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Today's Opinions

  • Lost glasses found in surf

    To the editor: King Neptune or the Little Mermaid must have helped Eric Amos from Durham find his glasses after he lost them in the ocean off Ocean Isle Beach.

    He was playing around with his son when his glasses were tossed into the ocean. He could not see a thing and went back to his motel and rested for a while. Then he went to the Second Street Grill and tried to see the menu to order something to eat and then left and went back to the ocean about a mile down and was again playing with his son, who said, “Dad, there are your glasses!”

  • The details are in the budget

    To the editor: Mayor Anthony Clemmons commented at the budget hearing the state only requires 8 percent of the budget amount to be in reserve while knowing the recommendation for the 20 coastal counties is 30 percent.

    He’d like us to believe Calabash had “probably” 100 percent in reserve.

    The fact is, last year’s budget message stated 65 percent in reserve, down from the previous year’s 75 percent.

    This year’s budget message gave no information.

  • Think more about terminal groins

    To the editor: Your June 10 edition reported that efforts to legalize terminal groins likely would fail this year and that one groin proponent says “we’ll have to start with another bill at another time.”

    If these predictions come true, it is hoped groin proponents will carefully consider the damage to beaches down-drift of the groins. Also, elected public officials should recognize the inevitable need to raise property taxes to construct and maintain the groins without state or federal funds.

  • Local history is right at your fingertips

    I recently had the opportunity to interview Southport history expert Larry Maisel about his new book “Before We Were Quaint,” covering some of the forgotten, less-than-savory history of the popular riverfront town.

    The book includes tales from longtime residents who were there during some of the town’s more trying times as well as stories handed down for generations. Southport was a hardworking town for many years, with canning factories and lumber mills that have since been replaced with scenic walkways and antique shops.

  • Sheriff right to step up checkpoints

    As our roads begin to feel the increased pressure of summer tourists, the opportunity for incidents increase. We only have to look back a couple of weeks to see tragedies that have happened on our roadways before the onslaught of beachgoers even began.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has said his deputies will be stepping up their emphasis on impaired, aggressive and speeding drivers during the busy summer months.

  • Donating to disaster victims is not an opportunity for spring cleaning

    Over the past year, people all over the world have been the victims of disaster. There have been earthquakes in Haiti and South America, multiple hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Louisiana, and now the oil spill in the Gulf.
    And Americans have been all too happy to send their old, useless junk to those in need.
    I am in no way referring to the many Americans who donated time and money to help the people in the areas get back on their feet. These people should be commended for their efforts to help others.

  • Thank you to the Big Toy Day pilots

    To the editor:

    A big “thank you” to those who organized the recent CIS Big Toy Day at the Brunswick County Airport. I’m especially grateful to the pilots who contributed their time and personal resources to provide airplane rides for the kids.

  • Writer questions article's merit

    To the editor:

    I’m writing in regard to the “Sloane Realty, Debbie Smith” article on page 7A in the June 3 edition of the Beacon. I have read this article five times and cannot for the life of me figure out why it was written or even published.