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Today's Opinions

  • Do you know history?

    To the editor: Mr. Donnelly [in his recent letter] proves he either does not know his history or does not understand it.

    The U.S. fought in Korea and withdrew without victory. The U.S. fought in Vietnam and withdrew without victory.

    President Bush claimed victory when there was none. Eight years after starting a war that has been proven to be without a basis, the U.S. is still engaged but will withdraw without victory.

  • Pill abuse on the rise

    To the editor: Prescription pain pill abuse is on the rise, and more and more we are hearing about people becoming addicted to medicine that was prescribed for pain.

    Pill addiction is growing like a brush fire in Brunswick County. It doesn’t help matters that Hollywood has made it almost glamorous to take these pills, not to mention doctors doling out prescriptions like candy.

  • Fire department says thanks

    To the editor: Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue would like to thank the community for its support in 2009. We are looking forward to serving the community needs in 2010.

    We also are looking for any unwanted or discarded vehicles, farm equipment, big trucks and trailers for training props in classes we will have in 2010. These training props will serve our fire department and other fire departments in the county.

  • All the merriness of a picture-perfect holiday greeting card

    A little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy standing with a border collie in front of the Christmas tree, both wearing reindeer antlers. He is smiling. She is wagging her tail.

    Hallmark probably has a Christmas card just like that on a shelf somewhere. It’s probably $3 or less. I could have gone got a few of those and been done with it.

    But I didn’t.

    Every year, I get Christmas cards from my friends with their pictures of their children, pets and families. They always look really nice, and I say, “Why can’t I do that?”

  • Randy Thompson has served Brunswick County well

    Accountability, loyalty, respect, integrity, professionalism, teamwork, mentor, counselor and friend.

    Those are words friends and co-workers use to describe Brunswick County Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson.

    After serving Brunswick County since 2000, Thompson is poised to leave behind that position as he retires from the county agency.

  • It's time to let volunteers help animal services

    Brunswick County is still growing, and unfortunately so is its number of unwanted, neglected, lost and abandoned pets.

    This number continues to increase because pet owners in Brunswick County aren’t getting the message: If you own a pet, you owe it to them and to society to be a responsible pet owner.

    However, far too many residents aren’t ready to be responsible for the pets they have. They’re not having animals spayed and neutered, and they’re not properly caring for them.

  • Christmas wishes for Congress: Read the Constitution (and the bills you pass)

    Ah, Christmastime. What a wonderful time of year. In our nation’s capital, a record snowfall has blanketed the city, creating a beautiful backdrop for a legislative disaster of epic proportions that is unfolding within the hallowed walls of the U.S. Capitol.

    In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d write a light-hearted tribute to the season, but then, around 1 a.m. Monday, the Senate secured its 60 votes needed to move forward with healthcare reform, derailing any hopes for jovial Christmas prose or sugarplum fairies to dance in my head.

  • New feature will highlight those who are changing people’s lives and the community

    Each year, The Brunswick Beacon highlights some of the community’s most interesting people in its annual 10 Most Interesting feature. Once a year, a single issue of the paper is devoted to telling the stories and featuring photos of those readers suggest are among the most interesting in Brunswick.

    This year, when we made a call for suggestions, we received more than we anticipated. With so many good suggestions, we wondered how we could do more than just feature 10 people this year.