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Today's Opinions

  • Here’s hoping new 'Trek' franchise lives long and prospers

    For years, we’ve been called geeks, nerds and weirdoes for loving the old fashioned “Star Trek” TV show, the new TV franchises and the big screen adaptations.

    We’ve heard the annoying putdowns from non-Trekkies that made little sense, which just infuriated us more. (“You like Star Track? What’s the difference between that and Star Wars? Is Yoda in it?”)

    We’ve been told to “get a life” by none other than our hero, William Shatner himself, in a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

  • Enjoys car shows

    To the editor: In reference to the April 23 edition of the Beacon (page 19A): I enjoy car shows and wish I could have

    attended yours. Not meaning to be too nitpicking, I don’t quite understand, with much due respect to Mr. Dick Gasper and his very nice ’57 Chevy, how a two-door post sedan that I’m not sure is a Bel Air from the angle of the picture, with non-original wheels and—heaven forbid—blackwall tires could win Best of Show over Mr. Wade McMickle’s white Bel Air hardtop with whitewalls and skirts.

  • Economy affects us all

    To the editor: The Beacon article regarding the plight of many caring citizens like Martin Cooke only illustrates once again the difficult time that we all have facing during the biggest economic melt down since the Great Depression.

    No one has been exempt. We are all worried. Our savings have diminished and our 401K (which is now a 101K) have caused many retirees to rejoin the working world.

  • Campaign finance issues?

    To the editor: County commissioner Marty Cooke either can’t or won’t pay the taxes he owes to the county he serves and yet has the gall to announce he will challenge incumbent N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles in the next election?

    If Mr. Cooke can’t come up with payments on his relatively modest tax bill, where will the thousands of dollars come from if he is to mount a credible challenge to Mr. Soles?

     

  • Town sold out residents

    To the editor: The Sunset Beach Town Council sold out town residents again last week when they unanimously decided every property owner should pay an equal amount for the pending sewer system, even though construction of the island portion will cost 1.5 times that of the mainland portion ($21 million vs. $14 million).

    In effect, retirees on fixed incomes and those living in trailers will be subsidizing the owners of million dollar homes on the island that rent them for $1,000 or more a week.

  • Opposes terminal groin legislation

    To the editor: I oppose efforts in the state legislature initiated by representatives of coastal counties to permit the Coastal Resources Commission to authorize construction of terminal groins at inlets in North Carolina.

    I feel this is a violation of the public trust doctrine that provides for the state to maintain the ocean shoreline for the public.

    In recent years, preservation of and access to beaches has been impacted by rampant development.

  • More items stolen from cemetery

    To the editor: My Aunt Ginny recently passed away and along with Paula Cartrette’s loved one, she too is at rest in Mintz Cemetery. Unfortunately, she has also had things stolen from her resting place.

    It is a sad world where our dear departed are disrespected and disregarded. These grave robbers need to know that how you treat people, dead or alive, will reflect on how you are treated. I do feel sorry for you, and you should be ashamed for yourselves.

  • Celebrating Mother's Day and remembering little moments that shape memories

    They were my favorite, although likely far from stylish. The red, onesie pajamas my mom had gotten me that year of my youth delighted me.