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Today's News

  • Satirical idea

    To the editor: Were I a political cartoonist I would ink a vision of president-elect Barack Obama’s promised “change” thusly: A dark and dreary wintry setting reveals Obama, shovel in hand, standing astride opened graves in the Bill Clinton Memorial Cemetery.

    The following names would appear etched on the headstones over several opened graves: Rahm Emanuel, Madeline Albright, Robert Reich, Greg Craig, Ron Klain, and Mona Sutphen.

    A caption on the cartoon would read: “I thought you stiffs would enjoy a ‘change’.”

  • Public record

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 5, 6, 7 and 10 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Nov. 5

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtrooms clerk Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    James C. Abernathy, improper equipment, costs.

    Kellie Jean Abernethy, improper equipment, $25 and costs; no operator’s license, expired registration card/tag, expired/no inspection sticker, all voluntarily dismissed.

  • Children need a better education

    To the editor: Did anyone else notice that only six out of 17 of our county’s schools passed the adequate yearly progress for last school year as this newspaper reported? Yet, Superintendent Katie McGee got a satisfactory performance rating and a nice increase in salary.

    To go with that, she also was awarded a Regional Superintendent’s Award. Tell me how. Her school system had some of the lowest end-of-grade test scores in the state.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Craig Ellis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Oct. 27:

    Sarah Elizabeth Allan, 16, of 162 NW 5th St., Oak Island; three counts felony break or enter a motor vehicle, three counts misdemeanor attempted larceny.

    Carl Henry Alston, 35, of 457 Colony Lane SE, Leland; felony murder, felony first-degree rape, felony first-degree kidnapping.

  • Confused by columnist’s intent

    To the editor: John Heidtke’s column in the Nov. 13 edition of The Brunswick Beacon confuses me. I am not sure whether he is saying people who wear zoot suits or sagging trousers deserve to be the object of civil unrest or whether he intends to make some other point.

    My first reaction was revulsion at what appeared to be racist statements, but perhaps the column would have benefited by more editing. I do not understand the point of the column and would appreciate further comment from Mr. Heidtke.

  • Discover fresh hope for reading challenges

    How well we are able to see and read makes a huge difference in how we relate to our world.

    For those in trouble, here is hope.

    An amazing witness

    During 1980, I was assigned to the St. Louis Missouri Division of the FBI.

    A disgruntled mechanic, recently fired from his General Services Administration job, drove into the basement garage of our federal building and exited his car with a loaded shotgun.

  • Book sale was a success

    To the editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Leland Library, I would like to thank The Brunswick Beacon for helping publicize our most successful book sale ever.

    Other organizations helped with contributions including Carrabba’s Restaurant, Bath and Body Works, Leland Food Lion and the Leland Copy Center.

    We could not have done it without the members of the Friends who worked so hard preparing for the sale, during the sale and packing up after the event.

    A special thanks to all those who bought books and contributed to this important fundraising event.

  • Shame on theives

    To the editor: I had a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 15, on Oakbark Court in Carolina Shores.

    My son, age 11, was helping to escort shoppers and carry things to cars. He then changed clothes into a uniform for his final tournament football game.

    Before leaving, he went to retrieve his things only to discover someone had stolen his Sony PSP and cell phone. These were not sale items and were clearly set far apart from those that were.

  • Had good experiences at Jessie Mae

    To the editor: For the past four years, I have been interacting with the administrators and faculty at Jesse Mae Monroe Elementary in my capacity as chairman of the Nocha White American Legion Post 503 Auxiliary Americanism committee.

    What an uplifting experience for my committee members and myself. We were welcomed with open arms when we described the patriotic programs we would like to bring to the students.

    Most recently, we were invited to have a Veterans Day program in an assembly setting at the school.

  • Supports Obama

    To the editor: This Republican supports Barack Obama.

    The campaigning, voting and final counting is over and our new president-elect is Barack Obama. As a Republican, I recognize he will be our president, my president and every American’s president.

    In this I will support him; however, my support has boundaries and will come in the same form as that provided by Democrats to George W. Bush during his presidency; no less, no more.

    The one thing I will not and cannot provide Mr. Obama that was generously extended to George W. Bush is hate.