Today's Opinions

  • Council vacancy interviews should be public

    To the editor:

    I have had hearing problems since age 4. I compensated by learning to lip-read in elementary school and getting my first hearing aid in junior high.

    Because of that background, being in sales and having dealt with Europeans and South Americans during my career, I discovered other skills were necessary: concentrating on what people were saying and observing body language.

  • Board’s Sunday voting decision quite puzzling

    To the editor:

    I attended the Dec. 21 Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting that considered early voting hours.

    More than a dozen people at the meeting advocated for Sunday voting, with the two Republicans among three board members and one speaker from the audience opposed. The board, of course, voted against any Sunday voting in Brunswick County. According to the two red-shirted board members, the rationale for excluding Sunday was that there are enough days already and, therefore, it’s not necessary.

  • Thank you for sharing holiday joy through BFA

    To the editor:

    On Christmas morning, 1,125 seniors and children woke up to the excitement and joy of presents under their Christmas trees. The presents, along with a turkey and food for the family, were distributed in Shallotte and Leland as part of Brunswick Family Assistance’s (BFA) annual Christmas program.

    In addition, BFA was a partner with Jerome Munna’s Poker Run, which distributed toys and gifts to 100 children and the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program that provided presents to another 75 children.

  • Gas price differences make little sense

    To the editor:

    I understand gas stations charge different prices based on their brands, timing of deliveries and state/local taxes.

    So on a recent trip to South Carolina, I wasn’t surprised by the following no-lead prices at the first five gas stations in North Myrtle Bach, south of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge: $1.779, $1.769, $1.729, $1.759 and $1.699.

    I was surprised, though, by no-lead prices at the first five stations north of the bridge in Little River, S.C.: $1.849, $1.849, $1.849, $1.849 and $1.849.

  • Be patient with new puppies

    To the editor:

    So, Santa tells me you got a new puppy for Christmas! Well, he also said I should pass along some things to think about.

    The puppy doesn’t speak your language — yet. Remember when you had to learn a foreign language in high school? Well, he is struggling also. Please don’t yell at him. Speak softly and pet him every time he responds the correct way.

  • What I want for Christmas is no secret

    One of the local events I look forward to the most each year since I’ve been here at the Beacon is Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas distribution from here at our old pressroom.

    It does my heart good to see how generous the people of our community are and how much it is appreciated by our neighbors who are struggling to get by and trying their best to improve their station in life. It’s genuinely fun to get out of the office, if only to go as far as the back of the building, and experience the holiday spirit firsthand.

  • Thank you for Sea Notes patronage

    To the editor:

    Thank you! Thank you! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, our audience, for your support and generosity for each of our concert seasons. Our recent Christmas concert, “Joys of the Christmas Season,” set an attendance record; 2,200 people attended the two concerts at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium. Larry Reinhart directed us and the accompanist was Jane Boberg.

  • Thank you for supporting BSRI

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. wishes you a wonderful holiday season and thanks each of you for your continued support of our organization and the seniors we serve. Your generous donations and support of our many outreach and fundraising events throughout 2015 have helped provide vital services and resources and made an amazing difference in the lives of seniors in Brunswick County.