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Today's Opinions

  • Little boy’s struggle shows adults real meaning of hope, love

    He sits in the floor, playing with a pile of toy trains. Mimicking their movement on whatever surface his little hands can reach, he giggles and laughs.

    In the distance, he hears the sound of a real train on a far-off track. He stops. His eyes light up as he moves his hand toward his mouth. Taking a deep breath in he blows out, echoing the sound of its distant whistle.

    A huge smile spreads across his face, and he laughs again.

  • Children’s passion for politics may mean things will look better in the future

    For the past few months, it’s been nothing but heated debates, passionate speeches, countless questions about each presidential candidate’s plan for healthcare and a desire to discuss all things McCain and Obama.

    And all of this has happened inside a fifth-grade classroom.

    My sister teaches these students in her Indiana school and said it’s surprising how interested her students are in this year’s General Election.

    This is not unique to her classroom, as every fifth grader at Supply Elementary School has shown the same interest.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance needs your help now

    For 27 years Brunswick Family Assistance has helped Brunswick County families by making sure they don’t go hungry or get cold and have a place to live.

    It’s been a difficult journey—one spurred on by a dedicated staff, a devoted board of directors and countless giving community volunteers.

  • Making the right choice in an election can be a complicated thing to do

    By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    OK, since it’s over, I can admit it. Throughout this election season, I was one of those voters who didn’t know exactly what buttons I was going to push on the voter screen.

    I’ve heard conversations about it in my office, on television and in the general public.

    “How could you not know?” people asked.

  • Early voting is indeed a privilege

    Laura Lewis 

    “We just went and voted!” Beacon cohorts Kathryn Jacewicz and Sarah Shew Wilson crowed last week upon returning to the newsroom from one-stop voting at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte.

    There were no lines, no hassles, no broken-down machines, they gloated.

  • Fraud destroys romance and endangers election credibility

    By John Heidtke

    Guest Columnist

    Truth can be inconvenient

    During 1961, I was dating a young lady from my church where both families were members. The relationship developed to a point where a “friendship ring” is given by the man to signify his good intentions.

    I was scrubbing floors and washing windows for a living. A ring was priced as much as my entire month’s income. I couldn’t afford it.

  • Denture rage somehow makes headlines

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    Ever since the sad yet somehow fascinating “woman stuck to the toilet seat” story captured my attention back in the spring, I’ve been trying to cut down on the number of columns I write commenting on “weird, wacky news.”

    I thought it would be disrespectful to try and top that one.

    Well, it’s been about eight months now, so I just have to use this opportunity to comment on another bizarre incident in the news.

  • Congrats to the Phillies

    To the editor:

    After a 46-hour delay, the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series in a close 4-3 game.

    Yes, they have lost in the past and faced problems and adversity, but this time, they worked hard and earned the right to be called the world champions and justly so.

    I want to also congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays on a series well played. A fresh, young team, they too justly deserved the right to be in the series for all of the hard work they put into their season.