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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Addressing the energy crisis

    Now that Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee and John McCain is the Republican nominee, the question is who will step up to the plate and address the energy crises?

    Obama used a high-tech political machine driven by 20-and 30-year-olds to dismantle an old guard, 20-year-old Clinton political machine. The question is does he have any high–tech ideas to address America’s energy crises?

  • Sunset Beach takes positive step

    To the editor: Several Sunset Beach council meetings ago, I said we could have a black president before the town hires a minority. I was wrong.

    The town recently hired a minority as a part-time beach patrol person.

    A special thanks to [Sunset Beach Police] Chief Lisa [Massey] and [town administrator] Gary Parker for this small step toward equality.

    They did something that our mayor and the three Sea Trail council members did not have the courage to address. It is a positive start.

  • Senior center plan explained

    To the editor: The letter from S.C. Scherer in The Brunswick Beacon on May 29 concerning the construction of a senior program facility in Southport deserves my response.

    The proposed building in Southport, about which concern was raised, is the first step in providing facilities for senior citizen programs on five locations within Brunswick County.

    It will be followed by similar buildings in Calabash, Ocean Isle, Leland, Shallotte and Supply.

  • Don't be silent about sewer fees

    To the editor: On Nov. 6, 2006, the town of Sunset Beach and Brunswick County entered into an agreement for Brunswick County to provide water and sewer service to the town of Sunset Beach.

    This agreement was made with little regard to property owners’ needs or desires. We are now being force-fed a sewer project that will result in many of our elderly and/or fixed-income residents having no option but to sell the homes they enjoy or secure loans to pay for the estimated $8,000 sewer assessment.

    This is an unacceptable hardship.