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Today's Opinions

  • Warm Homes, Warm Hearts helps local families

    We’ve editorialized several times in the past year about how the economy has affected Brunswick County families.

    From residents losing jobs, to those who are having difficulties making ends meet, many residents have found themselves in need. Some need help with food and clothing; others need help paying bills for life essentials like housing and electricity.

    The weather recently has added an additional strain on some of the county’s cash-strapped residents.

  • R.C. Soles Jr. should step down

    Last week we said we were waiting to see what would happen next for North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    We were quick to find out.

    Soles, North Carolina’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday, Jan. 7, for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    He was indicted on one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Soles has maintained the shooting was in self defense.

  • Mystery still surrounds Bolivia plane crash more than 50 years later

    Brunswick County native Ouida Hewett was 26 years old when Brunswick County gained national attention.

    Hewett, who was living on Civietown Road in Supply on Jan. 6, 1960, was standing at the backdoor of her home, feeding her youngest son a baby bottle.

    She had just warmed the milk, added syrup and was shaking it up, when all of a sudden she heard a plane overhead.

    She opened the backdoor just in time to see an explosion that looked as if it were somewhere over Bolivia, or just south of it.

  • It should take more than a threat of a light dusting to close area schools

    Schoolchildren in Brunswick County were given an extra two hours to sleep in last Friday, as the district called a two-hour delay in preparation for the “light dusting” that might possibly fall overnight.

    A delay? Two hours? For a light dusting? Turns out, there was no such dust, and it was the warmest day we’ve seen in awhile, with temperatures marking the mid- to high-40s.

    Now I’m not from here—and I’m certainly not from the South—but it just doesn’t make sense why everyone is so afraid of a little snow.

  • Property valuations too high

    To the editor: It’s no wonder population growth is declining in Brunswick County. Why would anyone want to move here unless they have money to give away?

    Mailed my property tax check recently. Went up 410 percent with the re-evaluation. Can’t sell it for half that.

    Brunswick County has the highest foreclosure rate in North Carolina, according to the Charlotte Observer.

  • ABC Board claims inaccurate

    To the editor: With regards to Leonard Steiner’s letter to the editor in the Dec. 24, 2009, publication of the Beacon, I feel I must respond.

    Having retired at the end of 2009 after 17 years on the Sunset Beach ABC Board (most of those years as chairman of the board), I wanted to set the facts straight.

  • Couple's kindness shows Northerners meaning of Southern hospitality

    Shirley Bemis and her husband Wayne moved to Bolivia a little more than a year ago.

    They left behind the cold northern weather of New Hampshire for the coast’s warmer temperatures.

    “We’re New Hampshire Yankees,” Shirley said, adding, “but we’re country people at heart, too.”

    Southern hospitality has been among the many things the Bemises have enjoyed since relocating to our milder temperatures, but a recent encounter at a local store truly warmed their hearts.

  • Beat the cold-weather blues with some comfort-tainment

    After dealing for the last two weeks or so with frosty windshields, keeping track of gloves and enough static in my hair to power the entire Beacon office, it’s hard for me to believe that in about six months, I will be complaining about the heat.

    Mid-July is when I usually break out my DVD of “Fargo,” where I enjoy watching the snow fall and secretly thank my lucky stars I’m not seven months pregnant in Brainerd, Minn., solving grisly murders in 15-below-zero weather.