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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed historic constitutional amendments for the voters to decide, we had a record override votes of the governor’s vetoes, and we finished our work for the short session.

  • You decide: what should be done about income inequality?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Income inequality is one of those terms that receive different reactions from people. Some view it as a natural result of our economic system. Others view it as the rich robbing the poor. Still, others ignore it by focusing on their own lives and whether they are making progress.

  • An exercise to cope with state of politics

    To the editor:

    You’re distraught, depressed. You can’t believe what has been happening to our politics. And now, with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, some of the issues that are dearest to your heart are in jeopardy.

    It’s very tempting to place the blame on others: our president, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, the North Carolina congressional delegation or any number of other public figures. But that only makes you feel powerless and even more miserable.

  • County should allow Sunday voting option

    To the editor:

    At the most recent Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting, information was presented by the county elections director, Sara Knotts, regarding the numbers of voters who were able to vote because of Sunday voting in New Hanover County in the years 2016 and 2018. In 2016, 612 citizens were able to physically vote at a polling place and in 2018 there were 425.

  • Bible passages may be two sides of same coin

    To the editor:

    Much has been made of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ use of Romans 13 and its urging prayerful support for the “governing authorities.”

  • No bad dogs, only bad owners

    To the editor:

    You have to prove you can control a 2,000-pound car to legally drive. You don’t have to prove anything to own a dog.

    I have worked with dogs most of my 66 years and never had a dog I couldn’t trust around children, adults, other dogs or vehicles. I don’t use shock collars. My dogs have all been rescue or inherited large breeds, including the bad reputation pit bulls. Some older rescues have behavior problems, but it is usually solved with persistence and patience.

  • Thank you to OIB Post Office for food drive support

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to Ocean Isle Beach Post Office for its ongoing support in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

    In 2018, BFA received 11,048 pounds of food. The food collected will help those who use BFA’s emergency food pantry during the summer months.

    We truly appreciate and value all their efforts! We could not continue to pursue our mission of helping those in need in our community without the help and kindness of people just like them.

  • News is reported even when nightmares come true

    It was only one story.

    One factual, accurate and fair piece of reporting about a harassment case apparently motivated a man to redirect a festering rage to a community newspaper and take it out June 28 on the innocent people who worked there.

    I didn’t know Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith or Wendi Winters, but they were just as much my colleagues as anyone else I work with here at the Beacon or have worked with in my newspaper career.