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Today's Opinions

  • Public records and open meetings victories are worth the fight

    I had yet to really be tested two years ago when I marched up to then-county commissioners chairman David Sandifer and demanded, in the spirit of the law, he open to the public a meeting to discuss lowering Smithville Township’s tax rate for Dosher Memorial Hospital.

    Anxiously, and wondering what outcome our conversation might have, I proceeded with the Beacon’s argument that, although no quorums would be met, a group of elected officials discussing public business should be open to the public.

    He disagreed.

  • Assistance program is big help

    To the editor, In the fall of last year, I noticed in the back section of the Beacon applications were being accepted for a Housing Rehab Grant Program. I submitted my application, and my home was one of several homes chosen for this program.

    I have noticed in the Beacon there are more grant programs for home rehabilitation being advertised, and I urge anyone who would qualify and in need of home repairs needed due to mechanical or safety reasons to apply for these grants.

  • Agencies still face hard times

    It’s been a rough year for nonprofit agencies in Brunswick County. Late in 2008, the Beacon reported financial strains felt by Brunswick Family Assistance could have led to the agency’s closure. However, community members stepped up and through the influx of food and money, the agency has been able to continue to serve residents.

    That’s a good thing on many levels, especially with the announcement the agency will once again this summer participate in a feeding program that will provide free meals to children throughout Brunswick County while school is on break.

  • Vernon Ward’s contributions to community were many

    Those who knew Vernon Ward well say he was a kind man, who was willing to help without asking for anything in return.

    Ward made his mark on Brunswick County after moving to Shallotte in 1980. He got settled in the community by teaching at Brunswick Technical Institute (now Brunswick Community College).

    While Ward may have made his first impressions at BCT, he spent the next almost 30 years dedicating his life to selfless service of others.

  • Local Shriners help bring quality medical care to young people with burn, orthopedic issues

    If you haven’t met the nice folks at the South Brunswick Island Shrine Club, you’re missing out.

    Last Thursday members invited me to talk about the way Shrine generosity has impacted my life.

    Their clean, brightly lit building on Old Shallotte Road gave welcome to big smiles, handshakes, a good meal and lots of hospitality. Before I knew it I was standing in front of an attentive crowd, feeling humbled to share part of my story.

  • Needs stolen purse returned

    To the editor: This letter is to the woman who took my purse at a yard sale in the park at downtown Shallotte Saturday. We know who you are and are watching for you.

    This is a plea to please return the contents of the purse, keep the money and we all shall feel better toward you.

    Please return the purse to a person or location of safe keeping in Shallotte.

    My special prescription sunglasses are important to me since I have eye problems and my car keys are in there also.

  • Get involved in your community; do your homework

    After years of working in a popular low-key retirement destination, I still never cease to be impressed by how involved the citizens of some of our local communities are in the local political issues that affect them.

    These politically active residents have made me realize being retired isn’t just about sitting on your porch and letting life pass you by. It’s just the start of a new chapter in your life—when you have time to really speak out about issues that affect you.

  • Do kids know gun safety?

    To the editor: In John Heidtke’s column, “Stories of Living, Working and Dying in America’s Gun Culture,” he asks local high school students: “Are there loaded guns in your home? Have you secretly handled the guns?”

    You failed to ask: What is the first thing you should do when you find a gun or someone hands you a gun? What are basic firearms safety rules? Surprise—it’s not part of their public school curriculum.