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Today's Opinions

  • Think more about terminal groins

    To the editor: Your June 10 edition reported that efforts to legalize terminal groins likely would fail this year and that one groin proponent says “we’ll have to start with another bill at another time.”

    If these predictions come true, it is hoped groin proponents will carefully consider the damage to beaches down-drift of the groins. Also, elected public officials should recognize the inevitable need to raise property taxes to construct and maintain the groins without state or federal funds.

  • Local history is right at your fingertips

    I recently had the opportunity to interview Southport history expert Larry Maisel about his new book “Before We Were Quaint,” covering some of the forgotten, less-than-savory history of the popular riverfront town.

    The book includes tales from longtime residents who were there during some of the town’s more trying times as well as stories handed down for generations. Southport was a hardworking town for many years, with canning factories and lumber mills that have since been replaced with scenic walkways and antique shops.

  • Sheriff right to step up checkpoints

    As our roads begin to feel the increased pressure of summer tourists, the opportunity for incidents increase. We only have to look back a couple of weeks to see tragedies that have happened on our roadways before the onslaught of beachgoers even began.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has said his deputies will be stepping up their emphasis on impaired, aggressive and speeding drivers during the busy summer months.

  • Donating to disaster victims is not an opportunity for spring cleaning

    Over the past year, people all over the world have been the victims of disaster. There have been earthquakes in Haiti and South America, multiple hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Louisiana, and now the oil spill in the Gulf.
    And Americans have been all too happy to send their old, useless junk to those in need.
    I am in no way referring to the many Americans who donated time and money to help the people in the areas get back on their feet. These people should be commended for their efforts to help others.

  • Thank you to the Big Toy Day pilots

    To the editor:

    A big “thank you” to those who organized the recent CIS Big Toy Day at the Brunswick County Airport. I’m especially grateful to the pilots who contributed their time and personal resources to provide airplane rides for the kids.

  • Writer questions article's merit

    To the editor:

    I’m writing in regard to the “Sloane Realty, Debbie Smith” article on page 7A in the June 3 edition of the Beacon. I have read this article five times and cannot for the life of me figure out why it was written or even published.

  • This week’s column brought to you by the First Amendment: Leave us alone

    One of these three doesn’t belong: newspapers, free press and government reinvention.

    Unless you’re with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in which case you spent one year discussing a government-induced renaissance of the media. In that case, you would apparently think the three go together.

    But every other free-thinking, logical American should be able to identify the problem with government intervention in the media.

  • Questions photo placement

    I write this letter to bring to your attention your story on Early College students who graduated this year.

    I find it an insult to the class valedictorian to be pictured on the inside of your paper and the salutatorian on the front page. I have nothing against the salutatorian. I think she should be recognized for her hard work, but she did come in second.