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Today's Opinions

  • Doesn’t agree with story coverage

    To the editor:

    As a business owner and manger I certainly appreciate the media’s role in disseminating news items of national and small town importance. I also appreciate its role in advertising and promoting local businesses.

    However, after reading the article on the front page of the Beacon concerning “a Leap of Faith” written about one of the local real estate agents leaving her long-term affiliate company to embark in her own business disturbed my sense of fairness and loyalty.

  • Doesn’t agree with park

    To the editor:

    (This is in answer to the myth the majority of the residents of Wildwood approve the park and the way it was done.)

    In a community meeting one week prior to the last town meeting, nine residents of Wild Raven Street in Wildwood Village met to discuss the proposed park, location and our requirements.

    To the best of my knowledge, only three people were at the first town meeting at 5 p.m. The town called those three a majority.

  • Celebrate National Ag Day

    To the editor:

    Where does your food come from?

    If you’re like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me.

    The grocery store isn’t where food comes from—it’s just from where it’s distributed. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives...and what it really takes to have food on their dinner table.

    Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of, and had friends or

  • Upset about vandalism

    To the editor:

    To the persons responsible for the Sunday night vandalism at the Sunset Beach gazebo: We hope you enjoyed yourselves.

    They chose to tear down the monument dedicated to Carmel Zetts, which was erected using donations, to thank her for her work with sea turtles. Not only did they tear it down, they also broke it into pieces and stole parts of it.

    They also tore down the doggie bag station that had only been there a couple of weeks.

  • Bill could save lives

    To the editor:

    For too long, non-smoking North Carolinians have been getting

    sick or have lost their lives from other people’s cigarette smoke.

    A bill being considered in the N.C. Legislature would save lives by

    prohibiting smoking inside public buildings and workplaces.

    The smoke-free workplace legislation (HB2) is about public health

    and workplace safety. We have numerous laws designed to protect

    employees and the public, such as health codes to ensure restaurant

  • 'Substandard' bridge is major part of our lives

    The annual list of substandard bridges in North Carolina is out, and AAA Carolinas’ has named the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge—that steel drawbridge that connects Brunswick to New Hanover County—as number 10 on its top-20 list.

    AAA Carolinas’ annual study ranks bridges on structural conditions and gives extra “points” to bridges with high traffic volumes.

    According to the latest traffic counts, the bridge carries about 72,000 cars each day between the two counties.

  • Newspapers’ cutbacks, closings big losses for freedom of speech, information

    Like many other business operations in this economy, the newspaper industry isn’t faring so well.

    Across the country, newspapers—large and small—have had to make significant cuts to staffs, production and products. Pay freezes, furloughs and unfilled vacant positions are steps taken by some to keep doors open and people in their jobs.

  • Good things to say about Citizens Academy

    To the editor

    I recently completed and graduated from the Citizens Academy sponsored by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. This exciting and informative seminar spanned an eight-week period from 6-9:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

    Deputies, detectives, K-9 corps, judges and attorneys served as our instructors, educating our class on numerous duties of the sheriff's office.

    From missing persons, 911 call center, firearms, drugs, actual detective work to excellent speakers, the class proved intriguing. And it is free to our community.