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Today's Opinions

  • Plans to get VA facility here

    To the editor: Most of you Brunswickians are well-educated, experienced and full of interests, desires, goals, ambitions and abilities. Here is what we want you to do with all of that.

    First, go to The Brunswick Beacon Web site. Read all of its editorials and articles regarding having a VA hospital in Brunswick County and its veterans series.

  • Thanks from Lions Club

    To the editor: The Shallotte Lions Club recently had a pancake breakfast at Andy’s in Shallotte. We sincerely appreciate everyone who helped and thank all participants.

    The money raised will assist our club in providing eye exams and glasses for those in need in the Shallotte area.

    Lions also assist with the hearing impaired. We help support the Lions cottage at the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw. Currently, we have nine boys in residence. Also, we assist in the operation of Camp Dogwood at Sherrill’s Ford, a summer camp for the seeing impaired.

  • Getting a little crazy about the right to vote

    My parents had done it. My grandma had done it. Most of my teachers had done it. Now my friends were doing it. I wanted to do it, too.

    But I had to wait until I was 18. That was the age at which I could legally vote.

    My mom loved politics, and I think her love of politics probably influenced me a little. Back when she and dad were on opposite sides of the coin, the household could get pretty interesting before a big election. They often said they canceled each other out.

  • There are too many holes in N.C.’s voter registration system

    There are problems with North Carolina’s voter registration system. In its current form, the process has too many holes, making it far too easy for those who want to take advantage of the system.

    Voter fraud is a very real problem in this country and more needs to be done—especially right here in North Carolina—to make that more difficult to happen.

  • Sunshine Week 2010: Mayor elects to shine light on improperly registered voters

    This is my favorite time of the year. Not because the days are longer and the temperatures are (usually) warmer. It’s not even the green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those things, but what I love about this time of year is Sunshine Week.

    Sunshine Week, this year recognized March 14-20, is a time when media outlets across the country team up with nonprofit organizations and citizens’ groups to shine the light on freedom of information.

  • The campaign is over

    I filed a complaint with FEMA because I believe the grant application was potentially fraudulent.

  • The healthcare dilemma

    To the editor: We have the best healthcare system in the world. The problem we face is one of availability. The old people have Medicare. The poor have Medicaid. Those with good jobs have employer-provided insurance, and then we have those 30 million people who have slipped through the cracks and have no insurance.

  • 'Extra' special bulletin: The 'glamour' of show business comes to Brunswick County

    So did anyone try out to be an extra in the “untitled” medical drama pilot to be filmed in Winnabow?

    It sounds like it could be fun if you have a few days to kill, want to pick up a few bucks and like being around all the behind-the-scenes action of the moviemaking process.

    Personally, I don’t like anything to kill the magic of my favorite movies, and according to some of the accounts I’ve heard, being an extra sounds like a mild form of torture. My favorite quote comes from a tutorial on being an extra at soyouwanna.com: