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Today's Opinions

  • Cabana ban claims beach visitors

    To the editor:

    (Note: This letter was sent to the town administrator of Ocean Isle Beach.)

    This is just a quick note to let you know our family will not be returning to your beach (Ocean Isle) for vacation this summer, as we have made arrangements to rent an oceanfront house on Oak Island.

    We have vacationed at Ocean Isle for the past 12 years, as have five other of our friends’ families. We all rented houses for the same week each year and had the best time.

  • The Phantoms of Saint Valentine’s Day

    The shallow definitions of Valentine’s Day given by resources like Wikipedia miss the point. This article will draw you closer to the actual fun and understanding of this special day.

    You may have witnessed a valentine phantom in action and have wondered about the phenomenon. Here is interesting firsthand information:

    Profiling the Phantoms

    The basis for establishing an accurate criminal profile is a meticulous examination and reporting of the crime scene. Through analysis of the known facts, an accurate profile is established and understood.

  • Bring about change

    To the editor: On Nov. 4, 2008, America voted for change and on Jan. 2, America inaugurated its 44th president, believing for that change.

    According to my understanding, we were saying we were going to assist our new president to bring about change. It is incumbent upon each of us to work with our elected officials and assist them by letting them do what we expect of them.

    We will not bring about change by discussing our problems in the grocery stores, checkout counters and parking lots.

  • Cutajar letter on target

    To the editor: As a semi-interested observer of the goings-on at Holden Beach, it seems to me this fellow Louis Cutajar has his finger on the pulse of things.

    Transparency should be the ideal in all government, but here, opaqueness seems to be the rule. If not opaqueness, then translucence is just enough smoke to make you think you’re seeing the truth.

  • Doesn’t support stimulus plan

    To the editor: The past week, Rep. Mike McIntyre broke his campaign promises and voted for the infamous pork-filled $850 billion stimulus bill.

    This bill is a huge rip-off on the American people by wasting billions on unneeded programs and doubling the size of many government programs. He approved spending money we do not have on things we do not need.

    Lets see how Mike voted to spend your money:

    1) $41 billion (5 percent of the total package) goes to major infrastructure projects promised by Obama; a good thing, but then where is the other 95 percent going?

  • Tax cuts are not the answer

    To the editor: So, another 598,000 jobs disappeared in January. The reason? There isn’t enough demand for the goods and services produced by Americans, so employers lay off their workers.

    As the Senate debates a stimulus bill, two views of what should be done are being expressed. One view is to cut taxes and the other is to increase government spending.

  • Doesn’t like hunting picture

    To the editor: After seeing the picture in last week’s Beacon, I just had to write this note.

    People wonder why there is so much violence in the world today. One reason is fathers are teaching their children how to kill innocent animals.

    When I saw that picture of the killing of beautiful, defenseless swans, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s just like the killing of a deer. The so-called man—I call him a wimp—stands in a tree-stand with corn on the ground and then shoots the deer when he eats. That again is murder, not hunting.

  • Why not save money?

    To the editor: During a conversation with the Brunswick County tax office, I asked what is the reason delinquent taxes are listed in the local papers. The answer: to reach taxpayers who have not received their tax notices by mail (bad addresses, lost in the mail, etc.) and hope neighbors or family will contact them.

    Question: And the advertising fee being added to their bill? Answer: It is only $1.

    Question: Who made the decision to assess this fee? Answer: It’s been done for years.