Today's Opinions

  • Caroling is great, but not as sentimental as it sounds

    When most of us think of Christmas caroling, scenes of Dickensian street orphans singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in cockney accents for tuppence from the upper class or of well-dressed, top-hatted men and bonneted women singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and good-naturedly begging for figgy pudding often come to mind. (OK, maybe just to my mind.)

    But in reality, my experiences with caroling have been a lot less picturesque.

  • Vote was arrogant

    To the editor: The last vote by the old council typifies the arrogance our town leaders have displayed for many years.

    The appointment of councilman Bob Bobinski as chairperson of the ABC Board demonstrates the exclusion of qualified women appointments to lead positions.

    I requested this appointment be delayed until the new council took office; however, as expected, that request was ignored.

    Sea-Trail councilmen Lou DeVita and Len Steiner, along with our passive mayor, Ron Klein, sided with their neighbor and golf league buddy councilman Bobinski.

  • Enjoyed laser light show

    To the editor: We recently visited Ingram Planetarium to see the holiday laser show and what a delight it was; an hour of wonderful holiday music, accompanied by amusing laser figures dancing in tempo.

    While the audience was small, it was certainly entertained. Out-of-town visitors did not realize they would see a holiday laser show and asked about the regular planetarium offerings. They also did not know our planetarium has one of three SciDome HD digital projection systems in the world.

  • Flotilla was fantastic

    To the editor: As usual, the Ocean Isle Beach flotilla was fantastic. All of the neighbors around the 87 marker and the campgrounds appreciate so much what the boat owners put into decorating their boats.

    When we all hear what night they are going to have it, we all act like little kids and start calling our inland friends to come sit on our decks and piers with us and enjoy it.

    Thanks again for all of the time and effort you spent to make us all happy and put us in a merry Christmas mood. Each year they get better and better.

  • Leaving AARP

    To the editor: Editor’s note: This letter was sent to AARP.

    I am enclosing my and my wife’s membership cards. Due to the AARP stance on the healthcare reform bill being deliberated by the cronies in Washington, we are hereby canceling our memberships to AARP.

    AARP is supposedly for the protection and benefit of seniors, but AARP and other corporations are selling out seniors in an alliance with lobbyists and bureaucrats in Washington to line their pockets.

  • What’s going on at the shelter?

    To the editor: Ah, Mr. Stanley. How convenient for you to be able to use the excuse of “public safety and liability concerns” when denying the Beacon access to the county animal shelter to do a story.

    I’m sure the staff at the Beacon has a legal advisor available that could satisfactorily word a release of liability form for their reporter to sign relieving the county of any responsibility should an incident occur.

  • Party crashers: Sheriff's, chief deputy's move trump Tareq, Michaele Sahali stunt

    Move over Sahalis—the jig and your 15 minutes of fame are up. You crashed a White House soiree, embarrassed the Secret Service and the administration and now face Congressional hearings. You’ve kept politicians and pundits entertained in Washington, D.C., and across the country. You even landed the coveted opening of “Saturday Night Live.”

    But here in Brunswick County we have two new party-crashing stars, Sheriff John Ingram and chief deputy Charlie Miller, at least it seems, according to the reaction to the news.

  • Healthcare's mounting debt

    To the editor: Local and Triangle newspapers reported last week that state spending on Medicaid is $160 million over budget so far this fiscal quarter.

    News on the radio reported Gov. Perdue traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She was looking for federal assistance for Medicaid because of the budget shortfall.

    How ironic. Gov. Perdue and our Sen. Hagan have endorsed the healthcare plans of their party in both the House and the Senate that would greatly expand state Medicaid spending programs.