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Today's Opinions

  • White Christmastime is worth a write-up

    FROM THE SNOWY SIDE OF INTERSTATE 40—One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2011 is to keep a better diary—or weather log, whichever comes first.
    Since conditions this week decided to take a turn of white—one for the season and record books—I decided to start early and do both, smack at the tail end of 2010.

  • Parking changes needed at Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    The Dec. 9 Beacon article, “Future parking draws more comments in Sunset Beach,” contained individual quotes of people who have been on the island as long as we have and should have recognized the parking problem many years ago. 

    It has nothing to do with the new bridge. It has everything to do with the number of housing units built on the mainland and the sales pitch for access to the wonderful island beach.

  • Area churches are blessings

    To the editor:

    We have owned a home in Sunset Beach for about 15 years and have been fortunate enough to attend two churches in the area. 

    Recently, we went to watch family members in their Christmas program at Camp United Methodist in Shallotte. It was absolutely one of the best we have ever heard and seen, including our home church. 

    We would just like to say thank you to all the choir and other members for the wonderful service they provided. It certainly was a blessing to our family.

  • Wants to know more about interlock device

    To the editor:

    Recently, my partner had to have a Breath Analyzer Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in his vehicle due to a DWI. 

    While I in no way condone his actions, I have several concerns about these devices.

  • Thanks for help at fire scene

    To the editor:

    Tuesday night, Nov. 30, I received a call anyone would hate to get. “Your business is on fire!” I grabbed my keys and raced to Capt. John’s as fast as I could. It took me about 10 minutes to get there. 

    When I arrived, there were at least a half-dozen fire trucks and emergency service vehicles on the scene. I would estimate there were about 40 firefighters swarming the building like bees from a hive. Amid all the chaos, they worked like a well-oiled machine. 

  • Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.

  • 2010: The year of the voter and the year their voices were heard

    This past year was a year of a great many things.

    We had some great stories in 2010. We had big news.

    In next week’s Beacon, we take a look at the stories that shaped 2010, and how each one of those stories will undoubtedly shape and affect the future. So, don’t forget to pick up the Dec. 30 issue of the Beacon, where you’ll find those stories.

  • Know the truth

    To the editor:

    In December 2009, Rich Cerrato, author of the Tax Payers Digest, filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections alleging that Gary Parker, Sunset Beach town administrator, councilmen Len Steiner and Lou De Vita and Mayor Ronald Klein violated North Carolina campaign statutes during the 2009 election campaign.

    The State Board of Elections, after an extensive investigation, has found “no evidence of campaign finance law violations.”