Today's Opinions

  • DSS board is going in circles, not forward

    Even though a new director has been hired to lead the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, the agency is still encountering roadblocks.

  • Attorney’s advice is step in right direction

    Calabash town attorney Mark Lewis sent a letter to commissioners last week advising them to release information about a possible property purchase—information that has been withheld from the public since the board met on March 8.

  • The Kindred Spirit mailbox

    I admit it. I have caught the fever—spring fever that is. I sit at my desk rolling around story ideas that will take my feet to the sand. Anything I can do to make the workday happen on the shoreline is exactly what the doctor has ordered. Last week, I had the opportunity to walk out to the Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island to write a story for an upcoming “Island Living” special section of the Beacon.

  • Misguided ‘Teen Mom’s’ latest antics bring tabloid attention to Brunswick County

    I was on one of my many trips to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when it came up—the subject I had so hoped to avoid—Jenelle, otherwise known as Brunswick County’s resident “Teen Mom.”

    A “star” on MTV’s “reality” show “Teen Mom 2,” Jenelle Evans is a 19-year-old Oak Island resident whose run-ins with the law have been well documented on the show, in the tabloids and in the court docket in Brunswick County District Court.

  • What about a shuttle?

    To the editor:

    Due to the concerns of many people over the lack of parking and increased costs at the pier lot, it seems obvious that something must be done to accommodate day travelers and mainland residents with no place to park on the island.

    From what I have read in the Beacon, it appears the elected officials could care less about these families.

  • Vandals caught on camera

     To the editor:

    I live inside Brick Landing, a gated, private community. Since Halloween night 2009 we have experienced several instances of vandalism and larceny.

    The latest incident occurred before 2 a.m. the morning of March 16.

    After my property was vandalized in 2009, I had outside ADT security cameras installed along with a DVD recorder.

  • What about town’s code of ethics?

    To the editor:

    In last week’s article regarding a possible conflict of interest issue, Mayor Clemmons stated, “One of the golden rules you ask yourself is does this member stand to gain financially as a result of their decision?”

  • Supports plan for town park

    To the editor:

    We owe our council people a thank you for their forward-thinking vision of creating a park on the waterway for all the people of Sunset Beach to enjoy.

    The opportunity to procure the beautiful parcel of land located near the site of our old pontoon bridge is a priceless one. It is an opportunity that if not taken now will never present itself again.