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Today's Opinions

  • The horse race continues in '08

    To the editor: As each was before it, the “Big Race of ’92” was a race between Money’s Might, Moral Mission and Military Muscle.

    Early in the race, Money’s Might and Moral Mission left Military Muscle running a distant third. The cheers of the fans then pushed Money’s Might on to an easy victory.

    The winning jockey celebrated his victory over Moral Mission with big cigars and busy bottoms, redefining in the process the universal understanding of “illicit sexual relations” among jockeys, horses and fans.

  • A special day to honor a special man

    Longtime Shallotte residents and town officials want to honor one of their own.

    The mayor and board of alderman have proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day” in Shallotte in honor of former alderman and mayor Jerry Jones, who also served as a Brunswick County commissioner for six years.

    In fact, Jones was the board chairman when I arrived at the Beacon.

    More recently, he came back to his “roots” by serving as alderman again until, due to health concerns, he decided not to seek re-election last year.His service will not soon be forgotten.

  • David Sandifer was a Brunswick County treasure

    Since 1996, David Sandifer had been serving the people of Brunswick County as a county commissioner. While it may have been one of his more high profile positions, it was only one of many hats he wore while serving the people of this community.

  • Uncertainties can affect trust in law enforcement officers

    When you’re a victim of a crime, and you feel the investigation into it hasn’t been handled at its best, it can make it difficult to fully trust law enforcement.

    After a college student who had been drinking killed my mother, I had more questions than answers about the investigation.

    Although I had spent years as a journalist building relationships with law enforcement officers, when I was suddenly thrust on the other side of things, distinct lines of trust blurred.

  • Future fisherman begins adventures with outdoorsy family

    Last week I came home from work, and my dad was excited. He wanted to tell me that Levi, my 5-month-old son, picked up a fishing rod for the first time.

    When I was about six months pregnant, my dad went out and bought two little tiny fishing rods, one with a spinning reel and bait casting reel. He was so proud Levi chose the bait cast reel, unlike his mom who prefers the spinning reel.

  • Sandifer leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice

    Brunswick County suffered a great loss last week. We lost a true champion for Brunswick County.

    County commissioners chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was a tireless leader, who always had the best interest of the county in mind.

    He loved this county, and he said so often.

    With every vote he cast, he ran the risk of making half the county unhappy with him.

  • Flights of fancy pondering airlines

    I don’t know why our airlines are in so much trouble.

    But it might have something to do with, “What flies around—in the form of a strict no-refunds policy—flies back around in the form of bad press.”

    I recently learned that lesson the hard way when I had to reschedule two cross-country flights a month earlier than planned.

  • Take time to appreciate the beauty around us

    Every time I see the ocean, its beauty still amazes me.

    Every time I cross one of the high-rise bridges and can see miles and miles of sea and shore, it takes my breath away. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has so much natural beauty.

    Working here makes it even better. Being able to stand on the beach and take pictures of surfers, wildlife or beach visitors and say it’s my job is hard to believe. I feel I am getting the better end of the bargain because it hardly seems like work.