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Today's Opinions

  • Responds to letter about Chavez

    To the editor: I will present the picture of President Chavez sympathetically saluting President Obama at the Trinidad-Tobago Summit of the Americas, against a brief backdrop based on verifiable information not just unsupported allegations, particularly after listening to Chavez referring to Obama as an “ignorant negro” sometime before the summit.

  • Items taken from cemetery

    To the editor: This week I went to visit a wonderful and very much loved friend. I visit with him every day and usually twice a day.

    This time when I got there, lots of things were wrong. He uses a cross for his night-light and when there isn’t sun to power that, his battery-powered candles do the trick. There are many tokens of love left for him by the ones who love him most.

    Messages written in the sand, wiped away. You see I visit my most treasured love at Mintz Cemetery. We lost him Aug.26, 2008.

  • Relay raises money, awareness and memories

    Before I became “Mom” and had other responsibilities, I spent several Friday nights during the local Relay For Life sleeping underneath a funeral home tent or in my car.

  • Remembering a good neighbor

    To the editor: I have been a fortunate man, and have lived a long, full life. I gladly embrace the teaching of the Christian religion and since I am late in a long life, I await my fate. But one of the greatest fortunes that befell me, besides the love of my wonderful wife, is the greatest joy of knowing Stan Salvatore.

    Stan died on April 17 while recovering from a serious attack of emphysema. He had been suffering from that dreaded health problem for some time. He was probably the greatest friend I ever had in my life.

  • Responds to meeting violation allegation

    To the editor: Suggested reading: “Open Meetings and Local Governments in N.C.” by David Lawrence and “Rules for Small Local Government Boards” by Fleming Bell (both professors at the School of Government, Chapel Hill).

    An official meeting is when a public body meets to deliberate, or act on town business. A quorum is the majority of the board plus the mayor or four commissioners. When three members of the board meet in private to deliberate, or act on town business, that is a violation of the open meeting law.

  • Responds to claims

    To the editor: Brunswick Beacon are you completely ignorant of North Carolina Open Meetings Law, or are you just so brazen you don’t care if you print the truth or not?

    When you blatantly accuse anyone of a violation, I would have hoped you have your facts straight. Clearly not a concern to the Beacon but should be to your readers.

    Once again you show your ignorance in stating that three commissioners in Calabash constitute a quorum. This is not the case either.

  • Thanks for help with home

    To the editor: On Tuesday, April 28, around 10:45 p.m. a drunk driver smashed the car he was driving into my home, causing some significant structural damage.

    My wife and I were uninjured and would like to extend our thanks to the following first responders who came to our aid: The N.C. Highway Patrol, The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach police and fire departments and local EMS services.

    We would also like to thank others who have helped us begin our repairs.

  • President’s final stretch to 100th day punctuated by tasteless photo op

    A marriage of poor taste and pure stupidity unfolded over Lower Manhattan on Monday when Air Force One buzzed Ground Zero.

    As it flew low over Manhattan, Air Force One—sans Mr. President, so I guess it was just a really expensive Boeing 747—was tailed by two fighter jets.

    People panicked, evacuated buildings and frantically called 911 in a state of what I can only imagine was sheer terror—evoking the frightening and permanent memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.