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Today's Opinions

  • Self breast exams, mammograms important for women

    Brunswick Beacon Advertising Director Angie Sutton never imagined she, at age 37, would be diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The active mother and businesswoman didn’t have any “first-degree” relatives who suffered from the disease, and because she was younger than 40, she wasn’t in the age group suggested to receive annual mammograms.

  • Legislature should focus on key issues this session

    With state representatives and senators now convened in Raleigh, it’s imperative elected officials focus on important issues for the constituents they represent.

  • Speak out about bill to outlaw gas chambers at animal shelters

    Brunswick County Rep. Bonner Stiller has teamed with other legislators in support of a bill that would outlaw the use of gas chambers at animal shelters in North Carolina. The push for this bill has been a grassroots effort as animal lovers throughout the state joined together to fight for this change.

    If the bill is to be successful, supporters in this and other counties will have to be vocal about making it a priority for the state legislature this session.

  • Volunteering ain’t what it used to be

    Volunteering your time, talents and money to help others is one of the noblest things you can do. “Paying it forward,” everyone giving back a little of what they’ve been blessed with helps everyone.

    But with the latest generation of retirees staying busy with second careers, part-time jobs, family obligations and the like, the old ways of volunteering just aren’t as appealing.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • Let them eat Gelato: Pelosi, Dems take to Rome after hastily passing stimulus bill

    In a brazen move reminiscent of Detroit’s auto giants arriving in Washington via private jets to beg for federal bailout money, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic lawmakers hopped on a plane and headed to Rome after hurriedly passing the stimulus bill through Congress.

  • Do you think you know who is best in Brunswick? Vote for them now

    There are a lot of opinions about people who have opinions. Some are more than happy to give you an opinion about what you can do with your opinion whenever you try to share it.

    Has not knowing what someone’s reaction to your opinion maybe ever prompted you to hold your tongue and say nothing at all? Have you ever been afraid to speak up about something because you’re not sure how others will react?

  • Bill could increase voter fraud

    Sen. R.C. Soles never ceases to amaze me at the tactics he will use to control his constituents. Could his proposal to change the voter assistance law effectively lead to voter fraud?

    I think it would because I have worked the polls on Election Day, and I can see the potential of voter fraud if Senate Bill 56 is passed.

    When the state board of elections met in Columbus County on Sept. 12, 2008, chairman Larry Leake made it quite clear Jesse Graham, chairman of the Columbus County Board of Elections, was well out of line in his interpretation of the voter assistance law.