Robert Cruse and incumbent John Thompson, for the District 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education in the May 8 primary and faces Joanne Levitan in the Nov. 6 general election.

    To the editor:

    I want to thank Brunswick County residents for advocating for the students this week. I am immensely grateful to the family, friends and loyal supporters who generously contributed their time and effort to my campaign for school board.

  • Influence peddling and bird watching, from the desk of Brian Slattery

    I have a couple callbacks to make in this week’s column, one involving our last episode and the other going way back to spring 2016.

    First off, my politicking last month paid off in an unexpected way.

    After putting out the word that the Beacon office has been a Girl Scout cookie-free zone — a cookie desert, some might say — for too long, a surprise delivery showed up here at the Beacon.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we met with the House Select Committee on School Safety, we met in several budget committee meetings and we got ready for the short session.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Community College celebrates our local businesses

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Small businesses in America create one out of three new jobs each year. Since 1963, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation establishing a National Small Business Week to recognize the outstanding economic impact of entrepreneurs and small business owners. For 2018, April 30-May 4 has been designated such.