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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks to all who help family in need

    To the editor:

    On Nov. 20, Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 sponsored a benefit pasta dinner for Selena Utter, who was recently injured in an auto accident. The lodge donated the dining room for that night, and I coordinated the event. Mickey Hardie of Shama Lama donated two hours of music and 108 people attended.

    Several members of the Elks volunteered to serve food and defray labor costs. I thank all who volunteered, the Lodge House Committee, Lodge manager Rich Gass and especially Elks chef Rick Moore. Many local businesses sent donations. I thank them, too.

  • There’s still time to select a 2015 Medicare drug plan

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the staff of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are reminding Medicare beneficiaries of a very important deadline.

    The Annual Election Period to review, compare and choose Medicare prescription drug coverage ends Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to call SHIIP at (855) 408-1212 or (800) MEDICARE for free and unbiased help in choosing a drug plan.

  • The joy of giving, the ordeal of getting

    There’s always so much ado about Black Friday, that maddening day-after-Thanksgiving tradition when people practically trample each other in the quest to claim the best pre-Christmas shopping bargains and when retailers hope the frenzy results in a significantly boosted bottom line by the end of the year.

  • Technology has replaced maturity for me

    I realized recently I hit the two-year mark here in Brunswick County and was thinking about writing about how in a mere eight years, give or take a few, I will no longer be looked at like a stranger who wandered into town.

    But then I had to do some thinking about how can I become a responsible citizen of Brunswick County by 2022 if I still haven’t become responsible.

    I came to this thought provoking realization the other day when my water was shut off.

  • Support Small Business Saturday

    By Gregg Thomspon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions.

  • Contract termination unnecessary, irresponsible

    To the editor:

    We sent this message to the Brunswick County Board of Education prior its Nov. 12 meeting:

    Chairman John Thompson and board members:

  • Public comment needed in development discussions

    To the editor:

    To encourage citizen involvement, Sunset Beach announced in the Beacon its technical review committee was going to review the proposed development off the west end of Sunset Beach, but at this meeting, the committee did not allow public comments. The town of Sunset Beach allows public comments at planning board meetings, town council work sessions and town council meetings. Why not public comments at the technical review committee meetings?

    Richard Hilderman

    Sunset Beach

  • Support, give thanks for BFA

    To the editor:

    As Thanksgiving approaches, this is an especially appropriate time to give thanks. I am thankful our community has Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) and its many volunteers and appreciate all it does to help the citizens of Shallotte and Brunswick County.