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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Have an action plan

    Successful people or are usually goal-oriented. Dr. Martin Luther King was a goal-oriented person; he had a specific goal and some clearly defined objectives and a solid action plan to achieve his goal.

    He was not afraid of listening to different ideas of men and women who were accomplished in their right. He surrounded himself with strong capable associates.

  • What happened to humanity and the decree to ‘love thy neighbor’?

    People often refer to the past as “the good ol’ days”—times when things moved slower, technology had less necessity in our lives, and neighbors called upon one another in times of need.

    What has happened to that? Why is it in this fast-paced, technology-driven, I-don’t-have-to-acknowledge-you-because-something-electronic-is-flashing-in-my-hands era have we lost sight of one of the most basic human values?