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Today's Opinions

  • The meaning of Christmas

    To the editor: While driving through Shallotte a few days ago, I noticed a strange message on the marquee of a local restaurant.

    It read: “It’s called CHRISTmas.”

    Strange, because many other establishments have no qualms about celebrating the Holy Day; however, to avoid offending anyone, they attempt to be politically correct and omit Jesus.

    No thought is given about offending Christians who know Jesus is the reason for the very existence of Christmas.

     

  • Auxiliary should be recognized

    To the editor:

    A recent article in the Beacon highlighted an awards ceremony for volunteers for their service to Brunswick County.

    Recipients were individuals and groups cited for their contributions as part of the Governor’s Award for outstanding service to the county.

    Among those worthy recipients for honors bestowed was special recognition for the St. James Fire Department and its large volunteer organization, including a fire auxiliary that raises money and provides support and maintenance.

  • Selfless donation a reminder of true holiday spirit

    It’s always great to hear of billionaires donating money and resources to organizations, especially children’s charities, but to me, it means more when you hear of hard-working, everyday people going the extra mile to make a contribution or donation simply because they want to, not because they have an extra million or two laying around and send out press releases announcing their good deeds to the world.

  • Girls Inc. works to lower number of teen pregnancies

    According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, in Brunswick County in 2007, 183 women younger than 19 became pregnant. The youngest reported was a mere 12 years old. Across the state, more than 20,000 women younger than 19 got pregnant last year.

    In the Brunswick County Health Department’s Community Assessment for 2007, the report indicated the county “continues to have an unusually high rate of teen pregnancy,” referring to 296 children born to mothers younger than 19 during a year-and-a-half period.

  • Shallotte loses forefather

    To the editor: Shallotte lost another of our town forefathers last month.

    Those of you who have been here for a long time remember Dykes Tires as Shady Park Esso, which opened around 1940.

    You remember Dykes checking your tires, looking under the hood, chit-chatting while he filled up your tank, never seeming to be in a hurry for you to leave.

  • Programs available to help women with weight issues, eating problems

    If you owned a television at all in 1988 you probably remember the scene that played out on countless “entertainment” television shows, and the follow-up images and stories that later came in newspapers and magazines.

    That was the year media tycoon Oprah Winfrey rolled a wagon of fat onto the set of her show representing the 67 pounds she reportedly lost. Since then the daytime talk show host has become a spokesperson for many—touting eating healthier and exercising.

  • Wait and see what the president-elect can do before calling him ‘fascinating’

    Since we’re knocking on 2009’s door, this is the time of the year when, among everything else, we’re inundated with the “best-ofs” and the “year-in-reviews” and all other shows, programs, stories and broadcasts remembering all things great in 2008.

    I watched one such show last week, and I think that’ll be enough to last me for at least another year.

    I found it mind-numbingly predictable, and I’m willing to bet all the rest will be equally unsurprising.

  • In hard times, locals step up to help

    I don’t think any of us needed an official announcement to know that. We’ve seen too many of our neighbors and friends losing jobs, losing income and struggling to make it. We’ve experienced it ourselves.

    It’s good to know, then, in these troubled times, some people are stepping up to the plate to make things a little better here in Brunswick County.