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Today's Opinions

  • Holden Beach man wrangles up small alligator, sets it free in safer waters

    It was the crowd that first got his attention. More than 100 people gathered around the edge of the shore at Holden Beach on the busy Fourth of July weekend staring into the water.

    When Holden Beach resident Johnny Booth approached the crowd last Friday, his eyes peered toward the water to see what the fuss was about. He wondered at first if someone might have drowned or been in trouble in the water.

    Eventually, his eyes landed on a small alligator about 30 feet offshore, and a good mile away from the pier.

  • Somewhere in New York, Katie Couric is probably laughing

    On Friday, news broke that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to step down as Alaska’s chief executive at the end of the month, fueling speculation Palin has her sights set on a higher political office—this one south of the Canadian border.

    Palin’s Wasilla, Alaska, backyard press conference was a far cry from her attention-grabbing speech at the Republican National Convention less than one year ago. But like her scene-stealing speech last September in Minneapolis, the small-town folksy Alaskan sure knows how to get people talking.

  • Stolen toolbox

    To the editor: To the person that stole my toolbox from my truck in Pine Lake Village, I hope one day your way of supporting your family is taken as quickly as you saw fit to take mine. You are truly a blight on humanity, and your day will come.

    Thanks to the sheriff’s office for quickly answering my call. I hope they catch the person(s) responsible for this act of greed.

  • School uniforms for select schools only

    To the editor: As the new school year approaches, many parents and students become anxious while the eager anticipation of meeting new teachers, friends and beginning a new grade level arises.

    However, for students and parents of three Brunswick County elementary schools, that anxiety may easily be replaced with frustration.

    From the first signs of construction, my child has insisted on learning about the progress of her new school, Town Creek Elementary. But if changes are not made, I will make the commute for her to attend Bolivia Elementary.

  • Disappointed in column

    To the editor: I was disappointed but not surprised to read Sarah Shew Wilson’s column, “Just hiking along the Appalachian Trail...if you know what I mean.” (July 2)

    Sarah, I don’t know where you were when President Clinton was pulling these antics with not one, but multiple women—for years. The media consensus then was that these extra-curriculars really hurt no one; these shady activities were essentially irrelevant to his primary job.

  • Maybe reality stars are smarter than we think

    Those of us who grew up watching singers, dancers and comedians who gave their all to entertain us on stage, television and in movies tend to complain about the lack of bona fide stars in today’s culture.

    Most of us, even though we all have a guilty pleasure or two, complain about the unfortunate rise of “reality” show celebrities who don’t seem to have much talent other than fighting with one another. It’s like watching high school with 25-year-olds or 40-year-olds, depending on which channel you prefer.

  • Trash can talk strikes nerves

    To the editor: Having attended the budget workshop meeting where the issue was raised, it was interesting to see the Beacon’s coverage of Sunset Beach’s trash cart rollback problem has struck a nerve.

    Island residents are rightfully tired of seeing a sea of empty trash carts lining the streets for days on end. To solve the problem, a town councilman thinks the town should hire someone to roll back the carts, thereby providing rental owners and their tenants with a personal valet at taxpayer expense.

  • Bill will change way of life

    To the editor: The U.S. House passing of the Cap and Trade Bill, which will change our basic way of life, should sound the alarm bells with anyone who truly loves freedom and our country.

    The bill was formulated on the premises of man-made global warming/climate change.

    This is the equivalent of charging me with murder by saying I know you are guilty; you may be guilty; I wish you were guilty; and then taking me out to hang.

    As President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”