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Today's Opinions

  • Pity ‘pillars of humankind’

    To the editor:

    The murder of two New York City policemen a week or two ago closely followed the deaths of two African-American men as a consequence of actions taken by police in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island, N.Y.

    Subsequently, thousands of paragons of social conscience and proponents of racial harmony marched through the streets of New York chanting “kill more cops” or similar imprecations.

  • Educate yourself about books taught in county schools

    To the editor:

    I have come upon more information about how “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came to be taught at Cedar Grove Middle School. It was decided by the educators at Cedar Grove to take this book, designated for the high school curriculum, and bring it down to the eighth grade so the children there could get a high school credit for it. This book was first to fifth on the list of the most banned books in America because of its filthy content.

  • Holiday gifts lend perspective on new year

    I’m having to write my column this week on Christmas Eve because of our early holiday deadlines, but I can already tell you about a few gifts I’ve received for the holidays this year.

    Today, one of my favorite newsroom visitors, 9-year-old Georgia Ann Durieur, came to the Beacon with Christmas greetings and another delightful story to share. She wrote and illustrated it herself on one of our computers. Here it is:

  • Local rally organizers, attendees need to face facts

    To the editor:

    I became a Beacon subscriber soon after I purchased our home in Holden Beach more than 23 years ago. In those 23 years, I have never been motivated to write a letter to the editor — until now.

  • Audit proves Sunset Beach finances are quite healthy

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach taxpayers should indeed believe their town’s finances are healthy. Some facts from the most recent audit include that the town has $7.1 million in reserve, and $2 million of that is designated for various future projects; the other $5.1 million is undesignated. Our town’s total budget this year is $6 million, which includes $500,000 funded from designated reserves, as the town continues toward completion of a long-range project to repave community streets. That work actually was completed in November for $400,000.

  • The true spirit of Christmas

    To the editor:

    Growing up, I was inspired by my parents who believed and practiced giving back to the community to make a difference for good in the world. It is heartwarming to see people in our community who by their lives and deeds, exhibit that same belief and make a difference in the community.

  • Angels in community make Angel Tree a success

    To the editor:

    Each year, Building Hope Ministries provides hundreds of gifts to the innocent victims of crime — the Angel Tree Kids (prisoners’ children ) — just to let them know they are loved and not forgotten.

  • Speak up for holiday traditions

    To the editor:

    What’s happening? Communities, schools, etc., are not only removing Christmas, but now are not allowing Santa to be part of the Christmas celebrations.

    It seems that if one person complains about this holiday or anything associated with it, administrators, principals and community leaders cave and bow down to these complainers. I would like to see just one of them say “No” and have the courage to stand up for the traditions that are part of this country at this time of year.