Today's Opinions

  • Bridge/ferry comparison drives left of center

    To the editor:
    The letter last week from one Mr. Piner who says he is from Oriental was interesting, if one cares nothing about facts. I congratulate him on getting one thing right: the spelling of my name.
    His comparison of ferries and bridges misses the point. Ferries and bridges both have construction and maintenance costs. Ferries have fuel and personnel costs that bridges and roads don’t have.

  • There’s nothing like beating a dead horse to celebrate Sunshine Week, First Amendment

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    No finer words have since been written, and I doubt they ever will.

    There’s a reason our founding fathers made this particular amendment the First Amendment.

    It is for what American men and women have fought and died for more than 230 years.

  • School board did right by not changing calendar

    Brunswick County School Board members did the right thing Tuesday night when they voted to approve the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.
    There were three draft calendars before the board for consideration. Two of those got a nod Tuesday night.
    Both of the approved drafts are viable under current state legislation. One has 185 days of student instruction included. The other, which needs a waiver from the state’s department of public instruction, has 180 student instruction days.
    Both would have students going back to school on Aug. 27.

  • Community supports Wounded Warriors

    To the editor:
    On Saturday, Feb. 25, Calabash Elks had its Richard McLean/James Rochel Golf Tournament at The Pearl golf course.
    I had an anonymous donor give four rounds of golf for the event to be used by Marine Wounded Warriors. Austin Sammon, chairman of our veterans’ affairs, was in touch with Camp Lejeune and its wounded warriors program.
    In looking for accommodations for the Marines and their families, I was hoping to get a one-night stay. At the Ocean Isle Inn, I met Lee Shapiro, whose donated a two-night stay with breakfast.

  • Iler doesn’t believe in ferries

    To the editor:
    Rep. Frank Iler (Brunswick County) has been vocal about residents of Pamlico and Beaufort counties paying a toll to ride their commuter ferries. In a recent News and Observer article, he said, “It’s an effort to have them cover more of the cost.”
    After Gov. Perdue stopped the ferry tolls, Rep. Iler said, “I’m disappointed she chooses to pander to folks in that way. Someone who has a job and wants to cross the river and buy a pass would be paying less than $1.50 a day. I think it’s extremely reasonable.”

  • Thank those who keep us safe

    To the editor:
    This past week, a hardened criminal engaged members of our law enforcement in a high-profile chase on U.S. 17 near Shallotte. The stop was “textbook” and there were no injuries, other than property damage.
    We should remind ourselves our police officers, deputies and highway patrol officers deal with life-threatening matters such as these every hour of the day and night. The same is true for our firefighters and first responders.

  • Thanks for help with card party

    To the editor:
    The Women of the Moose, Shallotte Chapter 132, would like to thank The Brunswick Beacon for its support in the paper for our recent card party. We would also like to thank the merchants in Shallotte for their generous donations of gifts and gift certificates. Thank you all again.
    Eileen Childers

  • Measure is a knock against civil rights

    To the editor:
    The recent resolution adopted by the Brunswick County Commissioners in support of Marriage Amendment One is simply an embarrassment to human rights and equality.
    Whether or not you agree that marriage should be between a man and a woman is an individual’s opinion. Ultimately, the people who choose to marry someone of the same sex will go before God once they die and will have to answer for the choices they made.