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Today's Opinions

  • Where is my job?

    By Michele Johnson
    Beacon Intern

    For many recent college graduates, finding a job is becoming more difficult than ever imagined. Many students who walk across that stage are filled with hope and anticipation of going out into the world and “making it,” only to be shot down at every turn.

    The question on our minds: “Why can’t I find a job?”

  • Naturalization ceremony brings new enthusiasm for Fourth of July events

    I’ve always loved the Fourth of July. I love fireworks, the festival in Southport and the time away from work. But this year, I gained a new appreciation for the Fourth of July as I watched the naturalization ceremony.

  • Congressman responds to editorial

    A recent editorial regarding the newly established Veterans Outreach clinic in Brunswick County clearly forgot the famous words from the beloved Thanksgiving song that says “Count your blessings; name them one-by-one.”

    Indeed, let’s count our blessings and the victories for our veterans:

    1) Brunswick County veterans were turned down twice by the VA until our petition was granted in 2004. After several bureaucratic and budgetary delays, our veterans’ concerns were finally heard by the VA in our summit on April 7 in Supply.

  • Congratulations on 50 years, Winnabow VFD

    This weekend the Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate 50 years of service to Brunswick County.

    It is an important milestone for a giving group of volunteers who do their best to aid citizens in need and help in times of danger.

    This weekend, fire officials will celebrate with an open house at the fire department, 161 Governor’s Road in Winnabow.

  • County will need to tackle countywide recycling issue

    In a smart fiscal move, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has decided to hold off on a possible countywide curbside recycling initiative until next year.

    In light of the slow economy and knowing the county has already had to retighten its belt because of budget constraints, this was a wise decision for this fiscal year.However, as Brunswick County continues to grow and its options for traditional landfill locations dwindle, it only makes sense that in the near future officials will have to tackle this endeavor.

  • Oil avengers: McIntyre, Pantano take on oil spill response

    They both want to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and now, two House candidates want to fix, or at the very least, criticize the response to the BP oil spill.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., the seven-term Lumberton incumbent, will host an oil spill preparedness meeting next week to “discuss the recent deepwater spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the need for North Carolina to be prepared for potential ramifications from that spill.”

  • Going a bit bananas and nuts over a little-known regional delight

    What do you get when you takea banana, roll it in mayo and then cover it with crushed peanuts?

    If you’re not from central Kentucky like me and you do that, or ask someone about it, they may think you’re as nuts as those you’re rolling on the banana.

    Or maybe I'm bananas?

    Maybe.

    Ahh, but so is the story of the much-disrespected banana croquette.

    I grew up on this delight. At back-home get-togethers, they go quickly.

  • Open letter to people of Shallotte

    To the editor:Once again, you have made it a pleasure to drive down Main Street.

    The railing boxes holding the beautiful flowers and the hanging baskets from the telephone poles are a nice touch that adds to our trips to town to shop and dine.

    And they are so well tended too, as I see people watering them frequently.

    Keep up the beautification.

    Hayden and Pat O’Neil

    Ocean Isle Beach