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Today's Opinions

  • There’s nothing like unexpected good news to start off the New Year

    I was feeling particularly agitated last week after reading false and libelous claims a local public official wrote about me in a publication across the river when I got a good dose of what I like to call perspective.

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, pulls at my heartstrings more than a soldier reunited with his or her family. When I logged onto my Beacon Facebook account Friday afternoon, I noticed that a Brunswick County native, Private First Class Aaron Farmer, returned home safely from Afghanistan, and had recently been reunited with his wife and their young daughter.

  • Joan Smith

    Joan Diane Smith, 82, of Carolina Shores, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington.
    She was born on Nov. 7, 1929, in Queens, N.Y., a daughter of the late Andrew and Imogene Grimmig.

  • New mayor, board get off on the wrong foot

    It doesn’t matter what side of the dais you’re on, one thing remains true—enough Sunset Beach voters supported Rich Cerrato to secure him a seat as the town mayor.
    And clearly, it’s going to be an interesting term.

  • Try a little respect

    To the editor:
    I am responding to Pam Silberman’s letter in last week’s Beacon.
    Ms. Silberman and Mr. Cerrato are not currently in my circle of friends. While I don’t agree with all of our elected officials nationally or locally, I do believe they deserve our respect until they do something to lose it.
    Mr. Cerrato has earned a honeymoon period. Respectful dissent is the backbone of this country. Inflammatory rhetoric is disrespectful and counter-productive to the best interests of Sunset Beach.
    Joseph Stolfi
    Sunset Beach

  • Remove Social Security cap

    To the editor:
    Why can’t we solve the issue with Social Security by removing the artificial annual contribution cap of $106,800?
    I am not saying raise the percentage, but someone like A-Rod making $25 million pays the same Social Security as someone making $106,800 annually, yet he pays his Medicare percentage up to his $25 million salary.
    Think about all the extra money we would have in Social Security without this cap.

  • Thanks from Rourk librarian

    To the editor:
    To my Rourk Branch Library family:
    Thank you so much for my surprise retirement party, hugs, cards and the many gifts that you have given me. I will miss all of you. Thank you for caring.
    Carol M. Jordan
    Rourk library

  • Thanks for tournament support

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank everyone who came out for the “Ellen Fights Like a Girl” golf tournament at the Thistle Golf Club.
    It was an overwhelming show of support that I’m sure had Ellen smiling from ear to ear.
    She passed on at the young age of 35 from breast cancer, but never gave up on herself or any of us.
    This tournament will always have a special place in the hearts of me and my two young boys, and couldn’t have happened without the help of so many.

  • Thanks for special gifts

    To the editor:
    In Sea Aire Estates, a young lady by the name of Heidi Hearrell and her daughter, Fallon Bradsher, should get a special blessing.
    Heidi works all year operating the Seafood Barn Restaurant (in Holden Beach). For about four years now, she and Fallon have spent days and hours way into the night baking cakes for the shut-ins, needy, old people and just friends.
    About two days before Christmas, they decorate a little golf cart with lights and garland and go around the Varnamtown and Holden Beach area delivering cookies.