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Today's Opinions

  • On the whole, it's a real problem

    First of all, I don’t care what you say, at the end of the day, prefacing your sentences with meaningless phrases is annoying. (See?)

    If you need time to work on how you’re going to word your statement correctly, just work it out in your head before opening your mouth, then go directly to your statement.

  • You're finally here; welcome to the 'real world' 2008 graduates

    Twelve or more years of hard work and hassle came to a dramatic, yet simple conclusion last week as hundreds of Brunswick County graduates picked up their tassels and moved them from one side of their mortarboards to the other.

    In that gesture, often accentuated by the ceremonial tossing of the mortarboard into the air, students made the transition from being kids to almost, but not quite, grown up. After pomp and circumstance, they now find themselves lingering on the outskirts of the “real world.”

  • Now that it's (almost) summer, stop and smell the sunflowers

    The heat may be blazing and corn and gas prices rising higher than giraffes’ eyes.

    What better time than summer, then, which officially clocks in at 7:59 p.m. EDT this Friday, June 20, than to stop and be thankful it’s finally here.

    Never mind the heat or the humidity.

    It’s el solsticio de verano, which only comes but once a year. I just hope it doesn’t bring any el ninos, la ninas or el hurrican-os along with it.

  • Canopy rule not a sensible solution

    To the editor: Recently at Ocean Isle Beach, I was about to get my almost-brand-new canopy out of the car and set it up on the beach, as I do each year in front of our rental cottage, but I was waylaid by the lure of the morning paper.

    Horror of horrors, I read the letters to the editor of the Beacon and discovered I was about to become a local lawbreaker—maybe even a felon—for putting up a canopy.

    There were no signs in front of my cottage warning me about this, and no, the Realtor who rented me the cottage had not warned me to arrive canopy-less.

  • Disagrees with allegations

    To the editor: A recent letter to the editor made blatantly false assumptions about my beliefs and voting record.

    My record in Congress has been very clear in these items about which the false statements where made. Here are the facts about the items the writer mentioned:

    (1) I have consistently voted pro-life, and I have never voted for abortion on demand or for late-term abortion. National Right to Life has consistently recognized my pro-life voting record.

  • 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.