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Today's Opinions

  • Emergency radios must work properly; users need to be trained

    It’s becoming a matter of who said what when it comes to the county’s emergency radio system.

    Recently, the Calabash Fire Department Board of Directors drafted a letter to county commissioners saying members believe Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano owes firefighters an apology for statements he made about how they used emergency radios during a recent restaurant fire.

    Marzano says he hasn’t yet seen the letter and can’t directly respond to it.

  • Thanks, Rex, for 20 years of public service

    For the past 20 years, Rex Gore has faithfully served the citizens of Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties as district attorney.

    It’s a job that doesn’t come without a lot of criticism or controversy. When you’re the man leading a team that’s working to send people to jail, the reality is it’s unlikely you’re making a whole lot of friends.

    But Gore handled the position with professionalism, and many crime victims from the area will tell you he also did it with compassion and sensitivity.

  • White Christmastime is worth a write-up

    FROM THE SNOWY SIDE OF INTERSTATE 40—One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2011 is to keep a better diary—or weather log, whichever comes first.
    Since conditions this week decided to take a turn of white—one for the season and record books—I decided to start early and do both, smack at the tail end of 2010.

  • Parking changes needed at Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    The Dec. 9 Beacon article, “Future parking draws more comments in Sunset Beach,” contained individual quotes of people who have been on the island as long as we have and should have recognized the parking problem many years ago. 

    It has nothing to do with the new bridge. It has everything to do with the number of housing units built on the mainland and the sales pitch for access to the wonderful island beach.

  • Area churches are blessings

    To the editor:

    We have owned a home in Sunset Beach for about 15 years and have been fortunate enough to attend two churches in the area. 

    Recently, we went to watch family members in their Christmas program at Camp United Methodist in Shallotte. It was absolutely one of the best we have ever heard and seen, including our home church. 

    We would just like to say thank you to all the choir and other members for the wonderful service they provided. It certainly was a blessing to our family.

  • Wants to know more about interlock device

    To the editor:

    Recently, my partner had to have a Breath Analyzer Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in his vehicle due to a DWI. 

    While I in no way condone his actions, I have several concerns about these devices.

  • Thanks for help at fire scene

    To the editor:

    Tuesday night, Nov. 30, I received a call anyone would hate to get. “Your business is on fire!” I grabbed my keys and raced to Capt. John’s as fast as I could. It took me about 10 minutes to get there. 

    When I arrived, there were at least a half-dozen fire trucks and emergency service vehicles on the scene. I would estimate there were about 40 firefighters swarming the building like bees from a hive. Amid all the chaos, they worked like a well-oiled machine. 

  • Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.