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Today's Opinions

  • Speaking 'Clintonese

    Ten years ago, Bill Clinton explained the words “what ‘is’ ” is in his sexual lexicon of “Clintonese.”

    Now, Hillary states an outright, boldface lie when one is caught at it (very much as her husband was) is not really a lie at all. So, the Clintons once again have taught us and our youth another “Clintonese.”

    Remember children, when you lie it is no longer a lie. From now on you simply say, “I misspoke.” You can also follow that, as she did, by saying, “After all, I’m only human.”

  • Speeches give great insight into teens' lives

    The start of spring means beautiful weather and pollen allergies. It's also the time of year when I serve as a judge at the South Brunswick High School oratorical contest, the precursor to the countywide Odell and Virginia Williamson Oratorical Contest.

    It was a difficult decision this year because all the students who participated were terrific, and they left me a little more hopeful about the future.

  • Tourist season is now upon us

    Warm weather has arrived in Brunswick County, and this weekend is projected to bring even warmer temperatures that will move lots of people outdoors and into the sunshine.

    As Brunswick County residents head outside to enjoy the spring weather, so will others. Starting with the Easter weekend, residents get ready to share the roads and beaches with the countless travelers that will make their way into our community. The bustle traditionally lasts through the Labor Day weekend.

  • A good deed and a mystery

    Carolyn Morris spent 26 years in special operations in the U.S. Army. She’s been stationed around the country and around the world, seeing and experiencing things most of us don’t want to imagine.

    She’s been living the retired life in Brunswick County for about three years now, and with all she’s seen, Morris says she didn’t think she could be surprised by anything.

    But about a week and a half ago, she was proven wrong.

  • New arts and entertainment listings give taste of goings-on

    Two weeks ago we launched another new addition to The Brunswick Beacon.

    After soliciting feedback from our readers, we found out there was a need to provide you with more information about events and activities not only going on in Brunswick County, but also communities within a short drive.

    A team of Beacon staffers got together and spent several weeks planning out what we thought we needed to do to fill that information void. After lots of planning, we unveiled the new “Arts and Entertainment” pages in the March 20 edition.

  • Gearing up for spring, stuck in winter weather

    With spring officially sprung, I spent the weekend gearing up for my favorite season.

    No spring cleaning, planting flowers or mowing the grass for me. I braved the pollen-infused air for an afternoon at one of my favorite places in the world: the outlet mall, or as I like to call it, the eighth wonder.

    While I realize saying I needed to go “spring shopping” holds little or no merit, it seemed like a great excuse for me to indulge in only the spring necessities.

  • Tip etiquette questions arise in today's fast-moving world

    The whole world is on fast forward.

    Everything we do nowadays is hurried or rushed. The Internet makes any information imaginable available at the click of a button. TIVO and DVR makes it possible for us to not only watch our favorite shows, but also to watch them in about a third of the time if we fast forward through all the commercial breaks.

    Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’d tell you in full detail why I think these things are a few of the best inventions ever, but I don’t have time.

  • Bring back the gas wars

    So the weekend kicked off with the usual payday quest to fill up the car at the cheapest gas station, preferably one within reasonable driving distance in one of the Carolinas.

    About 10 years ago, when the price of petroleum was an issue but not as big an issue as it is now, I interviewed a local businessman who complained about “people who’ll drive 20 miles across town to save 2 cents on gas.”

    Well, anything for a bargain, I always say.