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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Doesn’t support gay marriage

    To the editor:

    Last week, a majority of citizens in Florida and California rightfully voted they had had enough of the threat of gay marriage and voted to amend their state constitutions to make the practice of men marrying men and women marrying women unconstitutional.

    They are outraged their wishes are not universally accepted and wanted, so they are now on a rampage to force their style down our throats. They are outraged the people of these states are not progressive enough and have voted only to allow sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

  • Satirical idea

    To the editor: Were I a political cartoonist I would ink a vision of president-elect Barack Obama’s promised “change” thusly: A dark and dreary wintry setting reveals Obama, shovel in hand, standing astride opened graves in the Bill Clinton Memorial Cemetery.

    The following names would appear etched on the headstones over several opened graves: Rahm Emanuel, Madeline Albright, Robert Reich, Greg Craig, Ron Klain, and Mona Sutphen.

    A caption on the cartoon would read: “I thought you stiffs would enjoy a ‘change’.”