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Today's Opinions

  • Horton will hold polluters accountable

    For too long, the citizens of southeastern North Carolina have elected representatives and leaders who have betrayed the health and welfare of the public and sold our area’s natural resources to the highest bidder. North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District is in need of an elected official who will hold corporate polluters accountable; someone who will respect people over polluters and make informed policy decisions based on the needs of her constituents rather than corporate donors.

  • Elect those who will listen

    To the editor:

    My wife and I moved here nearly 14 years ago, in large part because of our desire to be near the ocean. I’ve been reflecting on this fact, as the first week of June was North Carolina’s official Clean Water Week.

  • Remember World War I veterans

    To the editor:

    On Memorial Day, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range remembered the 24 Brunswick County men who gave their lives while serving in World War I.

    Pvt. 1st Class Walter S Brock, Pvts. Harvey T. Chadwick and Jimmie Griffin, Pvt. 1st Class Erastus Iredell Nelson, Pvt. Harry Langdon Pigott and Cpl. Herbert B Ward were killed in action.

    Pvts. William Cross Hewett and Benjamin B. Smith died of wounds.

  • Thank you for promoting Fort Caswell efforts

    To the editor:

    Thanks for publishing community news items supporting the monument for World War I veterans and the restoration of 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

    I had no idea when I sent the photos and information to Amy and Norma Eckard of the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range that I would be featured in the Beacon on June 7.

  • Council fails to reduce tax rate

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council demonstrated its lack of financial knowledge by failing to reduce the tax rate by 3.5 cents. This reduction would have made this year’s 45 percent fire fee rate hike increase revenue neutral. Other municipalities reduced their taxes or refused to increase their fire fees, thus remaining revenue neutral.

  • Jesus alive, well

    To the editor:

    If we have come to the conclusion there must be a God like Einstein — “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists” — then why should I believe it is Jesus?

  • North Brunswick High grads share message of love

    Footage from North Brunswick High School’s graduation this past Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College has gone viral on social media, for a wonderful reason.

  • You decide: is it time for a mileage tax?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two decades ago, I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. Many people still communicated by writing letters.