Today's Opinions

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor: Jim MacCallum is running for clerk of court for Brunswick County.

    As I understand it, the clerk of court handles a variety of important duties such as reviewing wills, guardianship proceedings, adoptions, etc. The clerk handles millions of dollars each year received in court fees, etc.

    Improved and more effective administration of the duties of this job will affect the lives of Brunswick County citizens. The clerk of court position demands someone with the highest integrity, honesty and administrative capabilities.

  • Officials, law enforcement had good response to school incident

    It was likely a confusing and scary situation for some Shallotte Middle School parents last week when the school was placed on lockdown Feb. 18 just before the school day began.

    As buses and vehicles arrived at the school, students were turned away and sent to West Brunswick High School, where they were directed to wait in the school’s gym.

    On the morning of Feb. 18, a parent reported a student had received a threatening text message. School officials believed it was serious enough to warrant the lockdown.

  • That's not what we would call 'justice'

    It’s hard to call the sentence handed to North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. “justice.”

    Last week, Soles, who has admitted to shooting Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Tabor City home last August, entered a guilty plea to a charge on one count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    After failing to call the police at any time during which he felt threatened at his home, and then shooting a fleeing man in the back of the leg, Soles will get no jail time.

    He won’t be on probation.

  • Recipes needed for Beacon’s upcoming cookbook project

    She was a petite lady with silver hair sitting in one of the chairs by the counter. I was standing looking at all the lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows scattered on top of the glass counter. I had decided to spend my lunch hour at the Belk cosmetics counter and was deliberating between the blue and gray eyeliners.

    She was waiting for me to wrap up my purchase so she could be helped.

    “I’m sorry I’m taking so long,” I told her. “I just don’t have any idea what I want.”

  • The long-lost art of handwritten thank-you notes and the world's good intentions

    When friends took time out of their lives to be with me on my wedding day last fall, I couldn’t say thank you enough.

    I thanked them in person that day. I thanked them again when I saw them at work. I think I even thanked them via Facebook and/or e-mail.

    I planned to send them each a handwritten thank-you note. I was raised well. I know the value of that.

    I know I’m supposed to send thank-you cards. I want to send them. As a matter of fact, I have a collection of occasion-perfect thank-you cards in my office at home.

  • Tweet, tweet. Who’s there? Your local newspaper and your political candidates

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, or, to be more specific, a rock without Internet access, it’s no secret that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have changed how people communicate, receive news and how political candidates campaign.

    During the 2008 election cycle, Democrats on the national scene pummeled their GOP counterparts when it came to Twitter followers, Facebook fans and, well, anything else related to technology or social networking.

  • VA clinic should be here

    To the editor: While there is a consensus for a new VA clinic in our area there appears to be a rush to spend $95 million for a new Super Clinic in Wilmington, while at the same time ignoring a number of facts that would lead to the different decision of locating the clinic in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply is closing and moving into a new facility in the summer 2011. This hospital has all the facilities in place for a VA clinic and more.

    Approximately 15,000 veterans live in Brunswick County.

  • Jesus and the death penalty

    To the editor: There is an effort to get lawmakers to abolish the death penalty in North Carolina. Some say Jesus would never approve of the death penalty. Jesus is for the death penalty. In fact, He allowed it.

    Mosaic Law supported the death penalty and Jesus never disobeyed Mosaic Law. He said, “I did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it,” Mathew 5:17. He allowed Himself to be executed. Jesus could have prayed and 12 legions of angels would have rescued him, Mathew 27:52.