Today's Opinions

  • Obama and the plan in Afghanistan

    To the editor:

    The top U.S. Marine general in Afghanistan said President Barack Obama’s announced July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing troops from the country had given “sustenance” to the Taliban.

  • Emergency radio system improvements must be a priority

    Some emergency service personnel have expressed concerns about the functionality of the county’s Smart Link radio system.

    They say there have been issues with the system not working properly inside enclosed buildings.

    That’s not acceptable.

    Emergency service personnel put their lives on the line every day to keep each and every one of us safe. It is imperative their equipment—especially their communication devices—work properly.

  • As long as we’re somewhere in the middle, we’re probably where we need to be

    I signed into Facebook recently and found a number of my friends had recently “liked” the page called “Being Conservative.”

    I clicked on the list and perused the names of those who were enthusiastic about giving a social media network a glimpse into their political opinions.

    “Hmm, what about ‘Being Liberal’?” I wondered.

    I typed it into the search bar and soon a list of “Being Liberal” Facebook pages was returned.

  • Stay calm and be prepared with a plan during hurricane season

    Hurricane season is under way.

    And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a storm brewing in the Atlantic—they call her Danielle—and she is a full-fledged tropical storm.

    The good news is they think she is staying clear of our coast.

    Locals are probably thinking, “No big deal.” But to me, a southern transplant who’s still relatively new to the whole hurricane concept, the H-word still makes me cringe just a tiny bit.

  • Summertime—and reunions bloom easy

    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone is planning a reunion.

    Locally, both classes of ’55 (as in 1955) from the old Union and Shallotte high schools recently reunited at Jerome’s Steak & Seafood in Shallotte for their respective 55th reunions.

    That’s noteworthy.

    I was cordially invited to both, but cordially declined because I’m not 55 yet.

    Besides, I had my own upcoming, better-late-than-never reunion to worry about and, honestly, how many of these can a body take every five to 10 years?

  • Pantano an honest candidate

    To the editor: Barbara Stanley neglected to mention that charges against Pantano were dropped after autopsies confirmed the Iraqi insurgents were shot in self-defense. This was a war.

    Perhaps the prisoners Breazeale took submitted to him. Brazeale and Stanley didn’t stare into the eyes of insurgents who ignored Pantano’s warnings and (armed or not) wanted him dead. War is ugly as we all know, but sometimes necessary.

  • Focus on Health

    To the editor: Brunswick Community Hospital offers a program called Focus on Health on the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. meeting room with a doctor or other medical personnel.

    This program is excellent. It is usually advertised on the front page of the Beacon the week before with the person who is speaking and what
    they are speaking about.

  • Wilson serving admirably

    To the editor: I am writing to say that Cheryl Cheers Wilson is and has been serving effectively, admirably and energetically as our Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court since she was elected in 2006. If you’ve dealt with her office, you may have had a no-stress experience as I did after my husband passed away, and then again after a friend passed away. She guides a well-run and courteous ship.