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Today's Opinions

  • Christmas Flotilla organizers hope to make event a Brunswick County tradition

    When it comes to the holidays, it’s all about tradition.

    Some families always flock to the same relative’s house for the same traditional dinner and traditional holiday events. Some families take the same vacation each year and enjoy the holidays from an exotic, tropical or secluded location.

    Other families, OK, my family, can always count on one or two members to intake just a bit too much holiday cheer and cause a commotion that becomes an annual tradition in itself when the story is retold year after year.

  • Town will get what it deserves

    To the editor: I have served as a Carolina Shores Town Commissioner for three terms. I have always attempted to represent fairly and effectively the majority viewpoint. Further, I have worked tirelessly and solely for the betterment of our town. Up until about 1½ years ago, those efforts were apparent and quantifiable.

    During the last six months the town has been riddled with rancor, venomous e-mails, blogs and extremely offensive written and pictorial offerings.

  • Thanks for coverage of art show

    To the editor: I want to take this opportunity to thank The Brunswick Beacon for all its coverage of the 64th Annual Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) Juried Exhibition taking place at Sunset River Marketplace through Nov. 30.

    This event was a first for Brunswick County and an indication of the growing reputation of our local artists. The show, considered by organizers to be a “huge success,” has drawn hundreds of visitors to the county.

  • Congratulations to Principal of the Year

    When Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee first met Bob Grimes, he left a lasting impression, she recalled.

    Since then, Grimes appears to be leaving an impression on just about everyone he meets, including his peers in the school district.

    Friday, Grimes, the North Brunswick High School principal, was named Brunswick County’s Principal of the Year.

    Grimes was bestowed the honor for a number of achievements, including leading NBHS from being a school in turnaround status to one that had the largest increase in proficiencies for 2008-2009.

  • Isn't healthcare perfect the way it is?

    To the editor: Thousands of enraged Americans have descended on the U.S. Capitol to protest the Democrats’ socialistic healthcare bill. And rightly so!

    As Sen. Shelby has said, this plan is “the first step in destroying the best healthcare system the world has ever known.”

    Why do Democrats want to change things? Aren’t they proud we rank 31st in the world in life expectancy, 34th in maternal mortality? Aren’t they proud that a child in the U.S. is 2.5 times as likely to die by age 5 than a child in Singapore?

  • Bad economics, bad politics

    To the editor: Congressman Mike McIntyre’s opposition to healthcare reform is abhorrent.

    The primary basis for his opposition—“at over a trillion dollars the bill costs way too much.” Yet the CBO reports H.R. 3962 could cut $104 million from the federal deficit by 2019. Thereafter, it would yield further, albeit modest, savings.

  • Do we need another version of 'A Christmas Carol?'

    Too many versions of the classic Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” run through my head whenever the subject is brought up.

    The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, the 1970 English musical version, “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

    I love Christmas. I love musicals. I love English accents. To me, there’s no greater version of this story of redemption, greed and the Christmas spirit than this.

  • Every vote really counts; just take a look at this election

    We’ve said it many times before. Every vote counts.

    If you have had any doubts about that, check out election results from last week’s municipal elections. In many local races, decisions about who will lead Brunswick County towns was decided by a small number of voters.

    In Calabash, with unofficial results available, about 40 votes separated the lead person elected to the board of commissioners and two incumbents who weren’t able to retain their seats.