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Today's Opinions

  • YWCA tries to ease concerns about YMCA name change

    I should have expected it. In the wake of the YMCA’s announcement that it has officially change its name to “The Y,” its sister association, the YWCA, has issued a statement about its concerns over name recognition—ensuring the public that it, too, can still be referred to as “The Y” in casual conversations.

  • Local restaurants play important roles in our economy, history

    On Friday, as part of Calabash’s annual Town Hall Day celebration, the community’s many restaurants and the people and families who have made them successful will be honored.

    It’s a perfect theme for this year’s event, especially in light of recent struggles faced by the local seafood industry—which contributes to the food on area restaurants’ tables—and the struggling economy that has made doing business a bit more difficult than normal.

  • Think your pet ought to be in pictures? Let us share it with our readers

    Ever take a look at your favorite pet and think it’s so adorable everyone needs to see it?

    If so, we have a great outlet for you.

    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon features a Pet of the Week on our homepage at www.brunswickbeacon.com. We also share our selected Pet of the Week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brunswickbeacon.

    While our submissions so far have been cats and dogs, we welcome submissions of photographs of all types of pets you’ve welcomed to your home—birds, snakes, lizards, mice, hamsters, fish...you name it.

  • Some potty-mouthed mothers could use a little training of their own

    “Mommy, I want sumpin’ to drink,” wailed the unhappy toddler from the backseat. “I want juice.”
    “I know, honey,” I said. “I’ll get you some when I get home. Mommy’s driving right now.”
    “Oh-kay,” he said whimpering.
    I glanced in the rearview mirror. My 2-year-old son was slumped in his car seat, sticking Spiderman and Blue’s Clues stickers on my car’s back window. He appeared to be occupied for the moment.

  • Federal elections: Where all roads to Washington are lined in dollar signs

    Somewhere along the line I learned a valuable, on-the-job lesson—follow the money.

    Let me rephrase that—always follow the money.

    There might be some twists and turns along the way, but, more often than not, it will usually take you to where you want to go.

    This fiscal rule of thumb pertains to politicians and government officials who are in or are yet to be in office. Campaign finance reports, for instance, are like a window into a candidate’s brain. You thought I was going to say soul, didn’t you?

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s position of Clerk of Courts is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable dedicated attorney. That person is James MacCallum.

    I met Mr. MacCallum a couple of years ago when I was asked to serve on the board of directors for Communities in Schools. I worked closely with Jim on the board, and witnessed his leadership and commitment firsthand.

  • Do officials know what bills contain?

    To the editor: How many times will the Democratic-controlled Congress vote for bills without knowing what the bill contains?

    A recent headline in another newspaper contained an article titled, “Congress acts, but bank bill has work ahead.” The content of the article states details of how this bill will affect every person in this country.

  • Who will foot the healthcare bill?

    To the editor: Do you think government should manage your healthcare program and dollars? This letter is not to debate the need for affordable healthcare for all Americans (that decision has already been made for you), but is intended to give an indication of what you might expect from your government.

    Past actions are an indication of what we can expect in the future. News articles recently tell us how effective the government is at handling your money. The homebuyer credit program ($8,000 per claim) has been audited and here are some of the results: