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Today's Opinions

  • Think, don't judge others

    To the editor:

    In the Aug. 7 edition of the Beacon, Jean Garland of Shallotte wrote a brief letter about her observation of seeing ex-Sheriff Ronald Hewett when he had dignity.

    In her observation, she is, perhaps unknowingly, reminding all of us to think instead of judge. How many times we are quick to judge someone else for behaviors that seem foreign to us. How easy it is to point the finger when someone “falls off the pedestal” for whatever reason.

  • Laughter is great medicine, but not enough to survive pain

    I like to think by the time you read this, actor-comedian Robin Williams will have spent the last few days yukking it up again with his mentor, Jonathan Winters.

    Like most of us, I was saddened to read Williams’ death this past Monday is an apparent suicide. He’d publicly discussed his past substance abuse and ongoing struggle with depression even though he was one of the funniest people on earth.

  • Legislators ignored Humane Lobby Day

    To the editor:

    On April 4, elected officials and citizens were invited to attend Humane Lobby Day at the local animal shelter. This is a statewide event and was publicized in advance to give citizens the opportunity to meet with their elected officials to address issues that are important to them.

    I put it on my calendar because it was important to me. I drove to the shelter at 1 p.m. fully expecting to have time to discuss my concerns with an elected official. Many other voters did the same thing.

  • Williams, public deserve speedy trial on charges

    To the editor:

    On Feb. 1, Sunset Beach Councilman Mike Williams was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road. His driver’s license was revoked. His court date was set for June 4. On June 4, at his request, his DWI court date was postponed until July 30. On July 30, at his request, his DWI court date was again postponed — until Sept. 26.

  • Jaguar’s Lair proposal seems to defy logic

    To the editor:

    Is Sunset Beach condemning Jaguar’s Lair owners to the Dark Ages?

    Sunset Beach Town Council proposes to make an ongoing nightmare even “darker” for property owners in the Jaguar’s Lair subdivision of Ocean Ridge Plantation. It plans to release a Coastal Communities performance bond before the developer installs an estimated $160,000 of central underground electric cables in the community.

  • Pruden deserves support

    To the editor:

    Thank you to the Beacon editorial board for an insightful July 31 editorial in support of Brunswick County School Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    Too many of us who have worked in this school system have remained silent for too long in his behalf. I want to go on record as one who wholeheartedly believes in his leadership.

    No one can be all things to all people all of the time, but Pruden is totally committed to the betterment of all students. His loss will be this county’s loss.

     

    Caroll Purgason Raedels

  • Humans must learn to co-exist

    To the editor:

    The recent violence between Israel and Palestine started over three kidnapped Israeli teens murdered, followed by one Palestinian teen kidnapped and set on fire, followed by his cousin being beat up by Israeli cops. When I look at their faces, I see the faces of kids who could live in my neighborhood.

    Now here are some words that did not exist 200,000 years ago: Hebrew, Jewish, Israel, Islam, Muslim, Palestine, Gaza, Zion. Neither did the words Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, America or Mexico.

  • House Bill 725 ensures fairness

    To the editor:

    House Bill 725 will raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction for misdemeanants. North Carolina is one of only two states that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, even for something as minor as stealing a bag of Doritos.