Today's Opinions

  • ’Twas the night before…

    ’Twas the night before Christmas all through Brunswick County
    but only a few were enjoying their bounty.
    Those with property taxes just raised
    were preparing their checks as they sat around dazed.
    Commissioners though were filled with such glee
    they cherished their largesse as they sat by their tree.
    The county was broke we were led to believe
    to handle expenses was hard to conceive.
    While our stockings are hung by the chimney with care
    we know in the morning they’ll still be quite bare.

  • How about Confused Critical Collection of Seniors?

    To the editor:
    The popularity contest is over. Carolina Shores has chosen a new group of commissioners, or were they chosen for them?
    We have a new mayor, who as a commissioner, displayed at best poor manners and at worst a total disrespect of a resident of the community. When you are confronted with criticism and a difference of opinion, walking out at a meeting is not a reasonable response.
    I remember a statement by Harry Truman that said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

  • Let there be (Christmas) lights

    Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. The smell of pine in my nose and the dazzle of Christmas lights twinkling in my eye make my soul jump.

    I have always been enamored by decadent holiday light displays. They beckon many fond memories of my childhood.

    Over the years, my father toyed with outdoor lights from the multicolored to the classic white, but nothing says home for the holidays like the candles in the window and the spotlighted wreath on the front door of my parents’ home.

  • Kathy Haley

    Kathy Ann Massey Haley, 62, of Supply and formerly of Eden, passed away early Saturday morning Nov. 26, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
    Kathy was born on Oct. 24, 1949, in Leaksville, a daughter of Jacqueline T. Harvey and the late Paul Massey. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a supervisor of city delivery.

  • Shame on you, litterbugs

    To the editor:
    I happened to be in the line in front of Belk in the early hours of Black Friday with family members.
    Yes, we were cold and enjoyed talking to neighbors, sharing our chair and discussing our soon-to-be purchases. The police presence was comforting, but sad they had to be summoned.
    When Kathy Callison came out to announce the door would be opening in 10 minutes, we were ecstatic. She is always a welcome sight at Belk. The first 250 customers would receive a gift card.

  • Commissioners got a raise, too

    To the editor:
    Re: “Commissioners approve one-time bonuses for county employees” in last week’s edition.
    Beacon staff writer Caroline Curran informed the public the commissioners unanimously voted to spend more than $1 million on bonuses for county employees. What this article failed to mention is these “public servants” also unanimously voted themselves $1,000 each, the same amount the full-time employees received who were on the job before Jan 1, 2011.

  • Thanks for a great OIB flotilla

    To the editor:
    Last weekend, we sat on our backyard deck with several of our friends and neighbors and watched the Ocean Isle Beach flotilla.
    Everyone was surprised at how professional every boat looked, and how well organized the program was.
    I do not know who organized this flotilla, or who the participants were, but some people put in a lot of time getting this all together, and every participant had to have spent a lot of painstaking hours getting these boats ready for this event.

  • Inadvertently or not, commissioners pulled one over on the public

    At their Nov. 21 meeting, Brunswick County commissioners approved a one-time bonus for county employees.
    While they commended employees for hard work, commissioners were mum on saying those bonuses also included payments to each and every one of them.
    That’s right, the same board taxpayers expressed frustration with last year for pocketing $50 each time they attended a meeting—and some of them attended lots of “meetings”— gave themselves a nice thousand-dollar cash bonus for the work they’ve done.