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Today's Opinions

  • Plan penalizes good workers, rewards those with problems

    Brunswick County Schools officials have a problem getting some of its bus drivers to show up for work.
    And it’s costing taxpayers extra money.
    Worse yet, it’s likely going to cost you more.
    Each time a bus driver calls in sick, the district pays that employee sick time and then must pay a substitute to fill that route.
    To make it worse, officials are often left scrambling to find a replacement driver in the wee hours of the morning—ensuring someone shows up to get a bus on the road and your children safely to school.

  • A lump of coal for Christmas thief

    To the editor:
    To the person who stole my grandson’s Christmas decorations: The pelican had been in the family for many years, and each day our little grandson would go out and say hello to her and fix her Santa hat. The Santa decoration was his great-grandfather’s and will be sadly missed by future grandchildren.
    I do not hope you enjoy your stealings. Instead, I hope you get what you really deserve.
    No bad deed goes unpunished.
    Lori Tompkins
    Shallotte
     

  • Protagonist takes the lead

    To the editor:
    Once again, Mr. Cerrato is the protagonist of the performance. Beacon readers have time and again read about his antics and skewed views but not about the good work of our town council and employees.

  • Thanks for returning purse

    To the editor:
    On Dec. 6, I went to Walmart in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to purchase some groceries.
    I am small in stature and size and had to purchase heavy bags of dog food and birdseed. In the struggle to get them in my car, I accidentally left my purse behind.
    Unaware, I proceeded home; stopping at Dunkin’ Donuts only to discover my purse was gone. I backtracked to Walmart, went to the customer service desk to inquire—all to no avail.

  • Fletcher firing unjust

    To the editor:
    For the past six years I have been privileged to be associated with Jimmy Fletcher. He has selflessly given to the West Brunswick High School football program and has invested in our community’s young men.
    I have watched Jimmy take kids into his home who had no place to live due to unhealthy home environments. He has taken kids to restaurants after school and before practice because there was no food at home.
    Jimmy has been an advocate for kids, contacting schools on their behalf, helping them to obtain scholarships.  

  • ’Twas the night before…

    ’Twas the night before Christmas all through Brunswick County
    but only a few were enjoying their bounty.
    Those with property taxes just raised
    were preparing their checks as they sat around dazed.
    Commissioners though were filled with such glee
    they cherished their largesse as they sat by their tree.
    The county was broke we were led to believe
    to handle expenses was hard to conceive.
    While our stockings are hung by the chimney with care
    we know in the morning they’ll still be quite bare.

  • How about Confused Critical Collection of Seniors?

    To the editor:
    The popularity contest is over. Carolina Shores has chosen a new group of commissioners, or were they chosen for them?
    We have a new mayor, who as a commissioner, displayed at best poor manners and at worst a total disrespect of a resident of the community. When you are confronted with criticism and a difference of opinion, walking out at a meeting is not a reasonable response.
    I remember a statement by Harry Truman that said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

  • Let there be (Christmas) lights

    Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. The smell of pine in my nose and the dazzle of Christmas lights twinkling in my eye make my soul jump.

    I have always been enamored by decadent holiday light displays. They beckon many fond memories of my childhood.

    Over the years, my father toyed with outdoor lights from the multicolored to the classic white, but nothing says home for the holidays like the candles in the window and the spotlighted wreath on the front door of my parents’ home.