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Today's Opinions

  • Memorial service offers hope for victims touched by tragedies

    I sat quietly as the names scrolled across the big screen in the front of the church. Some names I didn’t recognize, but most names I did.

    The names were names of those lost to murder, drunk driving and domestic violence, and the gravity of the evening was not lost on this reporter. Many of the names I recognized because I had reported on their deaths.

    I knew when and how these victims were taken from their families, but for the first times in many of their stories, I saw the people left behind in the wake of their senseless deaths.

  • Input needed for future county parks and recreation plans

    At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

    The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

    If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

  • Thanks for help for food pantry

    What comes to mind when you hear the words, “second harvest?”

    A second crop that comes to maturity directly on the heels of a previous one? People picking leftover crops still in the fields after mechanical harvesting?

    Either way you’d be correct but, there is a third definition for Second Harvest, one that does not get the acknowledgement it so richly deserves.

    Second Harvest also means the practice of distributing “soon to outdate” foods directly to local food pantries.

  • Dude, where’s my space car?

    All of us older than, say 35, remember the terrific Hanna Barbera cartoon, “The Jetsons,” which told the story of a family of futuristic space dwellers who pushed buttons to get what they wanted and zoomed around in awesome-looking spaceships to get everywhere.

    The Jetsons also had a robot maid to take care of house cleaning, although it didn’t require a whole lot of work.

  • Height limits at Sunset Beach

    To the editor: Regarding the subject article in the Nov. 20 issue of the Beacon, I believe there may be an appropriate time to consider easing the 40-foot height restriction for building at Sunset Beach.

    We should all hope such consideration wouldn’t occur before the year 3008. We trust the people responsible won’t forget the things that make Sunset Beach so special.

  • Yorktown survivor to celebrate 90 years

    To the editor: Clyde McCrackin survived the attack on the Yorktown during the battle of Midway in 1942. More than 2,400 of the 2,800 crewmen were rescued from the ship before it sank June 7, 1942.

    The Yorktown survivors were brought back to Pearl Harbor in secret and taken to a camp at the end of the island where they stayed for four months. They did not want anyone to know the ship had sunk.

    McCrackin was a farmer in Brunswick County for more than 45 years. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Nov. 29 at his home on Ash-Little River Road.

  • Unhappy with police department

    To the editor: On Nov. 18 at 3:42 p.m., I received a call from someone claiming to be with a police protection agency. They were trying to get me to send them money to help “enrolled police officers.”

    We do not talk to people about donations of any kind over the telephone and told them to

    send literature by mail and we would check it out and decide whether to send money or

    not. They hung up immediately.

  • Hospice plans workshops to offer help with grief during the holidays

    Staring at the remnants of once carefully wrapped gift boxes, my mother did her best to stay caught up in the excitement of Christmas morning.

    She affectionately watched as my fingers tore through paper, tape and box corners, nodding at me as I smiled when I pulled out the gifts inside.