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Today's Opinions

  • Meeting hurt town’s relationship with citizens

    They may be trying to help Shallotte business owners, but we think Michael and Paula Pease have done a disservice to the people of Shallotte.
    Michael, an appointed member of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen, is seeking election for an aldermen seat, while his wife Paula is a candidate for Shallotte mayor.

  • Get to know the candidates

    To the editor:
    As of 2009, there were more than 4,500 political action committees throughout our country. The Carolina Shores Concerned Citizens PAC is an American thing to do. The CCCS offers its support to certain candidates, hoping people will vote for them. You choose whom you wish. That is what democracy is about. For democracy to work, voters should take the time to get to know the candidates. Based on our state constitution, they all qualify to run for the position.

  • Keep things on the right track

    To the editor:
    For the past two years, the commissioners (of Carolina Shores) have all worked together and as a result, we now have a comprehensive road replacement program.
    The Shingletree culvert pipes were replaced by NCDOT at no cost to the town; the UDO is expected to be completed by May 2012; the Calabash Lakes tree replacement was completed; and committees of volunteers from each community were formed.

  • What is a cult?

    To the editor:
    The election season has brought about questions of what is a cult. Christian apologist Alan Gomes says a cult of Christianity is “a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrine system taught by an individual leader, group of leaders, or organization, which (system) denies (either explicitly or implicitly) one or more of the central doctrines of the Christian faith as taught in the 66 books of the Bible.”

  • November is for Lung Cancer Awareness

    To the editor:
    I was diagnosed in 2003 with stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer and underwent radiation and chemo treatments. I had quit smoking more than 10 years prior to diagnosis. I was one of the lucky ones and am in remission. Not many survive lung cancer diagnosed in late stages, 3 and 4.
    The stigma against lung cancer must be stopped. Only 20 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer are current smokers. Lung cancer receives the least amount of funding for research. The American Cancer Society spends most of its money on smoking cessation.

  • It's almost Election Day—do you know who you're voting for?

    There’s nothing like taking a week off to zap a soul back to reality—my soul, that is. And my reality.

    After five luxurious days consisting of a fantastic (car) cruise to Wilmington (for food and essentials), carpetmen transforming my worn floors and assorted de-cluttering (which I’m still working on), I had to face the inevitability of the following back-to-work Monday this week.

    And approaching elections—how could anyone covering southern Brunswick County forget about those? Certainly not me—except during that blissful week off.

  • Homeless: Nowhere to turn for help

    Last week I received a phone call from my editor saying she thought there was a homeless couple sitting in front of the entrance to Walmart. She knew I was working on a story about homelessness in Brunswick County and suggested I check it out.

    I was just leaving the Beacon for the evening and decided to head over. As I arrived I saw a couple that appeared to be about my age. They were sitting on the ground holding a sign that read “Please Help.”

  • Vote for courage

    To the editor:
    According to the board of elections, Sunset Beach has mayoral candidate Clinton Dunlop registered to vote on Feb. 22 and council candidate Mike Williams registered to vote on March 22.
    I also learned the newly arrived mayoral candidate lives next door to the current mayor and is an avid golfer. Does this familiarity continue to have candidates serve as marionettes for those who are leaving office?