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Today's Opinions

  • Hurricane season is rapidly approaching

    Brunswick County residents mark your calendars for June 1 and get ready to batten down the hatches.

    In just a few days hurricane season officially begins and weather watchers will be keeping their eyes on systems developing off the coast.

    The folks with Brunswick County Emergency Services (BCES) are getting prepared. They’re developing a new Web site with crucial emergency information resources like emergency alerts, maps and more.

  • Community newspapers thrive by telling life stories from beginning to end

    In her opinion column this week on page 5A, Beacon staff writer Caroline Curran reflects on her past three years with this newspaper and shares some of the things she’s learned along her journey.

    One of the points she makes is that every person has a story. What a joy it is for editors when their writers embrace that notion! In community newspapers like The Brunswick Beacon, we focus on telling the life stories of people who live, work and grow up in this community.

  • Life's lessons learned during reporter's third year at the Beacon

    It’s hard to believe I’ve been at the Beacon for three years. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at my first county commissioners meeting, trying to make sense of the county budget on my first day on the job.

  • Support the president

    To the editor: Now that the change the American voters voted for has finally arrived, let us display our appreciation by supporting our elected official, President Barack Obama.

    Let us support him with our prayers, cooperation and advice when necessary. Let’s forget his wearing apparel, religion and skin color and support him when he’s right and pray for him when he’s wrong.

    I admonish all of us to pray for our elected officials that they will serve politically, religiously and without bias.

  • Thanks for bike event

    To the editor: I would like to thank the Shallotte town commissioners for approving permits for Beach House Harley Davidson during Bike Week 2009 and not allowing the ignorant, negative opinions sway their decision; however, I was offended by comments in a previous letter to the editor that urged the town to deny those permits.

    I felt the letter, in part, insinuated people who ride motorcycles get drunk and disorderly, gather to stir trouble and engage in “adult entertainment.” To me, it was discriminating against bikers.

  • Good job, SMS

    To the editor: As a parent of students that attend Shallotte Middle I have heard bad things that have happened but not today.

    I had given my time last week to be a proctor for the end of the testing. I had a chance to be in all three grade levels, and to the students, you are great.

    My hats off to the great staff they have now at Shallotte Middle. The kids should be proud to have such a wonderful support team.

    I have never felt more welcomed by staff, teachers and students as I did these past three days.

  • America is having change, but into what?

    To the editor: Obama wants to give illegal immigrants Social Security. He wants to cut yours for those not paying into it and who should not be here.

    The administration wants states to pay for keeping illegal immigrant lawbreakers in jail. They wouldn’t be here unless the government allowed it.

    The administration has a strange preoccupation with protecting enemy combatants and keeping them comfortable while perpetuating the killing of babies by abortion.

  • Does 'zero tolerance' mean 'zero common sense?'

    While the world goes crazy all around us—drugs and killings and wars and poverty—it’s nice to know academic professionals are there to keep us safe from eyebrow tweezers and nail clippers.

    Catch the sarcasm yet?

    I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that another school district has used the “Safe School Act,” as a reason to suspend and expel a perfectly well behaved, high-achieving student.