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Today's Opinions

  • Stop government control of private lives

    To the editor: Americans have concerns about the proposed healthcare reform measures in Congress. That the American people do not want any form of healthcare reform is borne out by the most recent polls showing a 2:1 plurality against any reform.

    Why do members of Congress insist on pushing a bill through, despite wishes of their constituents? Is this being done to gain more control over the American people than the government already has?

    Perhaps a review of some of the provisions of the House bill put forth by Pelosi will reveal the reason.

  • Remembering our favorite Christmas specials and reviving a nostalgic trend

    Every year at this time, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of those bizarre pieces of holiday nostalgia, the stop-motion animation Christmas specials like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    Each features strange puppets that move in bizarre patterns but somehow seem to come alive thanks to the colorful sets, enthusiastic voice performances and imaginative storytelling.

  • Rockslide makes for more interesting travel adventures

    If you’re venturing west anytime during the holidays—especially toward Tennessee via western North Carolina—don’t forget not to take Interstate 40.

    For anyone who’s been stuck under a boulder and hasn’t heard, a massive rockslide fell down and went kaboom there Oct. 25, near the line of demarcation between the Volunteer and Tar Heel states.

    Travelers have been living in interesting times ever since.

  • From Cyber Monday to Tragic Tuesday: Sale extension may spur slow economy

    Franklin D. Roosevelt may have been on to something when he moved Thanksgiving up a week in 1939.

    Annually celebrated on the last Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in 1863, FDR chose to move the holiday a week earlier in ’39 at the requests of retailers and businesses.

    See, there were five Thursdays that November, and Thanksgiving fell on the 30th. Leaving only 25 days for shoppers to secure holiday goodies and only 25 days for businesses to cash in on the holiday rush, FDR chose to move the holiday that year and the next two.

  • Thanks to Laura Lewis

    To the editor: As Calabash’s historian, I would like to thank the Beacon and reporter Laura Lewis for the community article recognizing Hollis Smith and his wife, along with his crew.

    Roadside fish markets and local catches are fast becoming a thing of the past in our coastal culture, and it’s refreshing Hollis is keeping this part of our culture alive.

  • Who was it they saw?

    To the editor: John 6:46-47: “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”

  • Doesn't support use of gas chamber

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s decision to buy a refurbished gas chamber without better informing the people is so wrong in so many ways.

    Don Yousey seemed irritated someone was questioning his decisions. He was quick to say if anyone had a problem with his agenda, they could have come to the county commissioners’ meeting.

    The newspaper or television—no posters, no fliers and no announcement on the county Web site—didn’t inform the people. The only way to know about the meeting was to individually research the agenda.

  • Christmas Jar can help local family

    To the editor: My husband and I watched Glenn Beck’s show this past Wednesday. He was talking about “The Christmas Jar.” He read the book, and his family has been doing it for five years.

    You save your change all year in a jar and then anonymously give it to a deserving family. Hopefully, some day they will be able to pay it forward.

    He went on to say if you hadn’t started, you could catch up and still do it this year. Don’t wait and start next year.