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Today's Opinions

  • With sweepstakes joints, it's deja vu all over again

    It wasn’t that long ago North Carolinians with a penchant for losing money could venture south of the border into my fair town—Little River, S.C.—to play video poker.

    I even visited the joints a few times, only because I was working on a story for the local newspaper.

    Another time, while I was having my car worked on at a service station on U.S. 17, I wandered into an adjacent business called The Donut Hole in search of, well, doughnuts.

  • Parents deserve a say in children’s education

    In a country founded on principles of freedom—including the freedom to choose—it makes sense that Brunswick County Schools administration has offered parents a choice regarding student viewing of the president’s recent educational message.

    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered a message to the nation. The message was directed toward school children and many schools across the country allowed students to view it as it aired lived.

  • Having an event in October or November? Let us know about it

    Fall is a time of milder temperatures, brightly colored leaves and crisp, cool nights. It’s also a time when many churches, school and civic groups plan area festivals and events.

    In celebration of these family-friendly events, this year The Brunswick Beacon is launching its first fall festival special section “Fall Into Festivals.”

  • Troubled with board's decision

    To the editor: I am troubled our school board and Superintendent Katie McGee have chosen to “protect” local schoolchildren from the president’s remarks on the importance of education.

    As the mother of four children educated in Brunswick County schools, I have tolerated comments my children heard from teachers with whom I have disagreed. Sometimes the comments involved religion, sometimes politics, sometimes they showed intolerance.

  • The Internet turns 40: Proudly celebrates by featuring itself

    So it turns out the Internet is a vain as people who Google their names—present company included. The Internet celebrated its 40th birthday this week by featuring itself all over, well, itself.

    It’s impossible to overlook the impact the Internet has had on most, if not all, of our daily lives, so I wanted to find more information about its birth and its life story. Hey, that’s what it’s for, right?

    Like many other modern conveniences, I’d never before wondered who created the Internet—how, when or why. I just enjoyed it.

  • Vote incumbents out

    To the editor: An election is set in November that will have an impact on the residents of Carolina Shores. I am asking the electorate to remember the attitude and arrogance of the current board of commissioners and defeat those incumbents running for re-election.

    Do not forget the activities of the past few months that at least got attention. I am sure that before the election actions will be taken to dilute the votes of those to replace those on the board.

  • Supports healthcare reform

    To the editor: I am appalled by the scare tactics being used by the opponents of healthcare reform. I would venture to guess many of those who oppose healthcare reform have health insurance provided by their employers or are fortunate enough to afford private insurance.

    Millions of people in the U.S. aren’t as lucky. I keep hearing opponents insisting that healthcare should be left up to the private sector.

  • Have you been called?

    To the editor: Have you been called? Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door (to your heart), I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev. 3:20.

    Have you heard His voice? Maybe you are too busy?