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Today's Opinions

  • The burden is on Sunset Beach’s mayor

    To the editor:
    Your editorial regarding Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato was, to say the least, interesting.
    You advised him not to overstep his bounds, polish his approach and cease swinging at those around him. Your comments were accurate. But you ignore why council has taken the actions it has taken, even those reactive in nature.
    You’re talking about the man who started his relations with this community more than eight years ago by blocking traffic over the old bridge while handing out campaign literature. He criticized police for removing him.

  • Shooting was one man, not all gun owners

    To the editor:
    Mr. Heidtke’s column title last week implies the horrific shooting of innocent people at a movie theater is the fault of all gun owners instead of a single, very sick person.
    With his background in law enforcement, he has to know that gun laws do not stop criminals from illegally obtaining and using firearms. He may find it interesting to interview some of the New Orleans folks who, after Hurricane Katrina, were illegally disarmed (and left defenseless against thieves and looters) by the police who were supposed to be protecting them.

  • Government- or self-made man?

    To the editor:
    Recently, a Beacon reporter took issue with comments made by President Obama that credit for the success of citizens or businesses in America should be shared by the individual and government—federal, state and local.
    Since the president’s speech was either misunderstood or misinterpreted by the reporter in a “chicken or egg” column, some personal information will be provided to support the comments made by the president about shared success.

  • What is the meaning of life?

    To the editor:
    What is the meaning of life? I saw a bumper sticker that read “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” I would ask, wins what?
    If you base your answer strictly on personal achievements in this life only, will your life count? Can you think of anything worse than at judgment to have your creator say “Depart from me; I never knew you.” That would amount to a total loss of the meaning of life.

  • Stop beating up Sunset Beach town council

    To the editor:
    As a Sunset Beach resident I am distressed the Beacon is constantly beating the negative drum about my town and never seems to accentuate the positives.
    You lecture our town council and yet you fail to notice that the five council members do work well together. Do they sometimes have differences of opinion? Of course, but I think that encourages healthy debate and leads to the best possible compromise.

  • Support Hope Harbor and cheer on Tom Hunter

    Tom Hunter has a big heart and a big love for Harleys.
    The almost-70-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident recently left Brunswick County for Las Vegas. He won’t be there to spend money; he’s there to raise it.
    During the next week or so Hunter will join other motorcycle enthusiasts on a 6,000-mile journey to New York. Along the way the Hope Harbor Home board member wants to raise funds for Hope Harbor.

  • Glenda Ansley was devoted advocate for children

    While Glenda Ansley lost her brave battle against breast cancer last weekend, her legacy here in Brunswick County will live on.
    Those who knew and loved her say Ansley was a tireless advocate for the county’s young people. She always put them and others before herself, believing deeply in second chances.
    Ansley played a huge role as coordinator for Brunswick County Teen Court. In that role, Ansley said it was her goal to try to reach children early on to help save them, the community and our schools.

  • Farewell, Brunswick County, and thank you for the chance to bring you your news

    After more than six years, 2,040 stories, 196 opinion columns, countless crime reports and one ejection from a public meeting, my time here at The Brunswick Beacon is winding down.

    This Friday, Aug. 3, will be my last day at the Beacon, where I have spent the past six years and three months trying my damnedest to bring you the news—first, right and, frankly, better than anyone else.