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Today's Opinions

  • N.C.: Saying goodbye to a toxic friend?

    If it passes the Senate, the bill outlawing smoking in public places will become a historic law in North Carolina, the state that built itself on tobacco farming.

    I probably would not be here today if not for tobacco. Farming this cash crop in central North Carolina is how my grandfather made his living and how he put my mother through college. My mom’s first job out of school brought her to Brunswick County, which is how she met my dad. The rest, as they say, is history.

    But I’m not the only one with a generational connection to tobacco.

  • Inmate plan could work

    To the editor: I just read the article regarding Sheriff Ingram pondering having inmates work at county animal shelters. I really think that is a wonderful idea.

    I see these young inmates working on the sides of the roads with litter pickup. They do a great job, but I really wish residents would extend a little courtesy toward them and stop throwing their litter out of their cars after these young ones clean it up.

  • Global warming ponderings

    To the editor: Regardless of your current position on global warming, please consider one simple mental exercise that will allow you to put this political and financial issue into proper perspective.

  • Thanks for help

    To the editor: Yes, there are wonderful citizens in your county. One of them simply has the first name Dawn and drives a dark colored 4WD.

    On Saturday, I accidentally mislaid my paperwork after attending the county’s education job fair on top of my car and drove off. The next thing I knew, papers were flying everywhere.

  • Plan ahead for severe weather; you don’t know when it might strike

    Flashlight? Check.

    Weather radio? Check.

    Cell phone complete with up-to-the-minute weather text alerts? Check.

    Twenty-four-hour-weather station tuned in so I can absorb the three-hour Doppler loop while I sleep? Check.

    Last Friday and Saturday, I huddled on the couch, watching the storms swirl through the southeastern United States heading for the North Carolina coast. No, it wasn’t a hurricane I was worried about—it was the possibility of tornadoes and lightning.

  • Special programs are key to graduation success

    In light of far too much bad news lately about education budget cuts and the possible impact those cuts will have on local schools, it is good to see a point of hope emerge recently in education—dropout rates in Brunswick County are decreasing.

  • Realtor doesn’t speak for all

    To the editor:

    I know your readers remember the letter to the editor Brad Vanderburg, manager of Century 21 Sunset Realty, wrote a few weeks ago regarding Mary Ann Bechtel opening her own business in the article a “Leap of Faith.”

    Let me say empathically Vanderburg did not speak for me. The things he said were unprofessional for someone who is a manager of a real estate office.

  • Thanks for being a good citizen

    To the editor: I’m writing this to congratulate Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach for her doing her duty as a conscientious citizen.

    Her letter to the Beacon (March 19) demonstrated the frustration of a taxpayer when trying to get a politician (Sen. Kay Hagan) to respond to a simple request for information about certain outrageous actions by those in Washington.

    The stimulus package was extremely bad for our country and the way Hagan’s office treated this woman is a sign of how arrogant our elected officials have become.