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Today's Opinions

  • More work needed for autism

    To the editor: Children are the future of our nation. Early intervention for our special needs children is the key to a brighter future for these children.

    President Obama is backing the funding for research on autism. My son recently turned 2 years old. Just before his birthday, he was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. More specifically, he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder-NOS (not otherwise specified) and restrictive expressive language communication disorder.

  • Small businesses get help

    To the editor: Small business is the economic engine in our state, especially in difficult times, so I was pleased to see Gov. Beverly Perdue step up to the plate this week and include tax relief for small businesses in her proposed budget.

    Perdue understands the role of entrepreneurs and the importance of moving forward with tax cuts and credits to help small businesses.

  • Responds to issues in Calabash

    To the editor: Thank you, Commissioner Herman, for writing to the citizens of Calabash and with most respect to the town merchants. I am sure they all know your views of them by now and they all will probably get back to you soon.

    I have devoted more than 35 years of my life to this town. I have been in Calabash since 1973 when a group of mostly “merchants” first got together to incorporate the town. I have served as a volunteer fireman at Sunset Beach, in conjunction with Calabash when it was a volunteer department.

  • Child-care facilities should put kids first

    To the editor: In response to an editorial in an earlier edition of the Beacon, I was amazed anyone who deals with children every day would not want the child’s best interest at heart.

    I commend the grandparent for being professional in the manner that she was; however, the provider may need to realize the needs of a child is the first priority.

    I can honestly say, don’t stereotype child-care facilities. We are not all like this. We love all our

    children and treat each as individuals meeting all their needs.

  • We have long been at war

    To the editor: As most people now know, our nation is in serious trouble. It started many years ago when the international bankers got control of our money.

    One of the big bankers, Rothchild, stated: “Give me control of a nation’s money, and I don’t care who the King is.” In other words, he would control the nation’s leaders.

    This has been going on since 1913 when the so-called Federal Reserve was established. The international bankers create wars so they can finance both sides at a large rate of interest.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    To the editor: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2009, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina celebrates 30 years of working to make our state a better place for children and families.

    North Carolina is a much bigger, diverse and more populous place than it was when PCANC started this work. North Carolina has 40 percent more children than it did 30 years ago.

    This is our most vulnerable population, but also one that offers us great hope. These children are our future workers, teachers, voters, professionals and parents.

  • Plant is toxic

    To the editor: We are writing this letter in an attempt to raise the awareness of the toxicity of the oleander plant and hopefully prevent a recurrence of our misfortune.

    On March 13, we lost our beloved West Highland terrier, Murphy, and the cause of death was the ingestion of oleander

    leaves. Since his death, we have spent a great deal of time on the Internet researching information on this beautiful and prevalent plant on our island.

  • Friends contribute to Facebook addiction

    Laura Lewis

    It was pretty silly, really, when Bubba Joe, my old high school buddy living in Illinois, invited me to become one of his friends on Facebook.

    I’m too old for this, I thought. I don’t have any decent, recent photographs to post. None of my friends are young enough to be on there—are they? And what exactly is Facebook?