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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help with blood drive

    To the editor: On behalf of the Shallotte Lions Club, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the donors at our recent blood drive at Walgreens in Shallotte. We surpassed our goal and this will definitely assist the blood bank.

    One donor in particular needs mention. Her son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s and had needed blood and she was with us in his memory on his 32nd birthday. What a special tribute to Christopher. Three Walgreens employees donated, too.

    Thanks to all involved.

  • Dale says he’ll document mayor’s ‘sordid story’

    There is a battle ongoing this election season in Carolina Shores.

    Problem is, one of the contenders being pulled into the ring isn’t even up for re-election.

    In recent months, Carolina Shores commissioner Gere Dale has made it clear he has a real problem with the way mayor Stephen Selby does town business.

  • Stagestruck Players to present 'Charlotte's Web'

    One of my first memories of falling in love with a book happened in second grade.

    Each day, our teacher would read to us from E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” and we would all sit on the edge of our seats waiting to learn what happened next. It was like our own kid-friendly serial drama.

    The happenings at Mr. Zuckerman’s farm and the interactions between the Wilbur, Charlotte, Templeton and the gang were enough to keep us interested until the final page.

  • Halloween isn’t here yet, and here I go asking you about Thanksgiving, Christmas

    I know, I know. I was just writing about Halloween and all things ghostly and paranormal, and before the holiday even gets here, I’m changing directions and looking beyond it.

    Yes, folks, it’s time to think about the other holidays—Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Since when does four years make something an artifact?

    Two weeks ago, I was surfing the Internet, looking for deals on Thomas the Train accessories, when my computer screen went black. There was no warning—it just quit.

    I decided to do a little troubleshooting before resorting to calling the tech support line.

    First I jiggled the cord. Nothing happened. Then I unplugged and re-plugged it several times. Nothing happened. Then I dug out the manual and even pretended read a page or two. Still, nothing happened.

  • Whodunit? Let's have tea and crumpets, first

    What is it about English murder mysteries that make them so attractive to American audiences?

    Is it the accents? The lack of actual boring police work that goes into finding who killed Lord Upper Crust during a tea party at a Mr. and Mrs. Scone’s lake house? The fact that Lord Upper Crust probably deserved what he got?

  • Things starting to go bump in spooky season of politics

    It’s that scary time of year again—pre-election dues.

    A cauldron of political stew is stirring like a wicked brew, especially in Brunswick County towns where there’s a challenger or few.

    Beware the ghosts of elections past, political barbs as sharp as witches’ nails, phantom statements being made to the news.

    Watch for creatures drifting in and out of town, digging up graveyard dirt and making the rounds.

    Will it get ugly? It already has. That’s the way the season of politics sometimes comes to pass.

  • Behind the scenes: You lied, your time is up and who bit you?

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon, together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV, launched three of this political season’s Meet the Candidates Forums in Brunswick County.

    The event started out last Monday, Oct. 12, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association’s clubhouse. The next Thursday, Oct. 15, we headed over to the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trial for the Sunset Beach forum, and on Friday, Oct. 16, we were at the Calabash Fire Department for Calabash.