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Today's Opinions

  • The healthcare dilemma

    To the editor: We have the best healthcare system in the world. The problem we face is one of availability. The old people have Medicare. The poor have Medicaid. Those with good jobs have employer-provided insurance, and then we have those 30 million people who have slipped through the cracks and have no insurance.

  • 'Extra' special bulletin: The 'glamour' of show business comes to Brunswick County

    So did anyone try out to be an extra in the “untitled” medical drama pilot to be filmed in Winnabow?

    It sounds like it could be fun if you have a few days to kill, want to pick up a few bucks and like being around all the behind-the-scenes action of the moviemaking process.

    Personally, I don’t like anything to kill the magic of my favorite movies, and according to some of the accounts I’ve heard, being an extra sounds like a mild form of torture. My favorite quote comes from a tutorial on being an extra at soyouwanna.com:

  • Thanks for benefit support

    To the editor: The number of golfers and friends that came out to the Ellen Fights Like a Girl charity golf tournament at the Thistle Golf Club overwhelmed me. This tournament was put together very quickly and couldn’t have been done without the hard work of so many people.

    Thank you to all of the golfers, tournament organizers, sponsors and volunteers. My family had such a good time visiting with both new and old friends.

  • What is justice?

    To the editor: In response to “That’s not what we would call ‘justice’” from the March 4 edition of the Beacon.

    I tried to put myself in the senator’s shoes. Sen. Soles is in his mid-to-late 70s. Two menacing idiots broke into his house. He knew them and in a matter of seconds there was screaming and demands and possible threats and then a retreat.

  • Photographer misrepresented himself

    To the editor: The Calabash Elks No. 2679 hosted a charity golf tournament on Feb. 26 at Oyster Bay Golf Course. A young man came to the tournament claiming to be a photographer from The Brunswick Beacon.

    He said he was going to take photos for publicity and they would be in the Beacon. Oyster Bay was good enough to give him a golf cart. He rode around taking photos of some foursomes, but ended up selling them to the golfers. He even had folders with “Jim Rochel Ice Box Open–Calabash Elks” printed on them.

  • Fennell stands with the people

    To the editor: I attended the Hands off our Healthcare rally featured in your front-page article last week while Senator Hagan was in town and had the privilege to stand with Bettie Fennell for N.C. Senate and about 300 other patriots. Fennell looked to be one of only a couple candidates in attendance.

  • To the editor: The new commissioners for Carolina Shores were recently elected, and they appear to be doing a fine job of tackling problems that existed long before they got involved.

    The stormwater issue is of major concern to all residents, and there will be no easy answers and there will certainly be costs involved with the solution. However, some residents seem to have all the answers and are critical of the board. These vocal residents (Kain and Riccitelli) speak out with absolutely no authority or experience to suggest solutions.

  • Bridge signs stir spelling debate

    Laura Lewis

    The posting came to the Beacon last week via Facebook, from a Shallotte resident concerned about new signs for a new bridge that, she wrote, are misspelled.

    “Why in the world,” asked Katherine Lyles Norfleet, has the North Carolina Department of Transportation “renamed the ‘Todd Bridge’ to ‘Jinny’s Branch’ when ‘Jinny’ is actually spelled ‘Jennies Branch’ and has been for over 200 years?”