Today's Opinions

  • Immigration interview provides chance to walk down memory lane

    Have you ever seen the movie, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds?

    In the film Bullock plays an editor-in-chief for a book publishing company in New York. When she learns she is about to be deported back to her homeland in Canada, she talks her assistant into marrying her so she can remain in the United States.

    True to Hollywood writing, through hijinks and other adventures, the two actually fall in love and by the end of the movie, their relationship is real.

  • Civitas poll: Rabon leads Redwine, McIntyre over Pantano, and drill baby, drill

    A recent Civitas Institute poll conducted by Survey USA and released May 24, sheds some light on how voters in the N.C. State Senate 8th District, which includes Brunswick County, feel about the political environment.

    According to the survey results, which polled 350 eligible voters May 15-17, and has a 4.9 percent margin of error, 69 percent of voters polled said they are certain they will vote in November’s General Election. Another 10 percent say they are very likely to vote.

  • Understand your job, commissioners

    To the editor: Ahhh, here we go again. I see we have an ordinance the city wishes to ignore conveniently other than one town commissioner (that being newly elected Mary Knight).

    I really could care less about the signs, blinking or not, but the principle here is it is an ordinance.

    I guess I always thought the law was the law and unless there was an amendment, you can’t ignore it or use only when it suits you. 

  • Thanks for acting swiftly, safely

    To the editor: I would like to take the time to thank all of the children, teachers, parents, grandparents, and friends that came to see the dance recital at the Odell Williamson Auditorium for the wonderful way they came out of the auditorium when a fire alarm went off in the middle of a dance.  

    There was no panic; no screams, just a very quiet way to the exits and left. When it was all clear they came back in and the show went on.  

    I am so proud of being part of a great group I wanted all to know about this.

  • Responds to fishing comments

    To the editor: I am writing in response to Mr. Cooper’s comments about his fishing pier and net fishing.

    He should worry more about the pollution around the pier than someone fishing with a gill net. These people are only trying to make a living and feed their families. It is hard enough for commercial fishermen to make it now and he is making it that much harder for them.

  • County hit it out of the park

    To the editor:How unusual for the Beacon’s headline to read: “No county tax increase, no new fees.”

    I feel blessed to be living in a place where “tax and spend” is not the core belief of our local government leadership.

    The psychology of our nationwide economy is causing paranoia and severe distrust of big government, and for good reason. As a result, our stock market is floundering as the people look for solid leadership and some positive economic news.

  • Wake up, Washington

    To the editor: With the worst environmental disaster this country has ever encountered already over a month old, one must ask: “What has this government administration done to shut off the flow of oil...to plug the leak?”

    It is obvious BP cannot do it alone. It appears we have the typical Washington crowd (mostly politicians) either placing blame, pointing fingers, or holding unending meetings, hearings and studies to determine how this all happened and what is transpiring.

  • What was once ‘outrageous’ soon becomes cute and quaint

    It’s funny the way the public perceives elements of popular culture changes over time.

    As a child, I hated “hippie” style music because it seemed so dated. Instead, I enjoyed dancing to disco. Then, when that became passé, I began to sit down and enjoy “hippie” music and folk-rock, because it was once again popular.