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Today's Opinions

  • Uniforms would be a good idea for local schools to take into consideration

    In the community where I grew up and later became a newspaper reporter assigned to cover education, the two public school systems—one a city district and one for the county—are known for being progressive institutions of learning.

    They have drawn a lot of attention for adopting and fine-tuning a year-round education calendar that promotes learning in ways that appear to help young people retain knowledge, without facing the “summer slide.”

    Administrators were also forward thinkers when, years ago, both districts adopted strict dress-code policies.

  • Funding or not, keep the Transition Academy open

    It’s no secret Brunswick County Schools will be short more than $5 million during the next fiscal year.

    We know this means a potential loss of jobs, programs and services the district will be available to offer. It takes money to run a school district, and when the money isn’t there, cuts have to be made. It’s unavoidable.

    What should be avoidable and not in question is cutting funding for the Transition Academy, Brunswick County’s newest school that opened last August.

  • Skydiving is a safe sport

    To the editor: I wanted to comment that skydiving is a safe sport that is operated in an equally safe manner at numerous airports worldwide.

    I am 20 years old and have recently earned my A license at the Oconee County Regional Airport out of Clemson, S.C. We have a small area for our intended landing area, and it is a rare sight to see someone not make it there.

  • More work needed for autism

    To the editor: Children are the future of our nation. Early intervention for our special needs children is the key to a brighter future for these children.

    President Obama is backing the funding for research on autism. My son recently turned 2 years old. Just before his birthday, he was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. More specifically, he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder-NOS (not otherwise specified) and restrictive expressive language communication disorder.

  • Small businesses get help

    To the editor: Small business is the economic engine in our state, especially in difficult times, so I was pleased to see Gov. Beverly Perdue step up to the plate this week and include tax relief for small businesses in her proposed budget.

    Perdue understands the role of entrepreneurs and the importance of moving forward with tax cuts and credits to help small businesses.

  • Responds to issues in Calabash

    To the editor: Thank you, Commissioner Herman, for writing to the citizens of Calabash and with most respect to the town merchants. I am sure they all know your views of them by now and they all will probably get back to you soon.

    I have devoted more than 35 years of my life to this town. I have been in Calabash since 1973 when a group of mostly “merchants” first got together to incorporate the town. I have served as a volunteer fireman at Sunset Beach, in conjunction with Calabash when it was a volunteer department.

  • Child-care facilities should put kids first

    To the editor: In response to an editorial in an earlier edition of the Beacon, I was amazed anyone who deals with children every day would not want the child’s best interest at heart.

    I commend the grandparent for being professional in the manner that she was; however, the provider may need to realize the needs of a child is the first priority.

    I can honestly say, don’t stereotype child-care facilities. We are not all like this. We love all our

    children and treat each as individuals meeting all their needs.

  • We have long been at war

    To the editor: As most people now know, our nation is in serious trouble. It started many years ago when the international bankers got control of our money.

    One of the big bankers, Rothchild, stated: “Give me control of a nation’s money, and I don’t care who the King is.” In other words, he would control the nation’s leaders.

    This has been going on since 1913 when the so-called Federal Reserve was established. The international bankers create wars so they can finance both sides at a large rate of interest.