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Today's Opinions

  • Remember the needy in your community

    To the editor: I have been honored to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly for the past 40 years.

    Many of the friends and acquaintances I have made are frequent visitors to the area and are envious of the scenic beauty and relaxed lifestyle they experience on vacation.

    They have read the national and state headlines about the economic downturn and related housing troubles, but they do not understand the underpinning of Brunswick County’s year-round economy is construction.

  • Stealing signs not the American way

    To the editor: This past weekend, I proudly staked my Obama ’08 sign in the front yard of my home in the Landing II.

    The thought briefly passed through my mind someone might steal it.

    I quickly pushed that thought out of the way, mentally chiding myself for not giving more credit to the residents of the county where I grew up.

    Imagine my dismay to discover the sign was stolen the first night it was up.

  • The horse race continues in '08

    To the editor: As each was before it, the “Big Race of ’92” was a race between Money’s Might, Moral Mission and Military Muscle.

    Early in the race, Money’s Might and Moral Mission left Military Muscle running a distant third. The cheers of the fans then pushed Money’s Might on to an easy victory.

    The winning jockey celebrated his victory over Moral Mission with big cigars and busy bottoms, redefining in the process the universal understanding of “illicit sexual relations” among jockeys, horses and fans.

  • A special day to honor a special man

    Longtime Shallotte residents and town officials want to honor one of their own.

    The mayor and board of alderman have proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day” in Shallotte in honor of former alderman and mayor Jerry Jones, who also served as a Brunswick County commissioner for six years.

    In fact, Jones was the board chairman when I arrived at the Beacon.

    More recently, he came back to his “roots” by serving as alderman again until, due to health concerns, he decided not to seek re-election last year.His service will not soon be forgotten.

  • David Sandifer was a Brunswick County treasure

    Since 1996, David Sandifer had been serving the people of Brunswick County as a county commissioner. While it may have been one of his more high profile positions, it was only one of many hats he wore while serving the people of this community.

  • Uncertainties can affect trust in law enforcement officers

    When you’re a victim of a crime, and you feel the investigation into it hasn’t been handled at its best, it can make it difficult to fully trust law enforcement.

    After a college student who had been drinking killed my mother, I had more questions than answers about the investigation.

    Although I had spent years as a journalist building relationships with law enforcement officers, when I was suddenly thrust on the other side of things, distinct lines of trust blurred.

  • Future fisherman begins adventures with outdoorsy family

    Last week I came home from work, and my dad was excited. He wanted to tell me that Levi, my 5-month-old son, picked up a fishing rod for the first time.

    When I was about six months pregnant, my dad went out and bought two little tiny fishing rods, one with a spinning reel and bait casting reel. He was so proud Levi chose the bait cast reel, unlike his mom who prefers the spinning reel.

  • Sandifer leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice

    Brunswick County suffered a great loss last week. We lost a true champion for Brunswick County.

    County commissioners chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was a tireless leader, who always had the best interest of the county in mind.

    He loved this county, and he said so often.

    With every vote he cast, he ran the risk of making half the county unhappy with him.