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Today's Opinions

  • Remembering a good neighbor

    To the editor: I have been a fortunate man, and have lived a long, full life. I gladly embrace the teaching of the Christian religion and since I am late in a long life, I await my fate. But one of the greatest fortunes that befell me, besides the love of my wonderful wife, is the greatest joy of knowing Stan Salvatore.

    Stan died on April 17 while recovering from a serious attack of emphysema. He had been suffering from that dreaded health problem for some time. He was probably the greatest friend I ever had in my life.

  • Responds to meeting violation allegation

    To the editor: Suggested reading: “Open Meetings and Local Governments in N.C.” by David Lawrence and “Rules for Small Local Government Boards” by Fleming Bell (both professors at the School of Government, Chapel Hill).

    An official meeting is when a public body meets to deliberate, or act on town business. A quorum is the majority of the board plus the mayor or four commissioners. When three members of the board meet in private to deliberate, or act on town business, that is a violation of the open meeting law.

  • Responds to claims

    To the editor: Brunswick Beacon are you completely ignorant of North Carolina Open Meetings Law, or are you just so brazen you don’t care if you print the truth or not?

    When you blatantly accuse anyone of a violation, I would have hoped you have your facts straight. Clearly not a concern to the Beacon but should be to your readers.

    Once again you show your ignorance in stating that three commissioners in Calabash constitute a quorum. This is not the case either.

  • Thanks for help with home

    To the editor: On Tuesday, April 28, around 10:45 p.m. a drunk driver smashed the car he was driving into my home, causing some significant structural damage.

    My wife and I were uninjured and would like to extend our thanks to the following first responders who came to our aid: The N.C. Highway Patrol, The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach police and fire departments and local EMS services.

    We would also like to thank others who have helped us begin our repairs.

  • President’s final stretch to 100th day punctuated by tasteless photo op

    A marriage of poor taste and pure stupidity unfolded over Lower Manhattan on Monday when Air Force One buzzed Ground Zero.

    As it flew low over Manhattan, Air Force One—sans Mr. President, so I guess it was just a really expensive Boeing 747—was tailed by two fighter jets.

    People panicked, evacuated buildings and frantically called 911 in a state of what I can only imagine was sheer terror—evoking the frightening and permanent memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Learning from the citizens' academy

    To the editor: What would cause a person to respond to a call for help at 5 p.m. and be four hours late for dinner or leave his home at 2 a.m. to respond to a serious accident or crime?

    Since attending the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, I think I have the answer.

    I am so amazed at the honest concern, teamwork and devotion the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has to protect us. We were instructed on everything from history, to patrol and detective divisions, to courthouse procedures to narcotics.

  • Say thank you to teachers for educating your children

    As I peek around the corner of his bedroom, I see my son, Levi, sleeping soundly. He’s stretched out in this crib, with his arm around his stuffed dog.

    I dread the battle ahead of me. I know Levi will cry and scream as I wake him from his peaceful sleep and get him dressed for day care. But it’s what I have to do. The fit will only last a short time. As soon as we are out the door, he will be happy again. That’s because he knows he’s going to day care.

  • Questioning my views, biases? Here they are

    Numerous pundits on the Internet, the letters to the editor pages and the 24-hour-cable networks like to question reporters’ biases, ask where we get our facts and basically, accuse us of being shills or liars.

    Some of us need it. Sometimes, reporters don’t report. Some repeat talking points or ignore important issues in favor of personalities and scandals.