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Today's Opinions

  • Great columnist in Syracuse

    To the editor:

    I am a subscriber, a writer and an editor, and I want to tell you how pleased I am every time I read the weekly column written by Cheryle Syracuse in the Beacon.

    Cheryle is consistently accurate, current and readable. Her content never belittles her reader, despite the urgency it often presents. She is able to draw us in and compel us to learn about food safety, food handling and food benefits.

  • Public has the right to know

    To the editor:

    Shame on you, Sen. Bill Rabon and the North Carolina legislature. Anything said or any attitude expressed by a politician in relation to their job as an elected official should be public knowledge, regardless of the meeting being public or private. If the politicians’ opinions are expressed by him or her in the capacity of an elected official, then the public should have the right to hear this opinion directly from its source so they may be able to form their own opinion on what was said.

  • Get teacher pay act together

    To the editor:

    Based upon the broken promises made by GOP leaders in Raleigh during 2013, I thought that it would take at least the six-week (short) session for a 2014 promise to be broken.

    Unfortunately, it took six days or less for the governor to promise additional funding for a teacher pay raise and the GOP house speaker pro tem to reject that proposal. He said school districts could shift state money designated for one purpose and use it for another: teacher salary increases. Simply, he wants to “rob Peter to pay Paul(ine).”

  • Timely words

    To the editor:

  • Temples of the Holy Spirit

    To the editor:

    Marijuana is not a “safe” drug, as most people have come to realize. This drug destroys brain cells, while simultaneously destroying a person’s lungs. The THC released

    by inhaling smoke from a marijuana plant is the active ingredient in producing the high feeling. This feeling is never as good as the first time, which can lead a person toward addiction.

  • Waive the residency rule for veterans

    To the editor:

    Recently, I saw a report about military personnel being discharged in North Carolina. These veterans only want to take advantage of the benefi ts offered to them, one of which is getting a college education here in North Carolina.

  • Town should surrender its recycling center

    To the editor:

    After reading the article on the Carolina Shores recycling center (the dump) employee and the utter stupidity of the complaints, I have decided it is time for the entire maintenance staff and its supervisor to be replaced by a competent organization like Waste Industries.

  • Don’t mistake journalism for PR

    The author George Orwell is credited with saying, “Journalism is printing what someone else doesn’t want printed. Everything else is public relations.”

    I’d like to take that definition a step further by saying journalism is printing what someone else doesn’t like — especially when it comes to reporting on government meetings.

    These stories always boil down to the same thing: Providing accounts of what was said and done, and by whom. That’s the sole purpose of meeting coverage.