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Today's Opinions

  • Don't forget to vote in the Beacon's weekly poll

    By now, most of you have visited our Brunswick Beacon Web site, www.brunswickbeacon.com, and hopefully, you’ve voted in our weekly poll.

    Obviously, last week’s poll question about Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s situation has received the largest number of votes we’ve seen in a long time, but don’t stop with that one.

    I, with the help of my colleagues (thanks, Renee, for your help last week) come up with a unique poll question each week based on stories in the current edition.

  • You don't have to wait a week for your breaking news

    When news of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension was breaking, I was driving back from a quick day trip to Asheville.

    It’s a bad feeling to be the editor of a newspaper and be so far away when a big story breaks. At the same time, it was a sinking feeling to know the news broke on our publication day, meaning it would be a week before the news hit our paper in print.

    We have two daily papers and another weekly paper in the market, and we know how important it is to be competitive in getting news to our readers.

  • Spring break brings family and airline troubles

    Most of my family lives northwest Indiana, just a few miles south of Chicago. Being that it’s a 14-hour car drive to Brunswick County, most of my visitors opt to fly.

    And because the cost of an airline ticket these days is not cheap, visitors are few and far between.

    But last week was my lucky week. My cousin Annie and her two little girls came out last Monday, and my parents and sister arrived Saturday.

    Since there is still snow falling back home, everyone decided to seek the warm, North Carolina sunshine during their spring breaks.

  • One news bulletin that should have been a hoax

    I had planned to write this week’s column about the greatest April Fool’s hoaxes of all time—whistling carrots, “Big Ben goes digital” and “Internet spring cleaning” among them.

    Granted, it would have been belated—just after April Fool’s Day, something I just wasn’t thinking about for last week’s paper, March 27, the Beacon’s pre-April Fool’s edition.

  • Trying to understand the impact of race relations in America

    The issue of race is front and center in the current presidential campaign. Candidates and political pundits are addressing the question of race more than at any time in recent history.

    There has never been a presidential campaign that has had a white female, a black male and a white male vying for the highest office in the land.

  • Who's the real Mike McIntyre?

    There seems to be two Rep. Mike McIntyres. One is the conservative Blue Dog Democrat Mike who shows up when he needs the support of the people.

    The other is the Liberal Mike who follows the lead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when casting his votes in Congress.

    On two separate occasions, Liberal Mike has voted, supposedly, to correct the rising cost of gas. The first time, he only addressed a very small part of the problem. He voted with the liberals to crack down on price gouging and fight against those who attempt to fix the price of oil.

  • Monroe teachers care about kids

    As a former teacher at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, I am very disturbed by the negativity this school has received.

    After reading the articles in a recent paper, I felt compelled to stand up for all the teachers. I have worked in many schools since I started my endeavors as a teacher, and I can honestly say Jessie Mae is my home.

    I believe I speak for the entire staff when I say we chose teaching as our profession because we adore children. I want to let the public know that there are so many wonderful things that happen at this school day to day.

  • How to lobby for terminal groins

    I had several people contact me and ask what is the best way to lobby for hardened structures in North Carolina.

    We are at the beginning of legislation to get an experimental terminal groin in the state.

    Senate Bill 599 passed the N.C. Senate and was referred to a committee in the House. It will be up to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to pass it out of committee so it can go to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill is a pilot program for groins in inlets.