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Today's Opinions

  • The face of foreclosure followup

     The phone calls and inquiries continue to come in so I thought it might be a good time to update Beacon readers on the story of the Hollenbeck family who lost their home to foreclosure.

    In August the Beacon brought you their story that compelled readers from all over to reach out a helping hand. The Hollenbecks lost their home in June to foreclosure and moved into tarps set up on their Brunswick County property. Bruce is a Gulf War veteran, and Adrienne is in need of a liver transplant.

  • Creative solutions are needed for unemployment rates

    With a county unemployment rate near 11 percent, we were hopeful Brunswick County would soon announce it was going to be home to the ever-secret “Project Soccer,” a manufacturing business that could have created some 1,000 jobs for the area.
    On Tuesday, however, we learned it was most likely “Project Soccer” was going to head south into South Carolina.
    It’s a disappointing possibility for the entire community, especially those who are finding it nearly impossible to find steady, good-paying jobs in this economic downturn.

  • Doesn't agree with assertions

    To the editor:
    It is not my practice to write editorial letters; however, I feel obligated to address the false comments by Jim Parsch in last week’s paper.
    There was no reduction to the $30,000 [Calabash Fire Department] contribution as stated by Mr. Parsch. I did not support a contribution above the fire fees, but the board of commissioners voted for the funding.

  • Where were you?

    To the editor:
    Several months ago, the idea of using the area adjacent to town hall as a site for our citizens to utilize for special events or as a place of quiet reflection was suggested.
    The communication committee, made up of volunteers from within the town of Carolina Shores, was given the task of exploring options for commissioners to consider.
    After much discussion, it was agreed that professional help was needed to develop viable options for the town to consider. Concepts for a town commons were presented.

  • Thinks trashcan ordinance stinks

    To the editor:
    As a resident of Sunset Beach I must point out an event that occurred over the weekend at the Sunset at Sunset festival.
    I received a letter from the powers that be at town hall notifying us it will be illegal to leave a trash can in front of your home after 6 p.m. the day of pickup. This sounds reasonable, right? Well, yes, unless there are extraordinary circumstances that make that impossible occasionally.
    The powers that be have determined the fine will be $50 for each occurrence.

  • Town needs a commons area

    To the editor:
    I have learned four things since this “park issue” became just that, an issue.
    1. “There are two sides to every story—and then there’s the truth.”—American Proverb
    2. “A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.”—Author Unknown
    3. “People are very open-minded about new things—as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.”—Charles Kettering

  • Thanks for help with bike event

    To the editor:
    This is an open letter to the Sunset Beach community.
    On behalf of the National MS Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter, we would like to thank everyone in your community who helped make the 26th annual Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach a success.
    Thank you for your warm reception of the nearly 1,500 cyclists who participated. They loved the new bridge.

  • Make your voice heard

    To the editor:
    When is the last time you heard of the U.S. government helping to repair a Judeo-Christian place of worship devastated by tornados, floods, etc. in this country? Yet our tax dollars are used worldwide to preserve mosques in order to buy friendship with some who seek to destroy us.