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Today's Opinions

  • There’s more about the radios

    To the editor:

    Re: Emergency Services Radios and Commissioners Reaction articles on Feb. 2 and 9 in the Beacon. 

    While both articles were well written, the headline suggested the county was spending too much on emergency radio systems.

    A little research revealed the following: Smart Link (old system) served its purpose. Like an eight-year-old computer, efficiency deteriorates and maintenance, upgrades and parts (if and when available) are just not cost-effective and the system was, in fact, nearing the end of its service life.

  • Move old bridge away from homes

    To the editor:

    As one drives down Shoreline Drive, you can see beautiful and expensive homes and the waterway, all of which have enhanced our town. With the addition of the new bridge, Sunset Beach has grown and is moving in the right direction.

    I drive this route several times each week and note traffic on Shoreline Drive is heavy with visitors passing through and others headed to and from golf courses. When I come out the southern entrance of Sea

  • Sunset-Gate?

    To the editor:

    In the complaint against Sunset Beach’s lead building inspector by the N.C. Code Officials Qualification Board, the town’s employee “did not deny the allegations and further admitted to being compensated for the work done.” 

    Furthermore, the state investigator conclusions are “sufficient to justify a hearing to determine if (Jeff) Curtis is guilty of willful misconduct, gross negligence, or gross incompetence.” 

    Just a few questions and thoughts:

  • Trust in Jesus

    To the editor:

    Illegal prescription drug use is on the rise and has moved ahead of heroin and cocaine in Brunswick County. Why do people feel the need to use drugs to escape the reality of life? Billy Graham said once that we are all created with a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts that only God can fill.

    When we come under the influence of drugs, we are trying to run away from God. We are attempting to drown out any emptiness or guilt that is associated with godlessness.

  • I call this ‘sensible’

    To the editor:

    For those worried by Eric Edgerton’s “death panels” letter, both agencies he mentioned deal with the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Not euthanasia, just care. 

    Mr. Edgerton fears one agency will produce a cost-effectiveness and life expectancy ratio “to determine what treatment will be given to the patient.” I certainly hope so. 

  • Congratulations to West cast, crew

    To the editor:

    Congratulations to the entire cast, crew, and supporters responsible for the West Brunswick High School Black History Month celebration, “Showtime at the Apollo.” We couldn’t have enjoyed it more. The talent and enthusiasm were a joy. Thanks also to The Brunswick Beacon for the enthusiastic publicity spread which impelled us to attend.

    Laura Bradt

    Ocean Isle Beach

     

                 

  • Earthquake? Sonic boom? Seneca guns? Nope, just Smith Avenue

    My office is violently shaking while I write this. 

    If I weren’t so accustomed to it, I may worry it were an earthquake. 

    If I weren’t so used to it, I may wonder if some jet just left a sonic boom in its wake.

    If I weren’t so familiar with my monitor shaking while I read and write, I might be more interested in trying to find out exactly what the Seneca guns are and why they fire so frequently in Brunswick County.

  • Valuable community programs help those with cancer

    In a few months, more than a thousand people are expected to show up at West Brunswick High School to honor and remember cancer survivors and victims as part of Brunswick County Relay for Life 2011.

    Across the community, volunteers are working hard to raise funds for the event. From fun and games to meals, community members are raising money that will ultimately go to the American Cancer Society. That money will be used to fund research and support programs for those with cancer.