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Today's Opinions

  • Suggestions for our TV listings

    Here at the Beacon, we’re constantly evaluating what we’re doing and how well we’re doing it.

    In the past year, we’ve made a number of content and design changes to better serve our customers. As we continue to grow and develop, we’re always looking for feedback from our readers.

    This week, I ask you to take a look at the two pages of television listings that appear on 5C and 6C. The pages feature a sampling of televisions channels offered by local cable companies, as well as broadcast channels.

  • Reader thinks proposed energy plan is a joke

    To the editor: Sen. Barack Obama’s new energy plan is a farce and a cruel joke on the American people. In his divine wisdom, he is going to decide how much profit a company can make.

    With the oil companies, it does not matter the profit margin is low, i.e. Exxon 8 percent, Disney 14 percent, Google 27 percent and Microsoft 28 percent.

    What matters is you think Exxon makes too much money. Obama is going to take Exxon’s profits for five years and give a one-time payment of $1,000 per family to offset high heating bills in this winter.

  • Thanks for Heidtke article on rooster

    To the editor:

    Thank you for John Heidtke’s editorial, “Roscoe the Rooster,” in the July 31 edition of the Brunswick Beacon.

    The lesson learned hit the mark. I hope it was not too subtle for your readers.

  • What are Judge Ola Lewis' goals?

    To the editor: I read the Beacon article, “Breaking addiction.”

    Does Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis really believe people find truth in the goals she claims to aim for? She should have thought of helping Brunswick County as a whole long before now.

    And thanks, Mr. Hobbs, for being so true and straightforward at the board meeting.

    Erica Fullwood

    Cedar Grove

  • FCC explains DTV transition

    To the editor: Big changes are coming to broadcast television. At noon Sept. 8, all full-power broadcast television stations in the Wilmington-area, including Brunswick County, will stop broadcasting in analog and continue broadcasting in digital only.

    This is known as the digital television (DTV) transition. Other parts of the nation will make the switch on Feb. 17, 2009.

  • Wacky-pedia strikes again

    This time, it’s official. I’m no longer relying on the too-often-unreliable Wikipedia to obtain “facts.”

    I’ve always heard it, but this time I believe it: People with too much time on their hands and too little common sense write many of these entries.

    A funny dialect difference sparked my latest foray into pedia-madness.

  • Free medical clinics may have never been more needed than now

    Long before gas topped $4 a gallon and the price of just about everything we need to live and entertain ourselves increased, we heard tales of struggling senior citizens and working-class families.

    Many, not making enough money to pay bills and get appropriate medical care, were left deciding which they needed more—food or healthcare and prescription medicine.

  • Roscoe the rooster, a chopping block and two young boys

    As Mom slid two bowls of cornflakes across our breakfast table toward my brother and me, she announced, “Tonight your father is returning home from work, and I want you to go out to the chicken pen and get me one of those roosters for dinner.”

    Jim was just 9, and I was 10 years old. It would seem like a pretty tough assignment for kids that age, but we had watched Dad kill, pick feathers and gut a chicken for dinner many times, and so we thought we were ready to be “big boys” for Mom.