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Today's Opinions

  • County hit it out of the park

    To the editor:How unusual for the Beacon’s headline to read: “No county tax increase, no new fees.”

    I feel blessed to be living in a place where “tax and spend” is not the core belief of our local government leadership.

    The psychology of our nationwide economy is causing paranoia and severe distrust of big government, and for good reason. As a result, our stock market is floundering as the people look for solid leadership and some positive economic news.

  • Wake up, Washington

    To the editor: With the worst environmental disaster this country has ever encountered already over a month old, one must ask: “What has this government administration done to shut off the flow of oil...to plug the leak?”

    It is obvious BP cannot do it alone. It appears we have the typical Washington crowd (mostly politicians) either placing blame, pointing fingers, or holding unending meetings, hearings and studies to determine how this all happened and what is transpiring.

  • What was once ‘outrageous’ soon becomes cute and quaint

    It’s funny the way the public perceives elements of popular culture changes over time.

    As a child, I hated “hippie” style music because it seemed so dated. Instead, I enjoyed dancing to disco. Then, when that became passé, I began to sit down and enjoy “hippie” music and folk-rock, because it was once again popular.

  • Early College High School is providing unique opportunities for area students

    It has been an intense four years for some Brunswick County students.

    Since 2006, students in Brunswick County’s Early College High School program have been studying their high school curriculum while at the same time exploring life in college.

    By taking college-level courses at Brunswick Community College, students have the opportunity to finish high school while earning a college-level associate’s degree—in just four years.

  • Little lockboxes and a whole lot of trust from small businesses in Brunswick County

    The first time I saw it, I was on my way to a northeastern part of the county.

    My husband had seen it before me. He couldn’t believe it and he wanted me to see it too.

    “Check this out,” he said, pulling into a small produce stand off a busy road.

    We got out of the car and walked over. No one was there, but there was plenty of seasonal produce available. Nearby was a locked box. There was a sign directing people to insert payment into the box.

    “An honor box?” I asked, bewildered.

  • What’s the future of healthcare?

    To the editor: I recently contracted poison ivy and developed cellulitis while traveling. I went to a clinic near Dallas, and was told they were not accepting Medicare patients. I offered to pay for treatment but was denied.

    I then went into another clinic and was told they already had three people waiting and I could not been seen.

    Next, I went to a clinic where I was told they were not accepting Medicare patients even though I also had Tri Care for Life (military retiree) and credit cards.

  • Liked Operation Inasmuch event

    To the editor: On April 24, I went to an event at New Beginnings Community Church on N.C.130. It was entitled Operation Inasmuch.

    I understand it was statewide event. I was just amazed at what I saw here. It was a free give-away with clothing, furniture, appliances, lunch—just anything you could name. Also they had free dental and medical services.

  • Students free to be who they want to be in Jessie Mae art class

    Although I have always had an appreciation for art itself, it was one medium beyond my capabilities. Artwork for me never amounted to much more than a doodle of a flower in my notebook or bubble letters scrawled across the brown paper bag wrapped loosely around my algebra textbook.