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Today's Opinions

  • Know proper flag etiquette

    To the editor:

    Holden Beach recently displayed the American flag at town hall on Veterans Day at half-staff. 

    Some will argue the town’s intentions were to honor veterans. I would argue the town disrespected the flag and created undue stress to citizens who understand the historical significance of “half-staffing” the flag. 

    As per the United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, the flag is flown at half-staff on Memorial Day (not Veterans Day) and until noon only. 

  • Where was event traffic control?

    To the editor:

    I have noticed there was no traffic control on Holden Beach during the Festival by the Sea event. 

    I did see several officers making sure cars could not access Jordan Boulevard, while one block away at the intersection of Holden Beach and Ocean Boulevard. there was traffic backed up in two directions. 

    It seems an officer at that intersection could help move traffic in a much safer manner. 

  • Holden Beach is great place to live

    To the editor:

    Recently, the Festival by the Sea took place at Holden Beach, and what a pleasure that the weather cooperated beautifully. Also that weekend was the annual King Mackerel Fishing Tournament sponsored by Paradise Café owner Chris Politis. With a winning check of $1,000, quite a few local fishermen entered the tournament, including myself. 

  • Community icon will be missed

    To the editor:

    A friend to many on Ocean Isle Beach passed away on Nov. 5.

    We knew him fondly as Capt. Howie. He was a treasured iconoclast at Sharkey’s Restaurant. His almost everyday presence could be counted on to provide a friendly atmosphere and lively conversation. 

  • The year is creeping closer to a close; we’re looking ahead to 2011

    It’s hard to believe next week Brunswick County residents will be headed out to local stores to try to find the best and hottest deals of the holiday season.

    How is it already November? Can you believe the end of the year is almost here?

    Here at The Brunswick Beacon, we’re already looking forward to what we’re going to do in 2011.

    From planning special sections and projects to setting individual and team goals, we’ll be spending the next few months determining what we do well and what we can do better.

  • Support local charities during this giving season

    Everyone knows the economy has been tough. 

    While citizens have struggled with everything from job losses to high unemployment, there may be no other time when these financial losses are as evident as during the holidays.

    On Monday, the last day Brunswick Family Assistance accepted applications for its holiday assistance, about 100 people stopped by to sign up for help.

    That’s one day.

    That’s one charity.

  • Are you getting scanned or opting out when flying next week?

    The day before Thanksgiving, this year, falls on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

    Experts claim it’s the most traveled day in the entire 365. If you’re among those who choose to take a plane ride next week, be prepared for a little longer wait time than you’re used to.

    They say for domestic flights, arrive at the airport an hour and a half early. But in case you haven’t heard, there’s a “national protest day” taking place that might extend those security lines a little longer than usual.

  • Watch out for deer, dear drivers

    In that great ledger of the deerly departed comes a recent report about the odds of a driver hitting one in a state-by-state account.

    So far, it ain’t lookin’ good for Dasher, Dancer and the gang this season in North Carolina.

    According to a press release issued last month by State Farm Insurance, the likelihood of a vehicle colliding with a deer (and vice versa) within the next 12 months in this state is 1 in 147.

    This compares to 1 in 13,011 in Hawaii, the lowest ranked state, and 1 in 42 in top-ranked West Virginia.