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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you Brunswick County

    SHALLOTTE—Some local business owners want the town’s board of aldermen to show more “speed and enthusiasm” about re-opening portions of Holden Beach Road.

    At the board of aldermen’s regular December meeting, the board began a discussion but recessed until Dec. 15 to host a workshop focused on finding a more immediate solution to business owners’ needs on Business 130.

  • Time’s up, Mr. Warren

    Time’s up, commissioner Charles Warren.
    You’ve had ample time to prove you can handle your role on the county’s Department of Social Services board—a role you’ve so desperately clung to you’ve even violated the county’s code of ethics in doing so.
    You so badly wanted to prove you could helm the board as chairman you were even censured by your fellow commissioners. In fact, you couldn’t even be bothered to show up for your own censure hearing.

  • Many people help BFA

    To the editor:
    An amazing collection of individuals gave up their personal time to make Christmas happen for 2,501 children and senior adults in 685 households. Volunteers worked long hours every day for three weeks to set up distribution sites. If you have never experienced the process, it takes a lot of work.

  • Fire response draws gratitude

    To the editor:
    My hat’s off to all volunteers who responded to the Holden Beach fire during the wee hours on a cold winter morning. The response time of nine minutes for a bunch of unpaid firefighters (volunteers) is excellent by anyone’s standards.
    People on the island who worried about getting to their necessary appointments on time due to fire hoses blocking roads need to “get a life.”

  • Bus program cost-effective

    To the editor:
    Last week’s editorial minimized the difficult task of recruiting and retaining qualified school bus drivers. Many of the assertions of the editorial were not factually based and downplayed what remains a critical personnel issue.
    Brunswick County Schools conducts five bus driver training classes annually. Average attendance at these training sessions, which are publicized through the Employment Security Commission and local businesses and churches, is 22.

  • Truth in Christmas

    To the editor:
    If we Christians were not so defensive about Santa Claus, lighted trees, gifts aplenty and wise men at the manger, we might come to believe that the anti-Christmasites are doing a great service to the Truth of Christ, for much of the traditional American Christmas story is not truth, but myth.

  • Thanks for assistance

    To the editor:
    I just want to thank the Southeast North Carolina (SENC) Mustang Club members for their most gracious gift of $700 to a woman who is battling liver cancer.
    I told them about my former neighbor diagnosed more than a year ago. Her husband lost his job due to the economy, their house went into foreclosure, and they are now living in a rental with three teenagers.

  • New vision in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    In the Dec. 15 edition of the Beacon, staff writer Laura Lewis wrote about the new mayor of Sunset Beach. I would like to commend Ms. Lewis for this article. She gave a very fair assessment of Mr. Cerrato and his vision for Sunset Beach.
    Unfortunately, in the state of North Carolina, referendums for purchasing land, construction of new buildings, etc., are not required.