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Today's Opinions

  • Cement plant and community safety

    To the editor: Instead of taking direct responsibility for the environmental safety of the community, [New Hanover] county officials have said it will be up to the regulators to make sure the Titan Cement plant won’t do any harm.

    A recent news report, however, stated, “80 percent of cement plants (including Titan) have had either formal or informal compliance violations in the past five years.”

    A recent analysis of the area near a TXI Riverside cement plant in California showed hexavalent chromium levels 20 times higher than what was acceptable.

  • State port not a good idea

    To the editor: The proposed state port near Southport is not a good idea and should not be started.

    Like most proposals by a small number of business interests, there are the usual promises of good-paying jobs that don’t materialize.

    Mechanization and computers will handle much of the movement of goods. Subcontractors paying the lowest wages, without benefits, will provide manual labor.

  • Thanks to Samaritan who returned purse

    To the editor: While visiting the beach on Thursday, June 5, my purse fell out of my basket and I did not realize it until I was at the home of my friend’s grandparents in Sunset Beach.

    A good Samaritan found it in the sand, turned the purse over to the beach patrol and they sent it over to the police department where I claimed it.

    I am very appreciative, as the purse contained my camera and birthday money. Thank you very much, and I wish you well.

  • American Legion folks are great

    To the editor: I have lived on Oak Island for 20 years, having come south from Buffalo, N.Y., and I would like to say a few words of appreciation to the wonderful people of Nocha White Post 503 American Legion in Calabash.

    My good wife of 46 years passed away two years ago after four or five years of ill health.

    The last six months she had to endure kidney dialysis, and this brought us to Shallotte for three days a week, three or four hours a day. I had to stay close.

  • Advice for the new graduates and the class of 2012

    Congratulations class of 2008, you made it! Now you’re in a new class—class of 2012.

    As most of you begin to prepare for the first move-in day at your new college or university, I’m sure you’re hearing the same things from your moms and dads.

    “Don’t party too much; do your homework; don’t stay out too late,” blah, blah, blah.

    Having graduated from college only two years ago myself, I believe to still be in tune with the college scene and have a pretty good idea of what to do and what not to do.

  • Calabash leaders shouldn't forget promises of integrity, open government

    When Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons ran for election last year, he said, “The citizens of Calabash are calling for a ‘better today’ as well as a ‘better tomorrow.’ They want to see leadership, integrity and confidence restored to the office of mayor, and I fully support their goals.”

    When a Beacon reporter called him on deadline for a brief pre-election interview over the telephone, Clemmons spoke off-the-cuff and apparently voiced what was in his mind and heart without a prepared script.

  • Hurricane forum opens eyes to the importance of preparation

    They are the largest, deadliest storms on Earth, and 14 of them have affected the Brunswick County coast since 1900.

    Hurricanes are a constant threat for the residents of Brunswick County, and last Thursday evening Brunswick County Emergency Services sponsored a public forum to help residents understand how to prepare for these storms.

    With an expert panel of speakers that included representatives from FEMA, the state department of crime and public safety and the National Weather Service, the message seemed to be the same—be prepared.

  • Tips for beating the heat, even at the beach

    I’m sure global warming supporters are jumping for joy with the temperatures soaring faster than gas prices.

    You know it’s hot out there when the conversation turns from rising gas prices to rising temperatures.

    On a recent 99-degree day in Wilmington, my brother was complaining to me that it was even hotter and more humid in his D.C. suburb, missing the coastal breeze of Southeastern North Carolina.

    With normal early-June highs teetering around the mid-80s mark in our part of the world, the recent temperatures have people talking.