Today's Opinions

  • McIntyre attacking own party

    To the editor: Democrat Mike McIntyre is a disgrace to his party. He is attacking his own party leaders in political ads. He claims to be a Blue Dog Democrat, which supports the Republican agenda.

    Mike, your color is not blue but yellow. You voted against the healthcare bill, and you voted against some of the stimulus programs to help the country out of the financial collapse the Republican Party put us in.

  • What’s real?

    What’s real?

    To the editor:

    Let’s take a break, forget the difference between real and fake, oceans feed

    rivers that turn into lakes, the sun warms the earth to give rain a purpose,

    to moisturize the surface it talks softly to the seed so that the seed is not

    afraid to be the flower that feeds the bee, know that all life comes from the

    sea all life must breathe. We are only what we hate, this path chooses our

    fate, the difference between a full and empty plate, is whether you have the

  • Thanks for supporting taxpayers' interest

    To the editor: Just got home from the hospital and want to thank you for supporting the taxpayers. I have a new heart and you made it feel better…for attempting to help the many struggling families in our town who will be burdened by the sewer cost, the  “free” second fire station and now the council’s broken promise led by councilman Lou DeVita to buy the park without grant funding, including the land and construction cost.

    The park could cost taxpayers nearly $4.5 million dollars (excluding maintenance).

  • Don't use tax money for park

    To the editor: I am all for the historic preservation of our (old) Sunset Beach Bridge, as well as the proposed park. That said, I am opposed to forsaking a much needed boat ramp or in any fashion using tax dollars for this endeavor during these tough economic times for a “nice to have.”

    I’d much rather see the money used to pay the $8,000 or so it will cost each one of us to hook up to the sewer system I don’t remember voting for.

  • 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.