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Today's Opinions

  • Thinks program is a good one

    To the editor: The other day, I attended a meeting at the museum that included our superintendent of schools, school principals and administrators.

    The topics presented were most varied and absolutely current for the economic conditions of today: the role of schools in our county and the problems confronting our school system now and in the future.

    Of note to me was the excellent presentation of an ongoing program to reduce the rate of high school dropouts and buck this national trend. Brunswick County wants no part of that.

  • Bailout backlash

    To the editor: It is difficult to feel sorry for General Motors, based on its sordid past.

    If GM gets a dime of taxpayer bailout, it should be to reinstate the clean electric rail system this country once enjoyed.

    How many people have even heard of the “General Motors Streetcar conspiracy?” Between 1936 and 1950, GM bought out more than 100 electric surface-traction systems in 45 cities and replaced them with their filthy GM buses. At the time, 90 percent of all trips in the U.S. were by clean electric rail.

  • Tell Congress to stop foolishness

    To the editor: Regardless of one’s political affiliation, I think we can all agree our nation is facing a severe economic crisis. Pointing fingers and laying blame will accomplish little.

    Finding solutions to ease the pain of people should be our government’s first concern.

  • Shocked by parade behavior

    To the editor: I believe everyone should be held accountable for their actions—adults and children alike.

    My family and I attended the Shallotte Christmas parade. I have never been so appalled by the actions of grown women and men in an environment where everyone around you can see and hear everything that you do.

    I have never encountered such disregard and disrespect for others than I did that day.

  • The meaning of Christmas

    To the editor: While driving through Shallotte a few days ago, I noticed a strange message on the marquee of a local restaurant.

    It read: “It’s called CHRISTmas.”

    Strange, because many other establishments have no qualms about celebrating the Holy Day; however, to avoid offending anyone, they attempt to be politically correct and omit Jesus.

    No thought is given about offending Christians who know Jesus is the reason for the very existence of Christmas.

     

  • Auxiliary should be recognized

    To the editor:

    A recent article in the Beacon highlighted an awards ceremony for volunteers for their service to Brunswick County.

    Recipients were individuals and groups cited for their contributions as part of the Governor’s Award for outstanding service to the county.

    Among those worthy recipients for honors bestowed was special recognition for the St. James Fire Department and its large volunteer organization, including a fire auxiliary that raises money and provides support and maintenance.

  • Selfless donation a reminder of true holiday spirit

    It’s always great to hear of billionaires donating money and resources to organizations, especially children’s charities, but to me, it means more when you hear of hard-working, everyday people going the extra mile to make a contribution or donation simply because they want to, not because they have an extra million or two laying around and send out press releases announcing their good deeds to the world.

  • Girls Inc. works to lower number of teen pregnancies

    According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, in Brunswick County in 2007, 183 women younger than 19 became pregnant. The youngest reported was a mere 12 years old. Across the state, more than 20,000 women younger than 19 got pregnant last year.

    In the Brunswick County Health Department’s Community Assessment for 2007, the report indicated the county “continues to have an unusually high rate of teen pregnancy,” referring to 296 children born to mothers younger than 19 during a year-and-a-half period.