Today's Opinions

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    There is a lot going on in Brunswick County, and each week we do our best to bring you as much of it as fairly and accurately as we can.

    Many of you know that although our dateline is always for Thursday—which is the day the newspaper is delivered to homes through our subscription service—you can pick up a copy of the Beacon on Wednesdays.

  • Nudists don't worry about what to wear--just mosquitoes

    “I have to go up to the nudist camp,” I quipped last Saturday. “At least I don’t have to dress up.”

    Unlike Brunswick County’s record-setting skinny-dippers I interviewed, I didn’t exactly wear nothin’, either—or my birthday suit. It wasn’t my birthday.

    I was among paparazzi who showed up, fully clothed, at Whispering Pines Nudist Resort to cover a portion of the first cross-country Guinness World Records nudie dunk.

  • The hypocrisy of it all

    To the editor: I read with interest the recent letter from a disappointed reader of Sarah Shew Wilson’s column concerning South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s “hiking along the Appalachian Trail.”

    The reader felt Sanford’s peccadilloes were just a “tempest in a teapot” compared to former President Clinton’s misbehavior while in office.

  • Chaos demands leadership

    To the editor: Ms. Curran’s column had me thinking because she touched on issues that has every conservative praying for brakes and a strong right foot.

    Many have defended Gov. Palin from the attacks of the left regarding her appearance, clothes, children, etc. (Let’s not forget media jokes about sexual molestation of Palin’s young daughter and published jokes about retardation and Palin’s Down’s Syndrome son.) Finding a liberal to debate her policies is akin to finding Bill Clinton with a woman of virtue—almost impossible!

  • Universal healthcare?

    To the editor: Healthcare for your children; children’s children; grandchildren’s children? Lately, whenever Federally Funded Universal Healthcare comes up in conversation the majority of those I encounter who are vehemently opposed to the notion are on Medicare.

    I just find that ironic.

  • Power to stop animal cruelty

    To the editor: I recently read about an unspeakable tragedy that was just narrowly averted because of the courageous action of just one person. Starving horses were wasting away in a field while their owners consistently failed to provide food, water or basic veterinary care.

    The horses ate bark off of trees in a desperate attempt to stave off their hunger but it wasn’t enough—they were slowly dying.

  • Congratulations to All-Stars

    To the editor: Congratulations to the Shallotte Dixie Youth Baseball 10 and under All-Stars team for their outstanding performance and second-place finish in the District 5 Championship Tournament which began Friday night, July 3, and ended in a heart-wrenching 15-13 game against Leland on Wednesday night, July 8.

    Thank you, boys, for an awesome all-star season and for playing to the best of your ability. Your talent and effort is to be commended. Truly all of you are all-stars through and through.

  • How did Jackson become an icon?

    To the editor: After dodging the relentless headlines offering tribute to Michael Jackson, no small task, I am beginning to get a glimpse of what I believe is why our country is where it is today. Too much of the public has taken a controversial entertainer with a flair for poor behavior, bad personal choices, no usable values and ethics and turned him into an icon of our times.