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Today's Opinions

  • Entertaining distractions make trips a little more bearable

    I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for portable DVD players. Now the trick is to make headphones a little more comfortable.

    I say this as a parent who recently returned from a long vacation with an excitable, lively 8-year-old in the backseat.

    For my family, the player has become a big help—although certainly not the final answer to car boredom. If someone comes up with that, I’ll buy it.

  • Designer says farewell as she moves on to other opportunities

    Writing for a newspaper was all I had dreamed about doing since I was a little girl. I imagined myself sitting at a desk in my own little cubicle, with my fingers racing across a keyboard, just as I am doing now. Since February of 2007, I have lived my childhood dream here at the Beacon.

    My career in the newspaper business started when I was 19 years old. I attended UNC-Charlotte and livedwith my parents in Statesville. Like many other college kids, I worked waiting tables.

  • Supports MacCallum

    To the editor:

    The election of our next Clerk of Superior Court is worth caring about. This position is important, so I wish to voice my support for Jim MacCallum for this position.

    Not long after meeting Jim, I recognized his leadership qualities. We first met when Jim asked for my involvement with one of his favorite charities. I was immediately impressed with how much Jim does for our community. Yet, unless involved yourself, you might not be aware of all he does, as he generally does not seek out kudos. He just does it for the joy of giving.

  • Visitor will come back

    To the editor:

    People say it’s hard to find good help or someone to help. After recent events, I do not agree.

    My husband and I were on vacation in Holden Beach recently, a much-needed vacation, when we began having car problems. A car problem in a strange place equals a major stressor, but we certainly did find a person to help.

  • Integrity for those who served

    To the editor:

    Although I don’t know where Mr. John Difloure is coming from when he calls Congressman McIntyre “Pelosi’s lapdog,” I do have to agree with him that the McIntyre mailing is nothing more than a slick agency-created campaign piece. The small type “Veterans Newsletter” doesn’t fool anyone. So give the money back, Mike.

  • Council woman apologizes

    To the editor:

    I would like to extend an open apology to the shop owners and congregants who attend services in Pelican Square.

    In retrospect, my attempt to use humor to make a point was not the best approach I could have employed. I recognize and applaud the contributions each of the establishments make to Sunset Beach and no disrespect to their efforts was intended.

    My goal is to improve the facade and general look of Pelican Square for the benefit of the town and the establishments in the Square.

  • Park will be good for the community

    To the editor:

    My husband and I have owned a house on Sunset Beach Island for the last 35 years. We’ve been through many a real estate boom and bust. Inevitably they happen in a resort area like this every 10 to 20 years, and almost always coincide with a serious national recession.

    The local communities that emerge best from these uncertain periods are those that manage to retain their vision for their future and act accordingly. Economic contractions are treated as opportunities to buy when everyone else is selling.

  • Excited about bridge preservation options

    To the editor:

    For the past few weeks, the Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society has been working to save our iconic swing bridge as a piece of our history and a symbol of our town. At times, the challenge seemed daunting.

    On Aug. 12, the Sunset Beach Town Council found a path to agreement and a way to save the historic swing bridge.

    After extensive discussion and the expression of many opinions, the voices of residents, property owners and visitors were heard.