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Today's Opinions

  • Citizens are paying twice

    To the editor: You’ve read the horror stories about a POA/HOA board of directors running amok. Add one more account.

    The Carolina Shores subdivision POA authorized their remunerated attorney to send a series of letters to the town of Carolina Shores’ government demanding the town assume responsibility for all swale and driveway headwall maintenance.

    This effort was paid with member dues and perpetrated without contact to gauge member support.

  • Paws-Ability has successful event

    To the editor: Paws-Ability’s second annual adoption fair on May 8 met with some very hot weather, but that did not keep visitors away. Five animals found their forever home on this day thanks to our sponsor, Greenup Landscaping of Ocean Isle and Cheri Hewitt.

    Paws-Ability volunteers worked to plan, organize and make this adoption fair a plus for the local rescue shelter.

    Our children’s “petucation” program, chaired by Cameron Brand, introduced a new program for school-age children and teaches responsible pet ownership.

  • Military ideologies can conflict

    To the editor: The military consists of many people, things and separate entities. Its philosophy is wrapped around three factors (ideologies). They are: need to know; rank has its privilege (RHIP); and only give awards to those who deserve them.

    No one had a need to know regarding what Gen. McChrystal said or did. He might believe in military RHIP. The White House only recognizes and believes in civilian RHIP.

  • The crisis in the Gulf

    To the editor: The $20 billion BP payout was a shakedown. It was also something that had to be done. The two conglomerates involved were in bad need of some good public relations. BP and the U.S. government needed to show they cared about the folks directly affected by this absolute tragedy.

    I’m still not convinced either one truly does.

    Regarding BP, they are a corporation and therefore their main obligation is to their shareholders. I believe in the free market system, but in this kind of situation, it’s repulsive.

  • Should songs that make little sense be remade for the next generation?

    Recently, I noticed a new hip-hop version of the old Mungo Jerry song “In the Summertime” was popping up on Disney Channel, “sung” and accompanied by various Disney Channel stars.

    Thankfully, the new version doesn’t include the references to having a drink and a drive or doing “what you feel” with girls who come from the wrong side of the tracks—lines that would charitably be called “questionable” in this day and age.

  • Hometown girl joins Beacon staff as summer intern

    Hello. My name is Michele Johnson, and I will be your intern for this summer.

    I’m from Sunset Beach—been there most of my life. I graduated from West Brunswick High School knowing I wanted to be a reporter. That is why I am here today, introducing myself to you.

    I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a major in journalism.

    While at Pembroke, I studied and worked with all types of media, but newspapers are still my favorite.

  • State needs to take a more comprehensive look at gambling

    Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill that would outlaw video gaming entertainment. 

    If the same measure were to be approved by the state House of Representatives, it would essentially force electronic sweepstakes operations, like those which have popped up throughout Brunswick County, out of business.

  • Does technology really make easy things easier or are we lazy?

    Shortly after graduating from college and getting my own home, I couldn’t wait to show my mom around.

    We toured the rooms and talked about paint selections, furniture and floor coverings. The tour ended in the kitchen where I proudly walked over to the dishwasher.

    “Look at this,” I said, doing my best Vanna White impression as my hands trailed along in front of the dishwasher.

    I beamed.

    “A dishwasher?” mom asked. “Hmm. Don’t want one,” she retorted.