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Today's Opinions

  • Discipline is OK

    To the editor: I agree wholeheartily with your comments about paddling in school. As a grandparent of four, my children know when they leave their kids with me, my rules prevail. That entails a swat on the bottom if needed. Keep up the pressure to bring corrective discipline back to our schools.

  • Doesn't agree with dumpster deal

    To the editor: First I would like to say I have worked in the Shallotte area for 23 years and have just in the last 3 years become a small business owner here.

    In all the years I have worked here, we have always placed our trash in our dumpster container, which is in the rear of our building where no one except our employees, the delivery people, the people who work for Waste Industries and an occasional passerby even sees our dumpster container.

  • Speak out about market speculation

    To the editor: Convincing myself that the price of crude oil, gas and diesel is not a result of supply and demand, I considered the only reason has to be speculations on the commodities market. If in fact supply and demand was the problem, then how could “We the People” allow auto races, boat races, airplane races, truck races, motorcycle races and large sporting events to take place?

  • Political hacks

    To the editor: I would like to reply to J.W. McKernan in The Beacon on Aug. 28. I agree with him about political hacks; never in my life have we had such bad ones. Everyone I talk to agrees in person or on the computer—we want our troops brought home from the Middle East. They should not have been sent there in the first place.

    Everything President Bush told us why they were sent turned out to be false.

    Obama and McCain are going to leave them there to fight and die for a false cause at the behest of AIPAC.

  • Agrees with paddling

    To the editor: I just wanted to comment on Stacey Manning’s article pertaining to discipline. It is commendable that someone will voice his or her opinion about discipline in schools and at home.

    We often talk about how a large number of the young generation was never taught respect for anyone and most do not respect themselves.

    Thank you for doing that article.

  • Public should get report on how board thinks district is doing

    Each year, the Brunswick County School Board reviews its superintendent’s performance in closed session. Because the evaluation is a personnel issue, the law does not require it to be released to the public. However, the law does not prohibit a superintendent from releasing any information from his or her evaluation once it is complete.

  • Journalism integrity is worth its weight in gold

    Here it comes again.

    This time, I was eating lunch, minding my own business and trying to complete the word jumble when I couldn’t help but overhear a nearby group of lunch buddies utter the words that make most journalists’ skin crawl: “The media is just so negative about everything.”

  • Lessons from the end of a paddle left lasting impressions

    My teacher made it very clear. She was leaving the room. We were to work on our assignments and should not speak a word while she was gone.

    Knowing my penchant for jabbering—reflected in the “Stacey talks too much” that often appeared on my grade-school report cards—my teacher looked right at me.

    “Don’t talk,” she said as she headed out the door.

    I tried hard to do my work, but with the teacher gone, the impulse to talk was much bigger than my third-grade body could contain.