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Today's Opinions

  • AYP must be met

    Eight of Brunswick County’s 19 schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress goals, according to the latest information released last week.

    Belville Elementary School, Bolivia Elementary School, Early College High School, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, North Brunswick High School, South Brunswick High School, Southport Elementary School, Town Creek Elementary School, Union Elementary School and Waccamaw School met 100 percent of their target goals.

  • If I'm at the movies, I'm doing research

    One of the perks of journalism is the constant opportunity to get out and circulate.

    If you see a reporter hanging out at the beach on a sunny summer weekday, for example, chances are he/she is taking photographs and/or interviewing people for a future story.

  • Coverage was biased

    To the editor: Once again in article on Jeremy Cribb’s plea, the Beacon proves it is best at slanting the news than reporting the facts.

    Out-of-context statements seem to be your reporter’s forte.

    The section of the article relating to closed minutes unsealed, which the Beacon made such an issue about at the actual time, reported little information to the reader as to what transpired.

    Five meetings of minutes and all she felt relevant were quotes from the town attorney and a former commissioner.

  • Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future

    It’s a good thing we use battery back-ups, or the space for this week’s column would be blank inches of newsprint.

    Monday’s mid-afternoon downpour in Shallotte caused a chorus of thunder and lightning—causing the Beacon’s power to flicker and computers to begin their own chorus of buzzing and other gut-wrenching sounds—before the rain ever fell.

  • Senior centers should be hubs of activity

    To the editor:  Thank you for the article expressing our concerns for our center (Waccamaw Senior Center). The center should be friendly—oriented to the community with activities that would include everyone. It should not just be focused on a lunch program and numbers.

    It should be the hub of the community where seniors feel comfortable dropping in all during the open hours and being able to continue activities as an ongoing process, not just one hour of the week.

  • Found comments about Cribb interesting

    To the editor: I read with interest the front page of the July 22 edition of the Beacon about former town administrator Jeremy Cribb.

    What I find most interesting about the reporting is former commissioner Herman’s comments about having no problem with Mr. Cribb’s criminal past. The fact that Mr. Cribb’s was around 29 when hired and his convictions of a crime occurred when he was 20-21 years old evidently didn’t have any effect on his hiring, which Ms. Herman was a part of.

  • YWCA tries to ease concerns about YMCA name change

    I should have expected it. In the wake of the YMCA’s announcement that it has officially change its name to “The Y,” its sister association, the YWCA, has issued a statement about its concerns over name recognition—ensuring the public that it, too, can still be referred to as “The Y” in casual conversations.

  • Local restaurants play important roles in our economy, history

    On Friday, as part of Calabash’s annual Town Hall Day celebration, the community’s many restaurants and the people and families who have made them successful will be honored.

    It’s a perfect theme for this year’s event, especially in light of recent struggles faced by the local seafood industry—which contributes to the food on area restaurants’ tables—and the struggling economy that has made doing business a bit more difficult than normal.