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Today's Opinions

  • Southern charm must be earned

    To the editor: This is in reference to last week’s letter from Mr. McClernan.

    I am a Brunswick County native and have worked with the public for several years. I even know people originally from the North who I consider friends.

    As for our “cotton and tobacco picking” days, this was a good way for a teenager to earn honest money.

    I guess I have too much “southern charm” to tell you where you can put your money. By the way, people in the South crop tobacco. They don’t pick it.

  • Oprah's guru not the way to find God

    To the editor: I am teaching high school students the classic works of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman, which in another lifetime I had to absorb in someone else’s classroom.

    Even then, these authors were not high on my personal “hit parade.” They were the leaders of the 19th century pseudo-religion that accepted the moral teachings of Jesus but denied the divinity of Christ.

    They asserted the divinity of man while renouncing historic Christianity.

  • Learning to know Jesus

    Does Jesus know you? You might ask why I would ask a question like that. I do because it may be the most important question you could ask regarding where you will spend eternity.

  • Southern charm is real in Brunswick

    To the editor: In a letter titled, “Is southern charm real?” (May 1 issue of the Beacon) a reader suggests: “If it were decided tomorrow to go back 25 years and never migrate to this beautiful area, then this area would still be picking tobacco and cotton.”

    Well, you got me there! I can’t argue with that statement because I can’t find the subject of the first clause and therefore cannot follow the logic. I wasn’t picking cotton or tobacco in Brunswick County 25 years ago. I was learning basic sentence structure at Shallotte Middle School.

  • Holden Beach 'massacre' letter unwarranted

    To the editor: I am disappointed that a Holden Beach commissioner sent an angry tirade to the editor and that the Beacon validated it with their headline.

    I attended that meeting and there was no travesty or massacre. All citizens were invited to express their interest in serving on any committee. This included existing committee members.

    Two people, including Gary Staley, asked not to be on the ballot for committees on which they were currently serving.

  • Shallotte Point being bulldozed

    To the editor: The town of Shallotte is “spot annexing” areas of Shallotte Point to pay for their sewer system with no regard for the preservation of the historic value, pristine nature and way of life of this small community.

    The concerned residents of “The Point” have no say in this brutal move to use their beloved community to underwrite the cost of the sewer system of a town that is miles away from them.

  • Special Olympics helps build character

    I was pretty excited to see the photo page on the Brunswick County Special Olympics in last week’s sports section.

    The excitement of competition was evident on all the participants’ faces—smiling and cheering, excitedly (although some timidly) working toward their goals. The young man with the shy smile holding the golf club really made me smile.

  • Congratulations to outstanding teachers

    Congratulations go out to all the Brunswick County Schools teachers honored recently at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

    Outstanding educators, representing each school in the county, were honored as teachers of the year for their individual schools. Friday, they joined together with other educators, administrators and education advocates to celebrate their honors and to single out the district’s top teacher for 2008.