Today's Opinions

  • Settlement is a reminder to watch your words

    The Internet does a lot of good things for a lot of people.
    It’s an amazing way to connect with people around the world without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.
    It’s a never-ending source of information, a way to find out something about just about anything you can imagine.
    It’s a place that can inspire love, creativity, diversity, knowledge and friendship.
    But it’s also a place where things can very quickly get out of hand.

  • Big trial no laughing matter, except for when it was

    Being assigned to cover a days-long trial like last week’s Lewis vs. Rapp libel case at the Brunswick County Courthouse is a mixed bag, for sure.

    On one side of the courtroom, you have a rare, fascinating case involving our own Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis, who for nearly three years has been relentlessly pursuing her day(s) in court as a plaintiff seeking justice against libel.

  • Still learning about Brunswick County: So what am I missing?

    I’ve mentioned I’m not from here a couple times in the past. That’s because I have to start somewhere, and the first thing you learn in a new place is how much you don’t know about it.

    The things that stand out the most are the things that are most different from your past experiences.

    I have now been in Brunswick County long enough that what still feels like only a few weeks has turned into a few months. Almost. Give or take a few days.

  • Thanks for support

    To the editor:
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all at the Beacon for your support following this loss of a great friend and co-worker.
    The community support and outpouring of love for Kyle Jones’ family, the sheriff’s office and its staff has been overwhelming.
    I think I speak for all of us when I say that Kyle will be missed and that the support of and the love of our community is what keeps us going.
    Deputy Chris Wood

  • Councilwoman talks about taking sides

    To the editor:
    Several letters to the editor have been published lately that go far beyond expressing the opinions of the writers on substantive issues, and instead personally and viciously attack elected officials who have different positions.
    I ran for office, not for political gain, but because I thought I could make a difference.
    I am sure most others run for the same reasons. The hours spent on town business are great, and the monetary reward practically nonexistent.

  • Great wife, cooking soothe worries

    To the editor:
    In a world that is fraught with turmoil, stress and uncertainty, it is so soothing that we have something we can count on.
    Marriage itself can be a gamble. I have a great wife, and without question I have perfect pasta.
    The Astros got Nolan Ryan, the Reds got Pete Rose, and I got Maria Quintano.
    She is descended from Sicilian parents. Her gift in the kitchen is she cannot cook a sub-standard meal.

  • Investigate records

    To the editor:
    Recently, the Beacon has published letters from Sunset Beach council members and Mayor Rich Cerrato regarding expenditures for a myriad of items.
    The amounts from both parties appear to be in direct conflict. Would it not be in the best public service interest for the Beacon to investigate public records to verify facts? Any discrepancies could then be reported to the citizens, our residents.
    In this election year, we have a right to know. Is it asking too much to expect fair and honorable journalism from a news organization?

  • Has writer lost her mind?

    To the editor:
    Re: Rachel Johnson’s column of Jan. 17.
    Rachel’s comment, “I believe in my right to not live in fear,” is mind-boggling. Practically every word in her article says, “I’m living in fear.” By packing a gun, she’s not living in fear? How bizarre. It stands the truth on its head.
    Are you gun owners so confused that you can’t think straight anymore? You’re afraid they are going to take your Bible away? Have you lost your mind?