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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Throw them away or keep them, middle names can have a purpose

    Word definitely does not travel fast in my family, but when it does travel, it does not always arrive in one piece.

    My dad called me last week to tell me my cousin’s wife had a baby. He didn’t know any details, just that it was a girl and her name was Natalie. My mom didn’t know any more details either, as she was only left a voice mail message telling her the news.

  • No worries could be worrisome

    A wise (?) old sage, I think it was Crocodile Dundee, once said it’s useless to worry, because most of the things we worry about never happen.

    With odds like that, worry then must be a good thing.

    My own usual day of worry began at precisely 5:55 a.m., after clock radio news that the next president has a trillion-dollar deficit not-to-worry about jarred me out of a light sleep.

    Subsequent worries, er, I mean “choices,” followed.

    Coffee or tea?

  • Funding cuts could hurt local hospice program

    To the editor: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that would reduce hospice rates by eliminating the budget neutrality adjustment in the hospice wage index. CMS has stated publicly the final rule on this provision is expected on Aug. 1.

    Nationally, the regulation would take more than $2.3 billion in payments to hospice providers, according to a recent MedPAC study. Once fully implemented, this regulation would cut reimbursement to hospices when more and more people need and use this vital service.

  • Disagrees with Fennell's claims

    To the editor: I am a registered Republican and am appalled to think the party endorsed a candidate for state Senate who knows so little about the issues. The Beacon allows candidate Bettie Fennell free rein to take Sen. R.C. Soles to task for refusing to agree to suspend the rules of the Senate regarding the Annexation Moratorium Bill.

    Will she vote to suspend the rules? Why even have rules then?

  • Cabana issue isn't over with

    To the editor: This is in response to those who have had enough of the cabana issues. We suggest you don’t read the letters, because this debate is not going away even though “it is over.”

    We were disappointed about the decision to ban cabanas. We have owned our home here for more than 12 years and though we used a cabana when our family and friends visited, we never left it on the beach overnight.

  • Bradshaw thanks Beacon

    To the editor: [Regarding the story about Adam Bradshaw’s autopsy report published on www.brunswickbeacon.com] I can’t wait to read the rest of the article. I’m glad you are bringing up the fact drugs were not involved. Anyone who knew Adam knows he did not use or have anything to do with drugs.

    We also know he was not involved in anything illegal.

  • Agrees with book's view

    To the editor: Pastor Andrew Moyo has recently written a powerful book titled, “Working the Works of God.”

    One part of the book was of special interest to me. Pastor Moyo grew up, became a Christian and pastor/evangelist in the country of Uganda. He took a leading part in a great revival there in the mid 1990s.