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Today's Opinions

  • Noun or verb, Supply covers lots of territory in Brunswick County

    It stretches across Brunswick County’s farthest reaches.

    From northern Shallotte to southern Bolivia in latitude, from eastern St. James/Oak Island/Southport to western Ash in longitude, the vast territory long known as “Supply” could well be Brunswick County’s largest city—if it was a city.

    Supply, N.C., which ballyhoos its own ZIP code—28462—is that area people usually refer to when it’s just too far out and not fitting to put a place within one of Brunswick County’s valid incorporated towns.

  • Mother's Day: What makes a mother?

    There are many ways to define a mother. Obviously, she is the woman who gave birth to you. But she is so much more than that.

    A mother is someone who protects us, guides us, loves us and teaches us.

    As I have grown into an adult, my relationship with my mother has changed. She has always been there; dependable and strong with love and patience.

  • Get responsible or get fined

    To the editor:
    I read Mr. Sappenfield’s letter in the May 3 edition of the Beacon with both interest and frustration. Lock up 5-year-olds for digging holes on Sunset Beach? Of course not. I’m sure their concerned parents will fill them in before leaving.

  • Don’t take cheap shots

    To the editor:
    As the November election nears, something new has reared its not so subliminal head. Let’s call it playing the “middle” name card.
    In a letter “Long walk off short pier,” Mr. Donnelly expressed a view regarding the current president and stated, in his opinion, that he used his imperial power to fund terrorism. That is his expressed opinion and he is certainly entitled to it.

  • Focus should be on beach-goers

    To the editor:
    This is in response to the article “Changes Afoot for Sunset Beach Seasonal Patrol” in the May 3 issue of the Beacon.
    I am interested in knowing what qualifications are required when interviewing for the beach code enforcement team besides “who will work well with the public,” as mentioned in the article, or whether the candidates are retired detectives, retired police officers from other states or firemen? It sounded like a lot of jealousy and hard feelings among those hired and not rehired for another season.

  • Help the homeless

    In Brunswick County there are signs the economy is beginning to recover.
    Some homes are selling. Some new construction is under way. Tourists are coming to the area.
    But as times are slowly improving, there are still plenty of people right here in Brunswick County who are struggling.
    Groups like Brunswick Family Assistance are strapped trying to find ways to extend its services to people of all ages.

  • What to expect from the upcoming short session in Raleigh

    I doubt any of you have noticed or paid particular attention to this detail, but whenever I write about the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session, I use quotation marks when using “non-controversial” as the powers-that-be like to describe it.

    Non-controversial? What does that even mean?

  • James Collins

    James Joseph Collins, 65, of Little River, S.C., died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center.
    Services will be at a later date in New York.
    Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach, S.C.