Today's Opinions

  • Battle over Brunswick County blazes across state line

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Interim Editor

  • Teen Court impressive

    To the editor:
    On March 26, I attended a Teen Court session at the Brunswick County Courthouse, open to the public, viewing teens who had been mentored and demonstrating skills prosecuting and/or defending other teens for various violations. It was live—a proceeding, open court. Both sides gave opening statements and after evidence, they gave closing statements and the judge gave his charge. Then a teen jury deliberated and gave its verdict. Observing these very polished events was remarkable.

  • Insurance hikes totally unjustified

    To the editor:
    In reference to a Beacon article about the 20 percent increase in our home insurance rates, let’s examine the facts:
    1) We have not had a major hurricane in southeastern North Carolina in 14 years.
    2) The market value of most of the homes in this area has decreased by almost 33 percent since 2008.

  • Smart Start thankful for gardening help

    To the editor:
    Smart Start of Brunswick County has been fortunate to receive several grants in support of its Just Watch It Grow project.
    This project allows Smart Start to purchase gardening equipment, materials and plants for participating childcare centers.
    Currently, Smart Start has eight centers involved in this special project that promotes healthy eating and has relied on Lowe’s Home Improvement in Shallotte for assistance with purchases and deliveries.

  • Re-start the death penalty but only when there’s proof

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Interim Editor

  • Make saving a life your last and lasting act

    Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed April as Organ Donation Awareness Month in North Carolina, encouraging all citizens to consider the many organ-donation needs throughout the state.
    “According to Carolina Donor Services (CDS), more than 3,546 North Carolinians are waiting for organ transplants, and an average of 18 people die each day due to the severe shortage of donated organs,” McCrory said.
    Eighteen people a day. That’s an alarming number.
    In the future, one of those 18 could be somebody you know. Or love.

  • Need help with spring de-cluttering? Call a Marine

    My Marine son thinks I should keep things simple.

    “I don’t need a lot of material possessions,” Sgt. Alex once remarked during a visit to my coastal cottage filled to the gills with too much stuff.

    This remark came from a mature young man who, as a boy, had constant visions of owning his own TV and video games, FAO Schwarz and Discovery Channel stores, etc., etc., etc. I don’t know where he got that from.

  • The secret to Lawing’s success: Scheduling before instead of after

    I knew County Manager Marty Lawing was a goner the moment I heard his new employers, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, voted at 1 a.m. to offer him their county manager job.

    Now, I’m not from Guilford County, I’ve never covered Guilford County government, I don’t personally know anyone on the Guilford County board or anyone at all from Guilford County, so I’m going on a gut feeling here.