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Today's Opinions

  • Support CIS

    To the editor:

    As a member of the board of directors of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County, I am taking this opportunity to share with you the importance of supporting this organization.

    CIS believes every young person needs and deserves a one-on-one ongoing relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a marketable skill to use upon graduating, a chance to give back to their peers and to the community and have a healthy start and a healthy future.

  • Love your food columnist

    To the editor:

    Re: Brunswick Beacon’s food columnist Norm Harding’s column on “scrapple.”

    I loved your article on scrapple! I was born in Philly back in 1944 and can remember to this day my Sunday breakfast. Even though my mom and dad moved me to Alexandria, Va., when I was 2 years old, we continued to travel back to Philly for all holidays and the summer months (I got to stay with my Auntie Em) until I was 12 years old.

  • God bless those who support freedoms

    To the editor:

    God bless those who fought for the freedoms I enjoy: freedom of speech, the right to bear arms and freedom of religion.

    I am free to choose the politicians I “like” based on the policies they support and how they represent my ideals as a citizen living in a democratic society.

    As a mother of two children, I have the right to raise them based on my beliefs and morals. If I believe public education is inadequate, I have the right to enroll my children in private schools or I can choose to home school.

  • Vote for change in Carolina Shores

    To the editor:

    It’s almost time. The election at Carolina Shores takes place shortly. The chipmunks, Chip and Dale, are doing their thing, making noise running around and confusing motion with action. They are busy gathering their nuts around them preparing for what I hope will be a long, cold winter.

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.

  • E-mails are no way to conduct public business

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it until elected and government officials in Brunswick County clearly get the message—doing public business out of the public eye is wrong and violates the spirit of open meetings and public records laws.

    Last week, we took Carolina Shores commissioners to task about seeking a consensus on a public matter through e-mail, only to turn around and find out Brunswick County Board of Education members have done the same.

  • Some say Maco Light is legend, but one man says he’s seen it several times

    Some people may think the ghostly Maco Light is no more than a local legend, but Bob Johannesen believes it’s real.

    He’s seen it several times himself.

    Johannesen, who lives near Greensboro and has a home in the Holden Beach area, vividly remembers going to the Wilmington & Manchester railroad tracks in Maco (near the U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 87 intersection) several times as a kid.

  • Stand up for freedom of information, vote out those who don't

    Forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

    If you’re tired of reading about the public’s right to know, freedom of information and responsible government, you might not want to continue reading.

    But if you’re tired of irresponsible government, behind-the-scenes decision-making and shady, if not unlawful behavior, by public officials, this column might interest you.

    Here comes the broken record part—public business should always be discussed, deliberated on and decided in public.