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Today's Opinions

  • Vote Dems out of office

    To the editor: For the last 30 years or so, our American family has grown by 50 million, plus or minus, yet we have managed to house, feed and clothe them without being allowed to build new nuclear power plants, refineries or drill for more oil or gas when we sit on some of the largest proven reserves in the world.

    This is outstanding because it shows we are becoming energy efficient in spite of our growth. Other neighboring families on our planet are now buying up energy and making energy cost more for our family.

  • Years of work culminate in fire department celebration

    Last week’s celebration honoring Shallotte firefighters and the open house that followed, giving the public a chance to tour the new fire station, were the culmination of many years of hard work.

    More than once during the event, the Shallotte Fire Department was called the best in the county, a far cry from what it was just 10 years ago when most people would have said it was one of the worst.

  • Increased cost of living making it hard on many

    According to the Consumer Price Index, in the last year, the cost of living has increased more than 4 percent. A leading factor in that increase has been the cost of gas. We’re seeing the rising cost of fuel affecting most areas of our lives—from travel and energy to food prices.

  • On the whole, it's a real problem

    First of all, I don’t care what you say, at the end of the day, prefacing your sentences with meaningless phrases is annoying. (See?)

    If you need time to work on how you’re going to word your statement correctly, just work it out in your head before opening your mouth, then go directly to your statement.

  • You're finally here; welcome to the 'real world' 2008 graduates

    Twelve or more years of hard work and hassle came to a dramatic, yet simple conclusion last week as hundreds of Brunswick County graduates picked up their tassels and moved them from one side of their mortarboards to the other.

    In that gesture, often accentuated by the ceremonial tossing of the mortarboard into the air, students made the transition from being kids to almost, but not quite, grown up. After pomp and circumstance, they now find themselves lingering on the outskirts of the “real world.”

  • Now that it's (almost) summer, stop and smell the sunflowers

    The heat may be blazing and corn and gas prices rising higher than giraffes’ eyes.

    What better time than summer, then, which officially clocks in at 7:59 p.m. EDT this Friday, June 20, than to stop and be thankful it’s finally here.

    Never mind the heat or the humidity.

    It’s el solsticio de verano, which only comes but once a year. I just hope it doesn’t bring any el ninos, la ninas or el hurrican-os along with it.

  • Canopy rule not a sensible solution

    To the editor: Recently at Ocean Isle Beach, I was about to get my almost-brand-new canopy out of the car and set it up on the beach, as I do each year in front of our rental cottage, but I was waylaid by the lure of the morning paper.

    Horror of horrors, I read the letters to the editor of the Beacon and discovered I was about to become a local lawbreaker—maybe even a felon—for putting up a canopy.

    There were no signs in front of my cottage warning me about this, and no, the Realtor who rented me the cottage had not warned me to arrive canopy-less.

  • Disagrees with allegations

    To the editor: A recent letter to the editor made blatantly false assumptions about my beliefs and voting record.

    My record in Congress has been very clear in these items about which the false statements where made. Here are the facts about the items the writer mentioned:

    (1) I have consistently voted pro-life, and I have never voted for abortion on demand or for late-term abortion. National Right to Life has consistently recognized my pro-life voting record.