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Today's Opinions

  • 2010: The year of the voter and the year their voices were heard

    This past year was a year of a great many things.

    We had some great stories in 2010. We had big news.

    In next week’s Beacon, we take a look at the stories that shaped 2010, and how each one of those stories will undoubtedly shape and affect the future. So, don’t forget to pick up the Dec. 30 issue of the Beacon, where you’ll find those stories.

  • Know the truth

    To the editor:

    In December 2009, Rich Cerrato, author of the Tax Payers Digest, filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections alleging that Gary Parker, Sunset Beach town administrator, councilmen Len Steiner and Lou De Vita and Mayor Ronald Klein violated North Carolina campaign statutes during the 2009 election campaign.

    The State Board of Elections, after an extensive investigation, has found “no evidence of campaign finance law violations.” 

  • Thanks for help with toy run

    To the editor:

    The 2010 Brunswick Toy Poker Run was canceled due to rain this past Saturday but we still had more than enough chaperones for the 80 children we shopped with. 

    I was concerned how a handful of helpers were going to shop with that many kids but 20 minutes before the children arrived a steady stream of familiar faces from motorcyclists and classic car folks came pouring in to help us.  

    I was touched by their commitment to help despite the weather. God Bless you all! My heartfelt thanks goes to you.

  • Thanks to The Brunswick Beacon

    To the editor:

    I again what to give a heartfelt thanks to The Brunswick Beacon for supporting Smart Start of Brunswick County, as well as other nonprofit organizations throughout our county. 

    Over the past several weeks, I have inundated The Brunswick Beacon with photographs and information regarding recent Smart Start activities. Each and every submission has been published for the community to read. 

    Thanks greatly for helping us share our successes.

    Helen Gabriel

  • Will there be a second Christmas?

    To the editor:

    Will there be a second Christmas? 

  • Veterans’ clinic will be better than outsourced care

    Although they’re not exactly where we think they should be, Department of Veterans Affairs officials seem to be more on track regarding needs of Brunswick County’s veterans.

    Last week, VA officials announced they were going to scrap the idea of outsourcing veterans’ medical treatment at an area doctor’s office and instead were looking to move forward with a veterans’ clinic here.

  • The helpless feeling cancer evokes in many of us

    Cancer.

    That word has been filling my ears far too frequently. In the last couple of months, several people I know have had to permanently add that dreaded word to their vocabularies. 

    It’s makes me mad. It makes me sad. It makes me feel helpless.

    This sense of helplessness takes me back to the same emotions I felt several years. Below, I am republishing a column I wrote in 2005 for The Kentucky Standard. It was written when a dear friend—now my husband—learned his father was facing cancer.

  • Winners announced in Brunswick 365 photo contest

    For the past two years, we at The Brunswick Beacon have asked readers to submit photos depicting their unique views of Brunswick County for our annual photo contest. Aptly named Uniquely Brunswick County, submissions showed the area’s beautiful beaches, local landmarks and wildlife.

    This year, we were looking for something different. We wanted to know how our readers see Brunswick County 365 days a year. This year has been interesting. With a rare snowfall and record rainfall, it seemed the photo opportunities in 2010 were endless.