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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help

    To the editor: Yes, there are wonderful citizens in your county. One of them simply has the first name Dawn and drives a dark colored 4WD.

    On Saturday, I accidentally mislaid my paperwork after attending the county’s education job fair on top of my car and drove off. The next thing I knew, papers were flying everywhere.

  • Plan ahead for severe weather; you don’t know when it might strike

    Flashlight? Check.

    Weather radio? Check.

    Cell phone complete with up-to-the-minute weather text alerts? Check.

    Twenty-four-hour-weather station tuned in so I can absorb the three-hour Doppler loop while I sleep? Check.

    Last Friday and Saturday, I huddled on the couch, watching the storms swirl through the southeastern United States heading for the North Carolina coast. No, it wasn’t a hurricane I was worried about—it was the possibility of tornadoes and lightning.

  • Special programs are key to graduation success

    In light of far too much bad news lately about education budget cuts and the possible impact those cuts will have on local schools, it is good to see a point of hope emerge recently in education—dropout rates in Brunswick County are decreasing.

  • Realtor doesn’t speak for all

    To the editor:

    I know your readers remember the letter to the editor Brad Vanderburg, manager of Century 21 Sunset Realty, wrote a few weeks ago regarding Mary Ann Bechtel opening her own business in the article a “Leap of Faith.”

    Let me say empathically Vanderburg did not speak for me. The things he said were unprofessional for someone who is a manager of a real estate office.

  • Thanks for being a good citizen

    To the editor: I’m writing this to congratulate Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach for her doing her duty as a conscientious citizen.

    Her letter to the Beacon (March 19) demonstrated the frustration of a taxpayer when trying to get a politician (Sen. Kay Hagan) to respond to a simple request for information about certain outrageous actions by those in Washington.

    The stimulus package was extremely bad for our country and the way Hagan’s office treated this woman is a sign of how arrogant our elected officials have become.

  • Child abuse prevention is everyone’s business

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and local agencies are trying to raise awareness of this critical issue that affects everyone.

    Brunswick County’s Child Protection Team has scheduled its annual Flower Launch event 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport.

    According to organizers, the event will shift the focus away from the number of children lost to child abuse to recognizing the agencies and professionals in Brunswick County who work to protect children.

  • A Yankee who loves the South

    To the editor: “There are too many Yankees down here!” This phrase was uttered to me by someone who I believe is a good friend of mine and who will remain anonymous.

    I cannot take this personally. I realize that even 140 years can’t erase some of the remnants of resentment caused by this bloodbath war and reckless destruction that occurred in our country’s history.

  • The list goes on and on

    To the editor: Today’s media headlines make me painfully aware of the following clear violations of American laws, regulations and just plain old good behavior: a $50 billion fraud perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, in plain sight of whistle blowers and the SEC; illegal aliens crossing the U.S. border in uncontrolled droves, with every law enforcement officers and politician watching it happen and taking little action, if any action at all; the U.S.