Today's Opinions

  • An everyday hero’s story, a reminder for all motorists

    Travis Brown and his dad were in their pickup the afternoon of May 23 when they saw a small SUV run a stop sign and smack the back end of a golf cart at 24th Avenue North and Ye Old Kings Highway in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The impact spun the golf cart, flinging its female passenger into the roadway.

    An older man reached into the driver’s side window of the SUV and tried to grab the keys, but the driver kept going, nearly dragging the man and almost running over the woman as she lay in the road.

  • Support makes Blue Crab Festival so successful

    To the editor:

    The World Famous Blue Crab Festival would like to thank the community for its ongoing support.

    This event would not be possible without the assistance of many local businesses and hundreds of volunteers. The festival’s success is mirrored by Little River’s incessant growth, and we hope our visitors enjoyed all our wonderful community has to offer.

    We hope to see you again next year, May 18-19, 2019.


    Izzy West

  • Thanks for promoting SBIC food pantry fundraiser

    To the editor:

    I wanted to thank the Beacon for the three weeks of publishing the “Sing into Spring” South Brunswick Interchurch Council community news item. I know it helped to pack the church and helped us raise $2,817 from the love offering.

    It was a joyful few hours of diverse music. It was nice to participate and help organize this concert that now affords the food pantry to purchase 10,000 pounds of food for the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry, according to Mary Pritchard, food pantry coordinator.

  • Thank you to alert motorist, AAA for service

    To the editor:

    We would like to personally thank the driver of a car who passed us May 15 about 4 p.m. on 23rd Street North as we left the Wilmington VA hospital and were about three miles on 23rd headed for Wrightsville Road to dinner. He yelled at us that our rear tire was going flat.

    We pulled into Southern Kitchen Design’s parking lot across from the UPS and he was right. AAA at 1717 23rd St. had us rolling within 50 minutes of pulling in and did a wonderful job also.

    Thank you to both. That’s what road service is all about!

  • Town should create, adopt code of conduct

    To the editor:

    As a prior 30-year Sunset Beach property owner, I am continually taken aback and ashamed by the continuous articles in the Beacon concerning the lack of professional conduct by Sunset Beach elected figures. What a disgrace to the citizens and landowners of Sunset Beach.

    Councilman Rich Cerrato’s latest outbreak of behavior continues to demonstrate he has an anger management problem. This behavior is a continual problem for all in the Sunset Beach community.

  • Facts indicate need for Jinks Creek dredging

    To the editor:

    This letter is written in direct response to Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Jan Harris’ comment at the last town meeting that if the public knew the facts about the Sunset Beach dredging project, they would understand why she was against it.

  • Where there is smoke, there are fire fees

    To the editor:

    When you blow away the smoke, you will better understand the cause of the fire and the recent drama reported in the Beacon.

    Sunset Beach Town Council voted 4-1 to increase your fire fee rate by 45 percent. This rate increase is equivalent to a 3.5-cent property tax rate increase.

  • You decide: Is there a solution for the generational clash?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    In several states, teachers are protesting for higher salaries and more support for education, and those protests have come to North Carolina. At the same time, medical costs are an issue everywhere in the country. In this year’s session of the General Assembly, North Carolina’s lawmakers may debate greater funding for medical care, mainly through an expansion of Medicaid.