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Today's Opinions

  • Stamp Act resistance anniversary validates voters’ value

    It seems fitting for the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act resistance to fall so close on the calendar to North Carolina’s 2016 primary election March 15.

    In Brunswick County, the milestone holds extra significance. Brunswick Town, situated along the Cape Fear River, north of where Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal is today, offered the first successful armed rebellion against the British Empire.

  • Medicare Advantage enrollment periods

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    The annual Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave their plan and return to Original Medicare.

    If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2016. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form.

  • Pray for protection from terrorists, spread of virus

    To the editor:

    We humbly ask God to protect our children and families from any terrorist plots that have infiltrated our civilian population. Put a hedge of protection over our schools, churches and synagogues, malls, theaters, and public gatherings like the Super Bowl.

  • Public participation allows for face-to-face feedback

    Public speaking isn’t my forte. I can do it adequately enough, but most of the time, I speak somewhat softly, I get a little nervous addressing strangers and I’m introverted person all around.

    Oh, I’m plenty friendly (I think), but it seems to take a Herculean effort for me not to be socially awkward in general — unless I’m talking about something I’m passionate about, like the work we do here at the Beacon. I’m almost always happy to talk with anyone, anywhere about that.

  • Employee needs do not determine their wages

    To the editor:

    In his letter published Feb. 4, Thomas McGrath offers arguments favoring an increase in minimum wage based on specious premises.

    Invoking biblical reference, he assumes because a “good” vineyard owner paid his laborers “a full days wage,” the wage paid was a living wage and the labor performed was unskilled work. His reference supports neither assumption.

  • Driver notices kind actions of BCSO deputy

    To the editor:

    Thursday, Feb. 4, I was in the carpool line at West Brunswick High School. The weather was very nasty, so I went early as did many other parents and grandparents, turning off my car while I waited. The woman in front of me also turned off her car, but unfortunately was not able to get it started again, which was only evident with the events that transpired.

  • Rouzer restricts topics for the public he serves

    To the editor:

    Congressman David Rouzer, your website references only two topics on which you are seeking my input, and unfortunately, it appears to only be eliciting a negative evaluation of both: “If you have any problem with federal agencies or benefits, please call my Smithfield, Bolivia or Wilmington office or go to www.rouzer.house.gov so we can help. You can reach the Smithfield office at (919) 938-3040, Bolivia office at (910) 253-6111 or Wilmington office at (910) 395-0202.”

  • Carolina Shores residents want convenience center kept

    To the editor:
    At the Feb. 4 Carolina Shores Town Council meeting, it seems former Mayor Walter Goodenough was once again trying to shut down the town’s convenience center. This time, he cites it as a liability to the town because people have had accidents and we already pay for curbside pickup. Well, we don’t close roadways down when people have accidents and we don’t close buildings because someone slips and falls.