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Today's Opinions

  • Civility has ended in America

    To the editor:

    March 3, 2015, will go down in history as the day civility came to an end in America.

    I was ashamed of how our elected officials treated the prime minister of Israel — from the president to all members of Congress who hide in their inferiority complex of showing respect to a better statesman and a heck of a lot more man than they will ever be.

  • Walk toward the light, embrace the sunshine

    The forecast calls for more rain this week, but Monday’s beautiful weather was an excellent way to start Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government. As for me, I kicked off the week by giving a very brief presentation during Carolina Shores’ Sunshine Week open house Monday.

  • It may be time to change time change

    Daylight Saving Time, aka DST, seemed to dawn especially early this year.

    I know for a fact the March 8 “spring ahead” time changeover had an impact and less-than-appreciated effects on people and animals alike.

    I overslept at least two days and missed the morning headline news and one of my cups of coffee.

    A local official I work with experienced a bout of brain fog, attributed to the time change.

    My sister missed this year’s DST changeover completely, and perhaps blissfully, for the first 24 hours.

  • Our long county-al nightmare is over

    I hope everyone will join me at the March 16 Brunswick County commissioners meeting at its new time, 5:45 p.m.

    Feel free to come a little later if you would like as the board will be in closed session first thing, then the real excitement will take place beginning around 6:30 p.m.

    Commissioners decided last month to right a wrong and go back to their closed session-first schedule that I have fervently advocated for the past year or so.

    I guess you could say I’m taking a victory lap here in the pages of the Beacon — but just a quick one.

  • Thank you, Amedisys Hospice Care

    To the editor:
    I wanted the public to be aware and also thank the staff of Amedisys Hospice Care in Bolivia for their wonderful home care of my husband, Harry, who passed away in December 2014. Harry wanted to stay at home and in keeping with his wishes, I tried, but during the last year of his illness, I was unable to take care of all his needs.

  • Global warming is debatable

    To the editor:
    The debate about global warming goes on and on. Do the scientists who say the planet is getting warmer ever make mistakes? Are they doing their fact-finding for political reasons? Could they be receiving funding from somewhere to form their opinion? There are scientists who present evidence that refutes global warming and who consider the idea absurd. Provide them with equal funding and watch what happens.

  • Science and political science are not the same thing

    To the editor:
    First we see a letter defining climate change as an elitist scheme to eliminate capitalism, and then we see a response by an elitist climate change advocate. The elitist climate change advocate’s response, like most, is limited to testimonials and based on polls lacking in substance and/or facts.

  • Community involvement has its rewards — and sometimes glitter

    Martha Babson, Virginia Williamson Elementary School’s parent facilitator, paid me an incredible compliment by inviting me to participate in the school’s Read Across America event featuring Dr. Seuss again.