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Today's Opinions

  • Are elected officials qualified?

    To the editor: The past week, Rep. Mike McIntyre and Sen. Kay Hagan voted for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill. President Barack Obama signed it into law as the second law of his administration.

    Like Medicaid, SCHIP is a partnership between the state and federal governments. The program basically provides medical insurance to children whose family income is below certain amounts.

  • The groundhog says: Six more weeks of winter await us

    Don’t put those sweaters away—according to old Punxsutawny Phil there’ll be six more weeks of winter.

    On Feb. 2, I turned on the morning news and watched as reporters were on location just outside the groundhog’s hole. There they were standing around, whispering—waiting for the groundhog to emerge from his hollow home.

  • Have an action plan

    Successful people or are usually goal-oriented. Dr. Martin Luther King was a goal-oriented person; he had a specific goal and some clearly defined objectives and a solid action plan to achieve his goal.

    He was not afraid of listening to different ideas of men and women who were accomplished in their right. He surrounded himself with strong capable associates.

  • What happened to humanity and the decree to ‘love thy neighbor’?

    People often refer to the past as “the good ol’ days”—times when things moved slower, technology had less necessity in our lives, and neighbors called upon one another in times of need.

    What has happened to that? Why is it in this fast-paced, technology-driven, I-don’t-have-to-acknowledge-you-because-something-electronic-is-flashing-in-my-hands era have we lost sight of one of the most basic human values?

  • Just what’s included in the stimulus plan? It depends on whom you ask, and when

    OK, so it turns out trying to research what’s included in the stimulus plan isn’t as easy as conventional wisdom would suggest.

    At more than 700 pages, news networks and other media outlets have their teams devouring the bill—dedicating hours upon hours to attempt to find what any of the $819 billion would actually stimulate, besides the sod at the National Mall.

    Of course, depending on who you ask and when, that also changes things quite a bit.

  • Unfinished work

    To the editor: On Jan. 9 I was involved in my first serious traffic accident.

    I can hear the conversation going on between my husband and God as I approached that intersection.

  • If you’re going to start it, finish it

    It was an anti-climactic ending to a long, drawn-out media circus.

    In last week’s Beacon, education reporter Kathryn Jacewicz wrote that the two parties in an ongoing, public feud over treatment of students in Brunswick County Schools reached a “confidential agreement” and agreed to have no further contact with each other.

    Like most of the readers who have been following this debacle, I was annoyed by this conclusion.

  • It may actually be my fault snow found its way to Brunswick County

    When I first heard last week there was a chance of snow for Brunswick County, I thought someone was joking. I moved to the coast to escape the colder, often-snowy winter months of Kentucky, and the last thing I thought about encountering here was a chance of snow.