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Today's Opinions

  • In the season of discontent, strive to stay sweet

    The man on the telephone had clearly not rung me up to transmit a valentine.

    Interrupting my typing and toiling at the keyboard on the usual deadlines, he delivered, instead, a verbal barrage.

    He also provided unsolicited instructions on how I was to write a story from the previous night’s town council meeting (which was on the day’s to-do list, for sure).

    He certainly hoped I planned to include details on how the town’s former mayor had gotten out of line at that meeting.

  • Citizens make up community

    To the editor:
    We are accused of extortion by Sen. Tom Apodaca and using a “disgusting tactic” by Gov. Pat McCrory, all because we made public a recording of a meeting with an elected official. The words on this recording speak volumes about the character of Sen. Bill Rabon. Power, control and “lots of money” are words mentioned, but never the word respect.

  • Thank you for giving

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank Shallotte area residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this past Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect more than 24,000 shoeboxes — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items — for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

  • Respect beach residents’ property, safety

    To the editor:
    In the Jan. 10 Beacon, I read a letter by Janet Stallings concerning parking on Sunset Beach. She has joined a vast majority of mainland homeowners who express the same concern. To them I say: Life is made of choices and you are accountable for them.
    You can buy a parking pass, get to the beach early or later, or buy a residence on the beach. You all had the choice to buy a house on the beach and you chose not to. Many of us choose to pay a premium to live on the beach. I applaud the parking restrictions.

  • Support needed for all students

    To the editor:
    In 1996 in North Carolina, 40 percent of high school students did not graduate. State leaders responded by implementing a competitive public charter school system providing parents with a choice focused on implementation of best practices and efficient management of resources. Today, there are more than 49,000 charter students at 99 privately owned locations versus more than 1.4 million district students in more than 2,500 taxpayer-built locations.

  • Support needed for all students

    To the editor:
    In 1996 in North Carolina, 40 percent of high school students did not graduate. State leaders responded by implementing a competitive public charter school system providing parents with a choice focused on implementation of best practices and efficient management of resources. Today, there are more than 49,000 charter students at 99 privately owned locations versus more than 1.4 million district students in more than 2,500 taxpayer-built locations.

  • Support needed for all students

    To the editor:
    In 1996 in North Carolina, 40 percent of high school students did not graduate. State leaders responded by implementing a competitive public charter school system providing parents with a choice focused on implementation of best practices and efficient management of resources. Today, there are more than 49,000 charter students at 99 privately owned locations versus more than 1.4 million district students in more than 2,500 taxpayer-built locations.

  • Support needed for all students

    To the editor:
    In 1996 in North Carolina, 40 percent of high school students did not graduate. State leaders responded by implementing a competitive public charter school system providing parents with a choice focused on implementation of best practices and efficient management of resources. Today, there are more than 49,000 charter students at 99 privately owned locations versus more than 1.4 million district students in more than 2,500 taxpayer-built locations.