Today's Opinions

  • Criticism is unwarranted

    To the editor: Last week, the Beacon published a letter from Walter Weber commending the newly elected Carolina Shores commissioners for their efforts to solve some of our community concerns.

    Mr. Riccitelli and I also are pleased with their hard work on these issues; we campaigned for them last fall and support their efforts to move our community forward.

    Our disappointment was in the lack of options offered to the board.

  • Friends, family celebrate the long life of Harvey Robinson

    In the 1985 hit movie “Cocoon,” a group of elderly Florida residents become rejuvenated and youthful when they start swimming in a pool inhabited by alien pods.

    The men start noticing their wives again. Couples start going out dancing. They start kicking butt in shuffleboard tournaments and enjoying life for the first time in years.

    By the end of the movie, however, the “life force” has gone from the pool, and most of the retirees decide to go with the aliens to their home planet, where they will never grow older, never get sick and never die.

  • Awaiting Wright's return

    To the editor, On Thursday, March 18, WLTT 106.3 FM, The Big Talker in Wilmington, mentioned that longtime morning show host Curtis Wright was let go. He was replaced the next day.

    I placed a call to Paul Knight, general manager of Sea-Comm. Inc. and Eric Jorgensen, owner of Sea-Comm. Inc. to express my displeasure with this decision. Only Jorgensen returned my call with a vague response, insisting it was “a business decision.”

  • Supports healthcare reform

    To the editor: Our Constitution starts, “We the People.” We strive to be “by the people, for the people,” not “by the corporations, for the corporations.”

    You wouldn’t know that looking at big insurance companies, subsidized with tax exemptions and only paying for about a third of the costs. We pay the balance directly and through taxes.

    Record profits reward them with multimillion-dollar bonuses for denying claims to people when they need them most, refusing to cover pre-existing conditions, dramatically raising premiums.

  • Putrid porridge

    To the editor: On March 21, the United States Congress sold our American birthright for a pot of putrid porridge.


  • Plans to get VA facility here

    To the editor: Most of you Brunswickians are well-educated, experienced and full of interests, desires, goals, ambitions and abilities. Here is what we want you to do with all of that.

    First, go to The Brunswick Beacon Web site. Read all of its editorials and articles regarding having a VA hospital in Brunswick County and its veterans series.

  • Thanks from Lions Club

    To the editor: The Shallotte Lions Club recently had a pancake breakfast at Andy’s in Shallotte. We sincerely appreciate everyone who helped and thank all participants.

    The money raised will assist our club in providing eye exams and glasses for those in need in the Shallotte area.

    Lions also assist with the hearing impaired. We help support the Lions cottage at the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw. Currently, we have nine boys in residence. Also, we assist in the operation of Camp Dogwood at Sherrill’s Ford, a summer camp for the seeing impaired.

  • Getting a little crazy about the right to vote

    My parents had done it. My grandma had done it. Most of my teachers had done it. Now my friends were doing it. I wanted to do it, too.

    But I had to wait until I was 18. That was the age at which I could legally vote.

    My mom loved politics, and I think her love of politics probably influenced me a little. Back when she and dad were on opposite sides of the coin, the household could get pretty interesting before a big election. They often said they canceled each other out.