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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Marriage definition essential

    To the editor:

    If excluding same-sex unions from marriage violates a constitutional right to equal protection, so would excluding polygamists and incestuous couples.

    How marriage is defined is therefore essential, and that is precisely why liberals will never do so. It would open Pandora’s box.

  • ‘Yes’ vote puts rights at risk

    To the editor,

    With the recent “yes” vote on the statewide referendum, defendants may now give up their right to a jury in a criminal trial. I am concerned with the path that not just our state but the rest of our country is taking. If our government asks us to give up one basic human right that is promised to us in the U.S. Bill of Rights, then who is to say that it will not ask, or even force us, to give up even more rights?