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Today's Opinions

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

  • Public information belongs to you

    The common use of email and the Internet has made it easier than ever for people to access the information they need with minimal effort and expense. Even those who do not have a computer at home can visit the nearest library or community center to use one.

    Finding and reading the public documents you require to answer questions and conduct research often is as simple as making a few keystrokes and pressing some buttons. At least, that is how it should be.

  • Student athletes are worth supporting

    Last week’s edition of the Beacon featured a story about West Brunswick High School senior Meg Fletcher, a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award competition. Award applicants are judged on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities, among other criteria. Fletcher maintains a grade point average higher than 4.0 while participating — and excelling — at many sports. She even helped institute her school’s swim team.

  • Wave of river projects bodes well for county

    While Brunswick County’s 50 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean tend to get all the attention, the tide is beginning to turn toward the county’s rivers.

    Back in September, the Leland Tourism Development Authority held the inaugural Brunswick Waterfest to promote outdoor activities in the area’s creeks and rivers. Highlights included a kayak fishing tournament, Stand-up Paddleboard races, hikes, kayak trips and activities in and around Brunswick River Park on N.C. 133.

  • Clinic’s milestone is worth celebrating

    Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic just reached a significant milestone in its brief history by performing its 1,000th spay/neuter procedure. The reduced-cost pet surgical alteration facility at 6033 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow only opened to the public Aug. 26.

  • Thanking voters and veterans

    Of Brunswick County’s 48,569 registered voters, 9,125 cast their ballots in 22 precincts for the Nov. 5 election. That puts voter turnout at 18.79 percent, which might seem abysmal until you remember not all of the county’s registered voters were eligible to participate because most of the races were for municipal seats.

  • McIntyre needs to rethink Farm Bill amendment

    The 2013 Farm Bill conference committee had its first meeting Oct. 30. Among those serving on the committee, which is tasked with determining the final language of the bill, is Congressman Mike McIntyre, who represents our part of North Carolina.

    A part of the bill proposed by Rep. Steve King of Iowa is getting a lot of attention, and rightly so.

    The King Amendment, which is Section 11312 of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, prohibits “interference by state and local governments with production or manufacture of items in other states.”

  • Sunset Beach will get council it deserves

    For all the reports detailing the bad behavior of many Sunset Beach Town Council members at their meetings and workshops, the conduct of the candidates at the Oct. 23 forum was surprisingly sedate.

    For some in the standing-room-only crowd that gathered for the event, it was a different story.

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce presented the forum as other chambers in the county did for other municipalities. It explicitly established the ground rules prohibiting interaction among the candidates and with the audience during the forum.