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Today's Opinions

  • Goal of food pantry is to lift people up

    To the editor: I want to thank Judy E. Wallace for her letter regarding the food pantry. Thank you for explaining to your niece the important work going on every week through many volunteers and for bringing up an important area of concern: smoking.

    As a member of Village Point United Methodist Church, I have been volunteering at the food pantry for about six years. One of the blessings of the pantry is every week I meet new families from our area in need of assistance and new volunteers eager to help.

  • Grants provide much-needed funding

    Good news came to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department recently.

    Last week, it was announced the department would receive a grant from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The $145,288 grant will be used to hire a new officer and cover that officer’s salary for the next three years.

    By receiving the grant, the town will receive an additional officer and additional protection without additional taxpayer expense for the next three years.

  • Congratulations to World Series teams

    Brunswick County athletes have proven they have a lot of heart.

    Recently, the Brunswick County Debs earned a chance to play in the Dixie Debs Softball World Series. They finished their World Series championship bid in the top six, ending the series 2-2.

    This is the second straight year the Debs have earned a spot in the World Series; they finished fifth. Last year, they were 0-2 in the series.

  • There are now more ways to keep you connected to Brunswick County news

    Recently, I wrote about ways you can keep up with news from The Brunswick Beacon, specifically by signing up to receive our e-mail newsletter blast.

    Since then, we’ve had several new users sign up, and we appreciate your interest in reading the Beacon online.

  • It’s OK to be a mom who doesn’t always get things right

    There are those mothers who can’t stand to be ordinary. They were probably overachievers in school, and now they have to be overachievers in motherhood.

    Everyone knows at least one or two of these moms. They’re the ones who can’t throw normal birthday parties with cake and ice cream. These moms have to have themes and make their own invitations, party hats and tablecloths.

    These same moms show up for class parties with homemade, child-sized, three-course mini-meals. Of course, these moms are always perfectly coiffed and dressed to the nines.

  • Responds to allegations against Calabash

    To the editor: The Calabash Fire Department did a standard background check on Jeremy Cribb. The board of commissioners heard nothing but compliments about the job he was doing for the town.

    The personnel committee was in the process of checking his references and then would proceed to work history and education when an anonymous letter arrived at Town Hall. Accusations made in this letter were passed to the town attorney to investigate by the mayor before the board knew anything.

  • The economy will be the legacy of the Obama administration

    When it is all said and done, President Obama’s legacy will not be defined by the success or failure of implementing a sound healthcare program. The economy will be his Waterloo or Normandy.

    Reasonable housing, energy and food costs, stable employment and a comfortable retirement income are the major concerns of most Americans.

  • What have you done for freedom of information and open government today?

    For no other reason I can discern other than being Irish-Catholic, my father raised my brother and I as strict Notre Dame football fans. Though I have yet to watch a game beneath the watchful gaze of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend, Ind., I have seen the Fighting Irish win twice in person.

    The influence Notre Dame football had on my life went far beyond the football field, though it actually had little to do with football. Sports played a huge role in my life and my brother’s life growing up.