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Today's Opinions

  • What’s happening on Shallotte’s Main Street at 3 a.m.?

    Humans behave like wild animals in that we are territorial and have established game trails.

    Predatory creatures use the game trails of others to set up their next meal.

    If we left footprints where we walk every day, it would become apparent that we are creatures of habit and rarely break away from our established routines.

    Regular sleeping schedules are needed in order to maintain our mental and physical health.

  • Former sheriff finally takes responsibility

    After years of doing things the wrong way, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett took a step in the right direction Monday afternoon.

    Standing before peers, friends, family, attorneys—and some naysayers—Hewett publicly addressed the charge he had criminally obstructed justice in a federal investigation into his tenure as Brunswick County Sheriff.

    Before U.S. District Judge Earl Britt, Hewett said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

    Finally.

  • Reader speaks out about education issues

    To the editor:

    I am a Christian who believes that the Bible is not only the word of God, but also it is God’s words. I also believe public school is the wrong place for teaching creationism. Parents and church are responsible for the spiritual teaching and guidance of the child.

    I sent my children to school to learn the three R’s—readin’, ’ritin’ and ’rithmetic. The spiritual teaching came from our church and within our home and the way we lived our daily lives for God.

  • No Child Left Behind not working

    To the editor:

    The federal government’s “No Child Left Behind” program has, in the opinion of this teacher, been a failure. The title sounds good, but the program has been implemented incorrectly and has resulted in all children being kept behind.

  • Beloved dog teaches owner value of forgiveness, forgetting, friendship

    Dogs can teach humans more things than we can ever teach them. Teaching your dog how to sit, lie down, roll over and shake does not even compare to the lessons they unknowingly teach us.

    One of the most important lessons dogs teach their owners—and quite possibly the most overlooked—is forgiveness. While everyone should practice forgiveness, it’s an act that does not always come easily.

  • Debating, public forums key part of political process

    When The Brunswick Beacon joins other sponsors this month in hosting two political forums, some key players won’t be there.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Beacon will join the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and other media sponsors in hosting a forum that features candidates for local and state political offices.

    Among attendees for the 6 p.m. event at Odell Williamson Auditorium will be candidates for the Brunswick County Board of Education, Brunswick County Commissioners, N.C. Senate, N.C. House and U.S. House of Representatives.

  • The queen is dead—let's hope

    Ever since the 1950s, when popular entertainment became big business, middle-class Americans, especially women, have had a particular affection for what’s now referred to as “the queen,” a gay man who denies his orientation, makes fun of himself and dresses in gaudy, outlandish outfits.

    It started with Liberace, the man all middle-class housewives loved to watch on television. He showed what every man could accomplish in post-war America, rising “above” his Midwestern roots to practically own Las Vegas.

  • History of Ocean Isle Beach: The Beginning Years (1946 to 1963)

    In 1947 and 1948, Odell Williamson began purchasing tracks of land that eventually comprised Ocean Isle Beach. These tracks of land were owned by various families, including the Brooks family, the Stanley family, the Gore family and the D. Stowe Crouse family.

    Williamson was originally in partnership with Mannon Gore, but Gore and Williamson soon parted ways, dissolving the partnership. Gore’s son, Ed Gore, soon focused on developing Sunset Beach while Williamson focused on Ocean Isle Beach.