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Today's Opinions

  • A teen's self-esteem should be worth more than your monthly sales goals

    It has been a while since I was 15 years old, but this weekend I was reminded of the trials of being a teen.

    At 15 years old, I was awkward. I had acne. I was shy. I was anxious about my appearance. I was scared to talk to boys. I was a typical 15-year-old girl.

    Anyone who has been 15 understands it is not an easy age. One would hope adults would have compassion toward issues facing a 15-year-old.

  • Mack Hewett

    Mack Leon Hewett, of Shallotte, widower of Edith Eloise Parrish Hewett, passed away on Nov. 2, 2011, in Wilmington.
    He was born on July 31, 1920, in Shallotte to Mattie Ruth and Warren Winslow Hewett.
    He married Eloise on March 20, 1949, and they were married for 54 years before her death in 2003.
    Mr. Hewett is survived by his four children, Jacquelyn Robinson and her husband Darryle, Mack Hewett Jr. and his wife Laura, David Hewett and his wife Cindy, and Amy Tanner and her husband Jeffrey.

  • Group is bringing attention to homelessness here

    How many times have you driven down a Brunswick County road and seen a man or woman toting what you think is likely all of their worldly possessions along with them?
    How many times have you driven past a store and seen a person, maybe young, maybe old, holding a sign offering to work for food or assistance?
    How many times have you counted your blessings that person isn’t you?

  • Thank a veteran Friday

    There is a lot of focus these days about all things wrong with this country. From the economy to government spending and political maneuvering, few people have no opinion about the way this country is being run.
    But on Friday, for one day, we call upon all citizens to join together and focus on something good—the men and women who bravely defend this nation.

  • Thanks Laura, Beacon

    To the editor:
    Recently we had a very successful fundraiser for the Calabash Lions Club. It was our “Trip Down Memory Lane Concert” featuring Milton Bullock from the Golden Platters, who goes by the name of Senior Platter. Accompanying him was Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Mary Tate, who did the women of Motown songs.
    For anyone who missed this concert, all I can say is you missed the best live, low-cost entertainment of the year.
    Due to your paper’s mentioning our concert several times by Laura Lewis, we had a tremendous turnout.

  • We must reach out to disadvantaged

    To the editor:
    If the disadvantaged aren’t coming into our churches, then we must go to them. The least of them are the poor, the homeless and the lost and broken...the heart of God.

  • Loved story about homelessness

    To the editor:
    I can’t say I enjoy reading about the homeless, but it touches me in a strong way. I’m 87 years old and a World War II veteran, 161 days of front-line fighting in a Sherman tank, 3rd Army under Gen. Patton.
    My last report was 25 percent of these homeless are veterans. Why? There are still lots of people out there who love and care for the veterans, but not enough.

  • Likes annual pumpkin decoration

    To the editor:
    Every year on Halloween, coming from Calabash traveling on Georgetown Road, there has been a pumpkin on a tree that has two branches sticking up on either side with a small one in the center with a pumpkin on it, except for last year. This year, I spotted it again.
    Whoever is doing it, I want you to realize people have noticed when it is there and when it’s not there. It has a certain mystery about it. Thank you whoever you are.
    Mary Benes
    Sunset Beach