Today's Opinions

  • Couple's kindness shows Northerners meaning of Southern hospitality

    Shirley Bemis and her husband Wayne moved to Bolivia a little more than a year ago.

    They left behind the cold northern weather of New Hampshire for the coast’s warmer temperatures.

    “We’re New Hampshire Yankees,” Shirley said, adding, “but we’re country people at heart, too.”

    Southern hospitality has been among the many things the Bemises have enjoyed since relocating to our milder temperatures, but a recent encounter at a local store truly warmed their hearts.

  • Beat the cold-weather blues with some comfort-tainment

    After dealing for the last two weeks or so with frosty windshields, keeping track of gloves and enough static in my hair to power the entire Beacon office, it’s hard for me to believe that in about six months, I will be complaining about the heat.

    Mid-July is when I usually break out my DVD of “Fargo,” where I enjoy watching the snow fall and secretly thank my lucky stars I’m not seven months pregnant in Brainerd, Minn., solving grisly murders in 15-below-zero weather.

  • Winter exercise takes a hike

    Ah, winter exercise.

    There’s nothing I like better than to get up on a frosty morn (any of the ones we’ve seen this month), stretch my arms toward Mr. Coffee and do a lengthy sit-down on the couch in front of the television.

    I say I’m tuning in for exercise-at-dawn, and I do. But it has nothing to do with any outrageous outdoor running or power-walking on dangerously icy pavement. You have got to be kidding.

    But what’s not to love about FitTV’s exercise guru Gilad Janklowicz?

  • Doesn't like college ban resolution

    To the editor: I was so heartened during the holiday season by the generosity of North Carolinians toward those less fortunate. There were numerous stories in the media showcasing extraordinary humanity.

    But my optimism faded quickly when I read that Brunswick County commissioners plan to craft a resolution in an attempt to ban undocumented students from attending state community colleges. And to your paper’s shame, you are supporting this endeavor.

  • Call your insurance agent

    To the editor: I don’t know what happened. Maybe enough of us wrote expressing our disbelief at what the state had allowed insurance companies to do.

    My agent called to let me know replacement cost coverage is once again an option on my North Carolina Homeowner Windstorm and Hail policy.

    Yes, it’s still only at a maximum of 40 percent of the primary dwelling’s coverage and, yes, there is an additional premium, but at least I can now choose to have some degree of protection for the contents of my home.

  • Support resolution to ban undocumented students

    Allowing undocumented students to attend North Carolina community colleges is a bad idea, however, the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges doesn’t think so.

    In September the college board voted 16-to-1 to allow undocumented individuals to attend the state’s community colleges. 

    They implemented a contingent—those students have to have graduated from a U.S. high school and they must pay an out-of-state tuition rate of about $7,700 per academic year.

  • Time is right for Soles to not seek re-election

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. announced last week he would not seek re-election.

    We think it is the right decision.

    Soles, the state’s longest serving senator, was first elected in 1968. He served as a state representative until 1976. In 1977, he began his stint as a state senator.

    During his 42 years of service, Soles has done a number of good things for North Carolina and the people of Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

  • Not-so-terrible moments overshadow the terrible twos

    As I headed toward the ringing phone, I was cutoff at the pass by a mischievous 2-year-old.

    Grabbing the phone, Levi took off running. I tried to step into his path, zigging when I should have been zagging. I continued to pursue him down the hall and into the bedroom.

    “Hello,” he said in his sweet toddler voice throwing the phone under the bed.

    I knelt down beside him to try to grab it. As I reached for it, he did too, and pushed it farther from my reach--and ran.