Today's Opinions

  • From Cyber Monday to Tragic Tuesday: Sale extension may spur slow economy

    Franklin D. Roosevelt may have been on to something when he moved Thanksgiving up a week in 1939.

    Annually celebrated on the last Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in 1863, FDR chose to move the holiday a week earlier in ’39 at the requests of retailers and businesses.

    See, there were five Thursdays that November, and Thanksgiving fell on the 30th. Leaving only 25 days for shoppers to secure holiday goodies and only 25 days for businesses to cash in on the holiday rush, FDR chose to move the holiday that year and the next two.

  • Thanks to Laura Lewis

    To the editor: As Calabash’s historian, I would like to thank the Beacon and reporter Laura Lewis for the community article recognizing Hollis Smith and his wife, along with his crew.

    Roadside fish markets and local catches are fast becoming a thing of the past in our coastal culture, and it’s refreshing Hollis is keeping this part of our culture alive.

  • Who was it they saw?

    To the editor: John 6:46-47: “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”

  • Doesn't support use of gas chamber

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s decision to buy a refurbished gas chamber without better informing the people is so wrong in so many ways.

    Don Yousey seemed irritated someone was questioning his decisions. He was quick to say if anyone had a problem with his agenda, they could have come to the county commissioners’ meeting.

    The newspaper or television—no posters, no fliers and no announcement on the county Web site—didn’t inform the people. The only way to know about the meeting was to individually research the agenda.

  • Christmas Jar can help local family

    To the editor: My husband and I watched Glenn Beck’s show this past Wednesday. He was talking about “The Christmas Jar.” He read the book, and his family has been doing it for five years.

    You save your change all year in a jar and then anonymously give it to a deserving family. Hopefully, some day they will be able to pay it forward.

    He went on to say if you hadn’t started, you could catch up and still do it this year. Don’t wait and start next year.

  • Feral animal problem?

    To the editor: If Don Yousey is convinced 60 percent of animals his men pick up are feral, then Brunswick County, you have a problem! You are all in danger!

    Or maybe he’s just trying to justify using that dinosaur to kill them in. What an outrageous thing to say. You poor taxpayers will be paying through the nose to keep that secondhand archaic form of killing repaired and safe. That is why the Reidsville Animal Shelter got rid of it. It’s a money pit.

  • McIntyre got vote right

    To the editor: I have been critical of Rep. Mike McIntyre on several occasions. I have not always agreed with him on some of his decisions; however, on his vote regarding national healthcare, he voted correctly.

    Who in his right mind would buy a pig in a poke, which is what the Democrats offer us?

    I have counted and the Democrat leadership has made 297 statements in regard to healthcare, and they have contradicted themselves about half of the time.

    Who would buy a house and move in without knowing what the cost would be? No one.

  • Hagan had distorted facts

    To the editor: In last week’s paper, an article mentioned Sen. Kay Hagan’s support of the Reid Senate Health Care Bill. She says we spend more than any other developed nation on healthcare with no better outcome.

    Really? This data is from the discredited U.N. World Health Organization study, which by the way, found the life expectancy in the U.S. ranks just behind Cuba, in spite of the fact Cuba’s spending is a fraction of the spending in the United States.