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Today's Opinions

  • Tradeshow offerings herald high-tech alert

    Just when you thought you’d mastered all the technology in your home, along come more inventions to make your situation as hip as a candlestick phone, the TouchTone-less kind that requires “Miss Sarah” to connect your call.

    Ah, but weren’t those the uncomplicated Mayberry days?

    This year’s Consumer Electronics Show, held between gambling stints last month in Las Vegas, served up thin TVs, a digital message board, a sensor bed and a driverless car, which probably requires no-fault insurance.

  • Stumbling through days after the flu bug bites

    For years I have seen those annoying commercials. You know the ones where some poor excuse for a human being is sick, stumbling to the medicine cabinet, desperate for what ails them. The people on these commercials usually have red noses, puffy eyes and bad hair, saying stupid things like, “Even my hair hurts.”

    I used to hate those commercials, but after this week, I empathize with those poor souls.

    Last week, I suffered the same fate as many other Brunswick County residents and was bitten by the flu bug.

  • Can the superdelegates be trusted in this year's election?

    Based on the opinions of several political pundits, it appears the Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will go to the fall convention and will be decided by party insiders called superdelegates.

    This could potentially be a disaster given the differences of race and gender. There has never been a presidential race like the one we have between Obama and Clinton.

  • Meetings should not be 'mayor's shows'

    To the editor: I have attended the regularly scheduled meetings of the recently elected Holden Beach Town Council.

    As you may know, there is a new gang in town with only two holdovers, three new guys and a new mayor. One of the new guys has been absent more times than present, which has never been commented upon during the proceedings. I hope he’s OK.

    I will admit to being a little confused. As I understand it, the town is chartered under the commissioner/manager form of government. The meetings so far seem to be something else.

  • SBTA was not against new bridge

    To the editor: While your editorial gives a nod of thanks to SBTA and other principals for accepting Judge Flanagan’s ruling, it does an injustice to their intent and efforts.

    From beginning to end, SBTA has fought to have a valid and adequate environmental impact assessment that will stand the test of time for the bridge project.

  • Needs help

    To the editor: My daughter and I were involved in a hit-and-run on Friday, Feb 8, at about 8:45 a.m. at Red Bug Road and N.C. 130.

    I was headed toward Shallotte. Upon approaching Red Bug Road, a late ’80s or early ’90s light blue Lincoln Town Car ran the stop sign, hitting me on the front driver’s side. There may be damage to the other driver’s car doors. My car is a black 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. There may be black paint on the other car.

  • Hartnett not closed-minded

    To the editor: After reading Stacey Manning’s editorial in the Jan. 24 issue of the Brunswick Beacon, I wonder who has the "closed mind."

    She states in the article: “It’s surely a shame that a local official has such a closed-minded opinion. Mr. Hartnett, as a member of P&Z board, should not openly reject changes or new ideas.”

    I question whether she contacted Mr. Hartnett personally to clarify his quote and opinion on the matter. I talked to him recently and he denies ever having been contacted by Ms. Manning.

  • Was cemetery abandoned?

    To the editor:I see our county commissioners voted not to allow a developer to relocate an abandoned cemetery found behind Belville Elementary School.

    My comments here are not to address the merits of relocating the cemetery.

    My concern is the supposition the cemetery has been abandoned. Abandoned by whom? I understand the occupants are still home, in body at least.

    If the cemetery had been abandoned, I would expect the developers would have found no residents at home.