Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seems the last two weeks in the North Carolina General Assembly have been all about the budget, but we also have been filing local bills and bills that were recommended by study committees.

  • Travel free from scam-related stress this summer

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    What’s better than the beginning of summer? Longer days, warm weather, and for many, summer vacations. But nothing will cause a trip to go off the rails faster than falling victim to a travel scam. When you’re planning your travel this year, plan ahead with these tips to help ensure a headache-free trip.

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.