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Today's Opinions

  • Cutajar letter on target

    To the editor: As a semi-interested observer of the goings-on at Holden Beach, it seems to me this fellow Louis Cutajar has his finger on the pulse of things.

    Transparency should be the ideal in all government, but here, opaqueness seems to be the rule. If not opaqueness, then translucence is just enough smoke to make you think you’re seeing the truth.

  • Doesn’t support stimulus plan

    To the editor: The past week, Rep. Mike McIntyre broke his campaign promises and voted for the infamous pork-filled $850 billion stimulus bill.

    This bill is a huge rip-off on the American people by wasting billions on unneeded programs and doubling the size of many government programs. He approved spending money we do not have on things we do not need.

    Lets see how Mike voted to spend your money:

    1) $41 billion (5 percent of the total package) goes to major infrastructure projects promised by Obama; a good thing, but then where is the other 95 percent going?

  • Tax cuts are not the answer

    To the editor: So, another 598,000 jobs disappeared in January. The reason? There isn’t enough demand for the goods and services produced by Americans, so employers lay off their workers.

    As the Senate debates a stimulus bill, two views of what should be done are being expressed. One view is to cut taxes and the other is to increase government spending.

  • Doesn’t like hunting picture

    To the editor: After seeing the picture in last week’s Beacon, I just had to write this note.

    People wonder why there is so much violence in the world today. One reason is fathers are teaching their children how to kill innocent animals.

    When I saw that picture of the killing of beautiful, defenseless swans, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s just like the killing of a deer. The so-called man—I call him a wimp—stands in a tree-stand with corn on the ground and then shoots the deer when he eats. That again is murder, not hunting.

  • Why not save money?

    To the editor: During a conversation with the Brunswick County tax office, I asked what is the reason delinquent taxes are listed in the local papers. The answer: to reach taxpayers who have not received their tax notices by mail (bad addresses, lost in the mail, etc.) and hope neighbors or family will contact them.

    Question: And the advertising fee being added to their bill? Answer: It is only $1.

    Question: Who made the decision to assess this fee? Answer: It’s been done for years.

  • Plan stimulates concern, not economy

    To the editor: It seems President Obama had an economic stimulus plan that involves taxes after all. It’s just not taking the shape we assumed it would.

    Instead of attacking the problem by passing sweeping legislation that creates jobs and promotes economic growth, he is simply starting on a slightly smaller scale—one nominee at a time.

    While we all expected to see his tax plan come in the form of checks in the mail, it seems the checks are being written by his various cabinet nominees.

  • Are elected officials qualified?

    To the editor: The past week, Rep. Mike McIntyre and Sen. Kay Hagan voted for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill. President Barack Obama signed it into law as the second law of his administration.

    Like Medicaid, SCHIP is a partnership between the state and federal governments. The program basically provides medical insurance to children whose family income is below certain amounts.

  • The groundhog says: Six more weeks of winter await us

    Don’t put those sweaters away—according to old Punxsutawny Phil there’ll be six more weeks of winter.

    On Feb. 2, I turned on the morning news and watched as reporters were on location just outside the groundhog’s hole. There they were standing around, whispering—waiting for the groundhog to emerge from his hollow home.