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Today's Opinions

  • Tolerance and respect missing in current conversations

    To the editor:

    I lean a little to the left on some issues, a little to the right on others and down the middle on others. I am blessed to have family and friends, probably 30 percent of whom lean far left, 20 percent who lean far right and 50 percent who walk the line down the middle of the road. Something we all have in common is a mutual respect and our diverse opinions. We can enjoy lively discussions without name calling or ill feelings. I have been enlightened on many issues by the special folks.

  • Sunset Beach dredging comes at a cost

    To the editor:

    Anyone who doubts current and future Sunset Beach residents will eventually pay for any new dredging needs to study the history of Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island and Masonboro Inlet. Last year it was a $30 million program paid for by taxes on restaurants and hotels in New Hanover County. This year a $4,000 to $5,000 assessment has been proposed to many residents in the area. Assessments, bond issues and taxes have been ongoing since the 1960s.

  • Walls secure points of entry

    To the editor:

    A letter last week mentioned that “a wall is a symbol of hatred for immigrants,” and that “walls are totally ineffective,” while at the same time saying that we do need to sort out people coming here for bad reasons. I disagree strongly with the statements that walls are symbols of hatred and are ineffective, but do agree with the need to sort out people coming here for bad reasons.

  • Climate change a matter of debate and math

    To the editor:

    I wrote the Beacon several weeks ago responding to a letter titled, “Our failure to address climate change.”

    I compared the increase in CO2 from a pre-industrial level of 280 ppm to approximately 400 ppm today and calculated the increase to be 12/1000 of a percent. This in turn drew a response from a Maryland resident stating my math was incorrect and should be 43 percent or the amount of the difference (120) divided by 280.

  • State Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature

    Last week the North Carolina General Assembly included committee assignments for the 2019-2020 session and some early bill filings. There were two floor sessions but only one procedural vote.

    After missing the Jan. 9 swearing-in ceremony in Raleigh due to medical reasons, I was sworn in Jan. 18 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

  • Last Run for Food a winner

    To the editor:

    We are especially thankful for all the articles in the Beacon about Run For Food. We were amazed at the final number of participants at 376, most registering in the last few weeks.

    It was all about people supporting others. A carload of food was brought by walkers and runners when they picked up their packets. Participants additionally donated over $2,800 to the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

  • Agrees with Kriz column

    To the editor:

    This is in follow-up to the Jan. 17, 2019, Nomad's Notes: “Manufactured wall crisis threatens to bring us all down.”

    Lindsay Kriz hit the nail on the head stating the issues the president should be dealing with: drugs, gun violence, systematic racism and climate change, rather than manufacturing a crisis so that he can get what he wants so he can prove to a couple of TV people that he's not a weak person.

  • Doggone good write-up

    To the editor:

    I thought Dr. Ernie Ward’s Jan. 17 column, “Do dogs go to heaven?” was absolutely terrific.

    Three of my children lost dogs in the last few months (Orbi, Libbie, Ellie and Sixer) so I forwarded the column to them. I am sure they shared the column with their children.

    I lost my lab Homer (a Dr. Ward patient) two years ago and I know in my heart Dr. Ward is right: they do go to heaven!

    With all the nasty stuff in the news, this was a feel-good pleasant change in reading material.

    Thank you.