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Today's Opinions

  • Injustice everywhere

    To the editor: When we have elected officials who openly say they don’t like the president of the United States, even though he has done nothing to them, or making a speech to advise children to stay in school and do their best no matter what happens, I think this person should not be on a public school board that looks out for the good of all schoolchildren, no matter who they are.

  • Illiteracy comes home to roost

    It was a wintry day during 2001 in Pristina, Kosovo, when as an U.S. International Police Officer for the United Nations, I was dispatched to a routine call for broken windows at a high school.

    That day generated my continuing interest in education for the disadvantaged and abating the tragic effects of illiteracy right here in Brunswick County.

    Beginning in Kosovo

  • Another attack on personal freedom

    To the editor: Congress is working on a bill (HR 3221) to eliminate the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

    This bill will eliminate the successful 40-year program of private college education loans, resulting in the closing of many firms and the loss of approximately 35,000 private sector jobs. It will also make the government the sole lender for about $705 billion in new college loans over the next 10 years; another example of unnecessary increased federal spending.

  • Good job, Michael Paul

    To the editor: Your sports editor Michael Paul did a remarkable job on his piece about boxer Waban Thomas’ death. He was complete, compassionate and caring.

    After 30 years with the Charlotte Observer and writing thousands of my “It’s a Matter of Life” obit columns, I think I am qualified to judge a good obit story when I read one. And this was one. Thanks, Michael.

  • Vote on town's referendum

    To the editor: Re: Proposition to restore mayor-council government in Carolina Shores

    Ask yourself when you first heard the Carolina Shores governmental structure was changed. Better yet, when did you hear about the possibility of changing our form of government?

    Did anyone ever ask you what your opinion was? Did any candidate ever bring up the subject in the last election? How about the one before that? No?

  • Let's get back to our roots and turn up the bluegrass

    With the popularity of the 2001 movie “O Brother Where art Thou?” came a resurgence of bluegrass and other “roots” music: songs made for singing with your family and friends on the porch at night, long before anyone knew about a recording industry or $40-a-head concerts.

    It’s similar to what happened in the 1960s when the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs wrote songs for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” and the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies,” except this time, it was more about the music than the artist.

  • Behind-the-scenes antics are toxic for open government

    Gere Dale, does the town of Carolina Shores have something to hide?

    Why is it you’re expending so much energy to keep public business behind closed, locked doors?

    On multiple occasions, when approached by a Beacon reporter about issues we believe are of public record, you have spent more time questioning the reporter’s sources than answering questions.

  • What’s the story? Looking for folk tales from Brunswick County

    When writer Renee Sloan got back from covering a ghost walk in Southport for our last Island Living of the year, she knew I’d be interested.

    She shared some of the stories of the county’s coast and gave a play-by-play of what happens on the nighttime history and paranormal discussion presented by the Old South Tour and Carriage Company around downtown Southport.