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Today's Opinions

  • Stay calm and be prepared with a plan during hurricane season

    Hurricane season is under way.

    And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a storm brewing in the Atlantic—they call her Danielle—and she is a full-fledged tropical storm.

    The good news is they think she is staying clear of our coast.

    Locals are probably thinking, “No big deal.” But to me, a southern transplant who’s still relatively new to the whole hurricane concept, the H-word still makes me cringe just a tiny bit.

  • Summertime—and reunions bloom easy

    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone is planning a reunion.

    Locally, both classes of ’55 (as in 1955) from the old Union and Shallotte high schools recently reunited at Jerome’s Steak & Seafood in Shallotte for their respective 55th reunions.

    That’s noteworthy.

    I was cordially invited to both, but cordially declined because I’m not 55 yet.

    Besides, I had my own upcoming, better-late-than-never reunion to worry about and, honestly, how many of these can a body take every five to 10 years?

  • Pantano an honest candidate

    To the editor: Barbara Stanley neglected to mention that charges against Pantano were dropped after autopsies confirmed the Iraqi insurgents were shot in self-defense. This was a war.

    Perhaps the prisoners Breazeale took submitted to him. Brazeale and Stanley didn’t stare into the eyes of insurgents who ignored Pantano’s warnings and (armed or not) wanted him dead. War is ugly as we all know, but sometimes necessary.

  • Focus on Health

    To the editor: Brunswick Community Hospital offers a program called Focus on Health on the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. meeting room with a doctor or other medical personnel.

    This program is excellent. It is usually advertised on the front page of the Beacon the week before with the person who is speaking and what
    they are speaking about.

  • Wilson serving admirably

    To the editor: I am writing to say that Cheryl Cheers Wilson is and has been serving effectively, admirably and energetically as our Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court since she was elected in 2006. If you’ve dealt with her office, you may have had a no-stress experience as I did after my husband passed away, and then again after a friend passed away. She guides a well-run and courteous ship.

  • McIntyre attacking own party

    To the editor: Democrat Mike McIntyre is a disgrace to his party. He is attacking his own party leaders in political ads. He claims to be a Blue Dog Democrat, which supports the Republican agenda.

    Mike, your color is not blue but yellow. You voted against the healthcare bill, and you voted against some of the stimulus programs to help the country out of the financial collapse the Republican Party put us in.

  • What’s real?

    What’s real?

    To the editor:

    Let’s take a break, forget the difference between real and fake, oceans feed

    rivers that turn into lakes, the sun warms the earth to give rain a purpose,

    to moisturize the surface it talks softly to the seed so that the seed is not

    afraid to be the flower that feeds the bee, know that all life comes from the

    sea all life must breathe. We are only what we hate, this path chooses our

    fate, the difference between a full and empty plate, is whether you have the

  • Thanks for supporting taxpayers' interest

    To the editor: Just got home from the hospital and want to thank you for supporting the taxpayers. I have a new heart and you made it feel better…for attempting to help the many struggling families in our town who will be burdened by the sewer cost, the  “free” second fire station and now the council’s broken promise led by councilman Lou DeVita to buy the park without grant funding, including the land and construction cost.

    The park could cost taxpayers nearly $4.5 million dollars (excluding maintenance).