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Today's Opinions

  • Paychecks should be incentives

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County Schools is going to reward bus drivers monetarily for coming to work. I believe I have heard it all. By offering this “bonus,” you indicate you are encouraging bus drivers to show up for work. Their paycheck should be their incentive.

  • Merry Christmas from me and my open meetings and public records drum

    It’s Christmas. I wanted to write something holly and jolly and fun. I really did. I love Christmas—everything about it.

    But alas, I find myself beating the same old drum I’m always beating. Someone has to beat that drum. I can’t even imagine what would happen otherwise. Even the little drummer boy has nothing on me and my open meetings and public records drum.

    Pa rum pum pum pum.

    I couldn’t help it; I just love that song.

  • Toy run brings out best among bikers, car buffs, chicks and season

    My stint as a “biker chick” has been long overdue.

    So when organizer Jerome Munna invited me to ride along on the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ toy run last Saturday, I responded with enthusiasm and wonder.

    I wondered: Where is all my leather stuff?

    All my closet could yield that cold morning was an off-white cardigan sweater to don over my jeans and black Ugg-like boots. The bottom part was acceptable, but the top, I soon learned, didn’t fit in at all.

  • Judith Coufal

    Judith Ann Wanser Coufal, 72, of Calabash, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Emeritus of Westminster.
    Born on Dec. 10, 1939, in O’Neill, Neb., she was a daughter of the late Max and Ceceila Carr Wanser.
    She was the wife of Robert F. Coufal, her husband of 51 years.
    She was a homemaker and later was an information specialist with General Electric. She was of Catholic faith and enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, attending football games, spending time with friends and cooking for the family.

  • 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.