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Today's Opinions

  • Liked Operation Inasmuch event

    To the editor: On April 24, I went to an event at New Beginnings Community Church on N.C.130. It was entitled Operation Inasmuch.

    I understand it was statewide event. I was just amazed at what I saw here. It was a free give-away with clothing, furniture, appliances, lunch—just anything you could name. Also they had free dental and medical services.

  • Students free to be who they want to be in Jessie Mae art class

    Although I have always had an appreciation for art itself, it was one medium beyond my capabilities. Artwork for me never amounted to much more than a doodle of a flower in my notebook or bubble letters scrawled across the brown paper bag wrapped loosely around my algebra textbook.

  • Homeless man had local roots

    When Phillip Riley died in mid-March, he was homeless, living mostly in the woods and relying on the kindness of strangers who gave him food, clothing, a sleeping bag and a Bible.

    Cookie Weber of Longs, S.C., befriended the 47-year-old man after he started showing up for free meals at her South Carolina church, Little River United Methodist, just across the state line.

  • Animal services decision unacceptable

    To the editor: In response to the article “Brunswick County Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly” that appeared in the May 13 edition of the Beacon, it is unacceptable that the county health director would fail to pursue graduated licensure just because a small group of hunters showed up to object to the idea.

  • Surf It, Save It: N.C. Aquarium to present its first surf festival June 5-6

    Ever watch a surfing documentary like “Endless Summer” or even a silly beach party movie like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and wonder what it would be like to surf the big waves? Are you a local surfer who would love to know more about the history and culture of the sport?

    I’ve spent most of my summers in or near the ocean, but I’ve never quite had the guts to stand on a board. (Boogie boarding beats me up enough.) It’s a beautiful sport to watch, though, and someday, I’ll get the nerve to give it a try.

  • Another life cut too short by drunk driving in Brunswick

    Last Friday night, one woman’s life ended much too early. Her life was full of promise and talent. A bright, friendly person, she touched the lives of many.
    Now Satu Harris’s life has been cut short—the result of an inexcusable act. Satu was killed by a drunk driver.
    I first met Satu when she was a student, working nights at Bogey’s restaurant on Oak Island. I had dinner with my family at Bogey’s several times a month.

  • Brunswick residents share tales of heartache for animal companions

    Some Brunswick County animal lovers are grieving after beloved animals were hurt, and in one case died, right before their eyes.

    Last week, Shallotte Point resident Bill Alexander wrote telling the horrible tale of what happened to his little dog Sable. The 13-pound pooch had been a beloved member of the Alexander family for about eight years.

    Last week, on a Sunday afternoon, Bill and Sable were standing at the end of his driveway. Sable was on a leash, which Bill was holding.

  • Sheriff, district attorney and clerk of court should be nonpartisan races

    During the May primary election season, two of the more-heated and more-interesting races were for Brunswick County Sheriff and the district attorney that serves our county.

    In the Republican race for sheriff, current sheriff John Ingram was challenged by North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Daniels. Ingram defeated Daniels to be the Republican sheriff candidate in November.

    On the Democratic side, it was the race of the Lewises as Rendy Lewis challenged and ultimately defeated Louie Lewis for the Democratic spot on the November General Election ballot.