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Today's Opinions

  • Why won't McIntyre debate?

    To the editor: Why has Rep. Mike McIntyre refused to debate his opponent on the issues that affect his constituent’s quality of life?

    He has plenty of time to travel around the county dispensing money for his pet projects that engender a photo-op, but no time to discuss issues like energy, taxes and national security.

    Why isn’t the media asking for a meeting between the candidates? An open discussion that highlights differences can enable the electorate to make an informed choice. Is McIntyre not willing to make the time for this important activity?

  • Make informed decisions

    To the editor: As Election Day approaches, it is crucial for all of us to exercise our constitutional right to vote. We should make those voting decisions based on where the candidates stand on your ranking of the important issues of our day.

  • McIntyre refuses the Democratic process

    To the editor: Mike McIntyre refuses to debate Will Breazeale. This is abysmal for a representative of the 7th District of North Carolina to refuse debate to a challenger for his elected seat. McIntyre claims Will Breazeale is not a credible candidateeereally? Section 2 of the United States Constitution says “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

  • Shallotte should take advantage of fire grant now

    Looking to keep a growing community properly staffed with an efficient fire department, Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell has been soliciting grants to aid the town.

    At the urging of the Town of Shallotte, Dunwell set out looking for additional funding sources and soon landed approval for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

    Last year, the town’s board of aldermen signed off on an application for the funding.

  • Remembering the good that emerged out of darkness, evil

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I wandered away from my desk in the newsroom where I was working, likely looking for something to eat or caffeine to jump-start my day.

    On the way back, uneager to get the morning’s work started, I strolled through the front office and stopped to chat near the front door. Above the main desk, a television was showing live images of a smoking high-rise in New York.

    “A plane hit one of the towers,” the receptionist told me.

  • Smile—you too might be on YouTube

    I wasn’t about to forget O’Neal “Knot” Varnam’s annual birthday backflip dive into the Lockwood Folly River this year (see story page 18A of today’s Beacon).

    I couldn’t forget, because there it was on YouTube: “Dad’s 65th Birthday Flip in Varnamtown.”

    This was a video dating back to 2002 and posted by Varnam’s daughter—“The 65th Birthday Leap,” it was titled.

    People say you can find just about anything on YouTube these days. Well, it’s just about true.

  • Appropriate discipline can leave lasting impressions

    As kids, we learned discipline from our parents. Later in life, we apply principles of discipline to our personal and professional lives.

    A common thread of sensibility and consistency runs through each of my following true stories about discipline. Practical solutions encourage the application of proven principles to solve today’s behavior problems.

    At home during 1945

    “If you two don’t settle down out there, I’m coming with the belt!” Dad shouted at us through the open window from his and Mom’s bedroom.

  • Urges caution on U.S. 17

    To the editor: I would like to inform anyone traveling north on U.S. 17 at the intersection of Lanvale Road of what I consider an intersection design flaw. There is potential for a bad traffic accident around mile marker No. 41.

    The NCDOT has placed a traffic light just over the railroad pass. The railroad pass creates a hill that makes it hard to see the light and any cars stopped at the light.