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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for being a good citizen

    To the editor: I’m writing this to congratulate Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach for her doing her duty as a conscientious citizen.

    Her letter to the Beacon (March 19) demonstrated the frustration of a taxpayer when trying to get a politician (Sen. Kay Hagan) to respond to a simple request for information about certain outrageous actions by those in Washington.

    The stimulus package was extremely bad for our country and the way Hagan’s office treated this woman is a sign of how arrogant our elected officials have become.

  • Child abuse prevention is everyone’s business

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and local agencies are trying to raise awareness of this critical issue that affects everyone.

    Brunswick County’s Child Protection Team has scheduled its annual Flower Launch event 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport.

    According to organizers, the event will shift the focus away from the number of children lost to child abuse to recognizing the agencies and professionals in Brunswick County who work to protect children.

  • A Yankee who loves the South

    To the editor: “There are too many Yankees down here!” This phrase was uttered to me by someone who I believe is a good friend of mine and who will remain anonymous.

    I cannot take this personally. I realize that even 140 years can’t erase some of the remnants of resentment caused by this bloodbath war and reckless destruction that occurred in our country’s history.

  • The list goes on and on

    To the editor: Today’s media headlines make me painfully aware of the following clear violations of American laws, regulations and just plain old good behavior: a $50 billion fraud perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, in plain sight of whistle blowers and the SEC; illegal aliens crossing the U.S. border in uncontrolled droves, with every law enforcement officers and politician watching it happen and taking little action, if any action at all; the U.S.

  • Encourage young drivers to be careful

    To the editor: For 30 years, I worked with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and retired as a lieutenant in charge of major crimes.

    I have been on hundreds of crime scenes and consider myself immune to images that are not for the faint of heart.

    Since retiring from the sheriff’s department, I now work as an investigator for the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office and as a deputy coroner.

  • Spend less time online

    To the editor: I don’t intend to disrespect Laura Lewis in regard to her new Facebook account, but her recent article spurred me to the realization of just how much time people squander on the Internet.

    I see nothing wrong with keeping in touch with old friends, but I personally know people who spend hours every day on the computer that could be spent being more productive in the workplace, volunteering in our community or spending quality time with loved ones.

  • Sunshine Week highlights importance of open government

    This is Sunshine Week, a time when newspapers and other media agencies throughout the country join together to celebrate and focus on the value of open government.

    “Transparency” is the buzzword in government this year, and we wanted to know just how well government bodies that serve Brunswick County respond to open records requests.

  • Brunswick County will likely still be a fast-growing community

    Although Brunswick County has given up its previously held positions as the 14th and then the 17th fastest growing county in America, it’s likely it won’t be long until the boom returns.

    Although the speed of Brunswick County’s growth may have slowed, people are still relocating to this community, and growth is likely to be a trend Brunswick County will long have to embrace.