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Today's Opinions

  • Socialized society?

    To the editor: I would like to thank Mr. Norvell B. DeAtkine for writing and The Brunswick Beacon editor for publishing the amazingly factual and informative letter in the Jan. 1 edition of the Beacon regarding our society being socialized.

     

  • Why did increase get approved?

    To the editor: I have noticed that Mr. Stocker, who lives in Gastonia, has a lot of time to write about problems down at the coast. Evidently he does not have time to properly assess a situation before he writes his letters.

    Who should pay for the billions of dollars in damages tornadoes create that could happen, even in Gastonia? It seems we all pay for them, as this is the way insurance should work.

  • Family asks for support

    To the editor: June Simpson is fighting for her life. This devoted wife, mother and grandmother began experiencing severe asthma attacks 15 years ago. She was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis in 2006. June’s health has steadily declined since her diagnosis. Doctors say her only hope for a second chance at life is a double-lung transplant.

  • Improving health services important to growing community

    As Brunswick County continues to grow and its population continues to increase, so does its need for more quality, affordable health services.

    Many residents are anxiously awaiting the completion of Brunswick County’s newest hospital—the facility that will replace the current Brunswick Community Hospital. Slated to be completed in 2010, the new hospital will encompass 252,604 square feet, with an additional 75,000 square feet of future medical office space. The $107 million hospital will have 74 acute-care beds, four observation beds and five operating rooms.

  • Upset about unfair increases

    To the editor: This letter is to inform people what is happening to homeowners on Ocean Isle Beach.

    I purchased a home in 2001 on Ocean Isle Beach that is 1,500 square feet. The estimated cost to replace my home is $150,000.

    My taxes are now $2,392 per year. The insurance on my home is $6,908 per year. This is $775 per month for taxes and insurance on this $150,000 home. I will pay more $150,000 in insurance in 21 years, more than enough to completely replace my home.

    Something is not right here!

  • Warm-weather spoiled Coastal Carolinian feels the real depth of the deep freeze

    Growing up in central Kentucky, I’m used to winter’s cold temperatures, snow, wind, rain and ice. Although it’s nothing compared to many northern states, Kentucky has plenty of below-freezing days during winter months.

  • Positive thinking may lead to a revitalized economy

    This is the beginning of a new year. It is time to release the past and look toward the future. It is important not to allow past failures and disappointments to hinder future success. Rather than reflect on what has gone wrong with our economy in the past, we need to reflect on what can go right with our economy in the future.

    The Apostle Paul says in the fourth chapter of Philippians, “think on those things that are true, honest and just.”

  • Overboard incidents/loss of life on cruises

    To the editor: An open letter to cruise lines: In our fast-forward, intelligent society, I see a need for brainstorming when it comes to room balconies and outer deck railings on cruise ships.