Today's Opinions

  • Do we need another version of 'A Christmas Carol?'

    Too many versions of the classic Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” run through my head whenever the subject is brought up.

    The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, the 1970 English musical version, “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

    I love Christmas. I love musicals. I love English accents. To me, there’s no greater version of this story of redemption, greed and the Christmas spirit than this.

  • Every vote really counts; just take a look at this election

    We’ve said it many times before. Every vote counts.

    If you have had any doubts about that, check out election results from last week’s municipal elections. In many local races, decisions about who will lead Brunswick County towns was decided by a small number of voters.

    In Calabash, with unofficial results available, about 40 votes separated the lead person elected to the board of commissioners and two incumbents who weren’t able to retain their seats.

  • Happy two new members elected

    To the editor: I think I speak for the entire Village at Calabash POA Board of Directors and our community when I say how happy we are Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough were elected (by a landslide, I might add) and the referendum was passed. We will revert back to our mayor/council form of government.

    It just goes to show how many people were unhappy with incumbent Gere Dale and his latest antics during his last term.

  • We need a VA facility here

    To the editor: I cannot think of any one event more outrageous than the fact there are no VA medical facilities in Brunswick County.

    We are always caught up with the fact people who immigrate here legally or illegally have the proper medical services and at the same time neglect the military veterans.

  • Property owners sold down river

    To the editor: My insurance policy for 2010 is part of the North Carolina Homeowner’s Windstorm and Hail Policy Program. I noticed the policy premium increase of 21 percent and the coverage for personal property (contents of the house) has been reduced unilaterally by the issuer to a maximum of 40 percent—in my case, a reduction in coverage of $82,000.

  • Congratulations to elected officials

    To the editor: Congratulations to Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough for the resounding victory as our two new Carolina Shores town commissioners.

  • Outraged by Hell House scene

    To the editor: I was outraged by the Hell House article and photograph erroneously depicting an abortion procedure in The Beacon. It was disgusting and uncalled for.

    North Carolina has the ninth highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the country, and 30 percent are repeat pregnancies. Most of these teenagers rely on public assistance to raise these children in federally funded programs. This is the “real scenario.”

  • Robbery without a gun

    To the editor: I have had auto liability insurance for more than 50 years. I have not had an accident that cost them one penny.

    Around 1960, they added uninsured motorists protection to my policy. In 1964, I asked how I could collect from uninsured insurance. They said I couldn’t. I have collision insurance so I will have to collect from it.

    About 25 years ago, they put underinsured on my policy. I asked how I could collect from it. Again, they said I couldn’t.

    Now I was paying for uninsured and underinsured and had no way to collect.