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Today's Opinions

  • Post-Thanksgiving frenzy enough to make some people freaky on Friday

    In light of this year’s horrendous shopping incidents, Black Friday ought to be re-christened “Wacky Friday.”

    But what do we expect, when the lure of after-Thanksgiving bargains has people rising at ridiculous hours—or not even going to bed at all?

    Sleep deprivation could have been a culprit when one California woman, hell-bent on getting her hands on a bargain Xbox before anyone else, got a bright idea to clear the decks to the deal by pepper-spraying competing shoppers.

    Or maybe she was just plain crazy.

  • Generations separate us, but technology links newfound friends

    We are unlikely pen pals.

    He’s a World War II-era veteran who has tales to share about his service as an Army Air Force medic. 

  • When you fall, make sure you fall forward

    It is so easy to look around and find things in my life I wish were different. There could always be a little more money, a little more food in the pantry, a little more gas in the truck, a little more time off work, a little more time to write, five more minutes to sleep.

    I could make a list a mile long of all the things I want.

    This week as I attempted to write my column I thought a lot about what I am thankful for and the list ranges from my health, a roof over my head, family and friends to the sand in my bed and the meowing of my cats.

  • A heartfelt thanks for Thanksgiving and a community challenge for Christmas

    With super committees and debt ceiling debates, presidential primary politics and economic woes, it’s easy to get caught up (and fired up) with today’s political and economic climate.

    It’s easy to get frustrated, wishing your hard-earned portfolio didn’t take a nosedive every time someone in Europe sneezed. Perhaps it’s pushed back your retirement another few years. Maybe you can’t sell your house to get out from under an upside-down mortgage.

  • ’Tis the season to buy—and give

    It’s hard to believe it’s already time to talk turkey, and before you know it, Old Saint Nick will be here.
    Before Thanksgiving dinners have a chance to fully digest, many Brunswick County residents will have their focus set on holiday gift buying and getting the biggest and best deals on Black Friday.

  • Do you know where your puppy is from?

    To the editor:
    It is important you know about puppy mills in Brunswick County. They are full of puppies that will be sold in the store parking lots. These dogs are stacked 60 per shed behind a trailer in Winnabow...no windows, no heat, no air conditioning, no comfort. They live in their own filth in kennels. Legitimate breeders do exist and they should be more outraged than I am. Consider this:
    A legitimate breeder would never:
    •Sell puppies from the trunk of a car.

  • Responds to letter

    To the editor:
    This is a response to comments made by Mr. Jay Shutt in the Nov. 17 Brunswick Beacon.
    Many scientists believe evolution is so strongly supported it could be considered a fact. Evolution, the fossil record, DNA evidence, embryology and other fields of study have shown that organisms have and continue to evolve. The indirect evidence is clear, unambiguous and compelling.

  • The influence of religion on government

    To the editor:
    We often underestimate influence of religion on government. The assigned attributes of the prevalent deity of a people group will determine their acceptance or rejection of government.