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Today's Opinions

  • You got to have heart to find out what will make you a successful person

    In the 1960s, a leading sports commentator spoke these piercing words about the 26-mile marathon race.

    He said, “There are many things that can break the body, a tragic wreck, a prolonged illness, a natural disaster. But the marathon breaks the heart.”

    Courage is synonymous with the heart because the heart is the center of life. The Bible says it is from the heart that precedes all thoughts of envy and strife. Negative and positive thoughts originate in the heart.

  • Weighing the facts about the Republican vice-presidential candidate

    A woman? From Alaska? But who is she? What has she done? What about Mitt?

    These were the thoughts swirling around my head Friday when Sen. John McCain announced his running mate for his presidential bid, a woman, from Alaska, who was clearly not Mitt Romney.

    After my initial reaction, which wasn’t exactly elation, I took a deep breath and switched out of voter mode and dove back into reporter mode.

    It was time to find out who this woman from Alaska was and, more importantly, what she stands for. That’s what we do, after all.

  • Mentoring is an essential process for democratic nations

    Movie celebrities and sports champions come and go, but we long remember our teachers and mentors because they reached into our lives and made a lasting difference.

    Since 2000, I have been a mentor for police officers in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq—cultures much different than ours. I will share some important principles I have learned along the way.

    Setting the stage

    My work as an International Police Officer with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) began in the fall of 2001, just as Ramadan was under way for adults in the Albanian Muslim population.

  • Open your closet door, Superintendent McGee

    To the editor:

    Many years ago there was a weekly radio program that featured a character named Fibber McGee who had a closet filled with all sorts of junk. His wife would warn him not to open the closet door, but each week Fibber opened the door and all its contents would come spilling out.

    Brunswick County has another McGee who also has a closet. Unlike Fibber, this McGee seems to want to keep that door closed with its contents out of view. That hasn’t always been the case.

  • Discipline is OK

    To the editor: I agree wholeheartily with your comments about paddling in school. As a grandparent of four, my children know when they leave their kids with me, my rules prevail. That entails a swat on the bottom if needed. Keep up the pressure to bring corrective discipline back to our schools.

  • Doesn't agree with dumpster deal

    To the editor: First I would like to say I have worked in the Shallotte area for 23 years and have just in the last 3 years become a small business owner here.

    In all the years I have worked here, we have always placed our trash in our dumpster container, which is in the rear of our building where no one except our employees, the delivery people, the people who work for Waste Industries and an occasional passerby even sees our dumpster container.

  • Speak out about market speculation

    To the editor: Convincing myself that the price of crude oil, gas and diesel is not a result of supply and demand, I considered the only reason has to be speculations on the commodities market. If in fact supply and demand was the problem, then how could “We the People” allow auto races, boat races, airplane races, truck races, motorcycle races and large sporting events to take place?

  • Political hacks

    To the editor: I would like to reply to J.W. McKernan in The Beacon on Aug. 28. I agree with him about political hacks; never in my life have we had such bad ones. Everyone I talk to agrees in person or on the computer—we want our troops brought home from the Middle East. They should not have been sent there in the first place.

    Everything President Bush told us why they were sent turned out to be false.

    Obama and McCain are going to leave them there to fight and die for a false cause at the behest of AIPAC.