Today's Opinions

  • Thanks to Airport Commission

    To the editor:

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) would like to thank the Brunswick County Airport Commission for partnering with us for the second annual Big Toy Day on May 22.

    We couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout from the community. Local businesses and municipalities turned out with their “toys” and let the kids climb all over them.

  • Their popular characters will live on in our hearts

    Children of the ’80s experienced a reality check the past few weeks as we experienced the passing of two childhood icons from our favorite TV shows.

    Gary Coleman, diminutive star of “Diff’rent Strokes” and, unfortunately, washed-up-child-star punchline for most of his life, died of a brain hemorrhage at age 42 after a lifelong battle with kidney disease May 28 in Provo, Utah.

  • Voters deserve more than last-minute political maneuvering

    What exactly is it state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. believes he is doing?

    Surely, he can’t believe most of his constituents think he is acting in the community’s best interest with the latest bills he has introduced in the General Assembly’s “short session.”

    Remember, this is a time when he and fellow legislators are supposed to be considering only “non-controversial” bills.

  • Schools need community support

    To the editor: I’d like to express how grateful Communities in Schools is for the community support reflected through Big Toy Day May 22.

    The smiling faces of the many children and parents were beautiful. Your support for our fundraisers is greatly appreciated. We could not continue to provide services for children and families if not for your generosity.

  • Doesn’t like cited source

    To the editor: The next time the Beacon unabashedly portrays the Civitas poll (May 27 edition) as a reliable, non-partisan source, your reporters could enhance their journalistic credibility by giving readers some background on Civitas.

    The “poll” is a once-removed creation of the John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative “Foundation: On the Right,” although many might say the extreme far- right, including the “Tea Bagger” genus.

  • Voter is frustrated with choices

    To the editor: The 7th Congressional District election is an interesting matchup. It’s one of the few races in the country where we have two Republicans running for the same congressional seat.

    On one hand, we have Mike McIntyre, a registered Democrat, who consistently votes with Republicans on every piece of meaningful legislation.

    On the other hand, we have Ilario Pantano, who just espouses the usual Republican talking points.

  • Checking out high-flying reading

    I was so looking forward to my recent economy-flight trip to Tennessee, when I could finally buckle into one of the cheap seats and delve into a little light reading.

    I’d packed light, too, with a new copy of “Oprah,” the afternoon TV talk-show billionaire queen who needs no last name or unauthorized biography by Kitty Kelley to live her best life.

    For weeks I’d tried reading Kelley’s latest gossip-tome at home before taking off, but my own less-than-perfect life kept getting in the way.

  • It’s politics as usual

    To the editor: The political maneuvering by soon-to-be former D.A. Rex Gore and soon-to-be former Sen. R.C. Soles is too disgusting for words suitable to print. The high-handed and blatant disregard for the wellbeing of the people of this district is appalling.

    Thousands of people across this state have lost all their retirement; thousands more work at minimum-wage jobs; thousands more live month-to-month on decreasing Social Security checks; and thousands more are unemployed.