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Today's Opinions

  • Costs of owning beach homes rising

    To the editor: I would like to respond to the letter to the editor by Mr. Thomas J. Stocker of Gastonia in the Dec. 18 issue. He is concerned the “middle-income people are being priced out by overpricing the rentals by the owners and landlords” at Holden Beach.

    It is interesting this letter is in the same issue of the paper that has front page headlines insurance for coastal property may go up 50 percent and an op-ed piece by the president and CEO of Carolinas AAA saying that beach insurance premiums should increase by 80-120 percent.

  • Santa has great visit in Calabash

    To the editor: I had the pleasure to visit the Calabash Elks Club at its annual Christmas party for boys and girls from 3-11 years of age.

    The weather was a balmy 65 degrees—a welcome change from the frigid North Pole. I have many other duties in life and I only do this visit once a year, but I want to convey what a precious time it is to visit these children.

    After pizza, Cokes, ice cream and chasing piñata candy, the kids line up to see me. The Elks supply some of these kids with the only gifts they will see this year.

  • Looking back and looking ahead

    As I prepare to celebrate Christmas, I’d like to take some time to reflect on the past year. Here are a few of the things I learned in 2008:

  • ’Tis the season to wish for things as you wish them to be

    If the Jolly Old Elf is out there, and his reading time happens to include a few moments with The Brunswick Beacon before he loads his sleigh this year, I hope he knows I’ve been a pretty good girl.

    I’ve made mistakes and been far from perfect, but I’m pretty sure my name would ultimately end up on the “nice” list, rather than the “naughty” one.

    So if Mr. Claus is wondering what a gal like me might be wanting for the holidays—it’s all about the roads.

  • Thanks for help with toy run

    To the editor: Well, 16 years of the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Christmas Toy Run has come and gone. I just want to thank everyone who has sponsored us year after year and all the volunteers who have helped us put this program together. Without their support this could not happen.

    I cannot list all the names—it would take too much space. But you and the Lord know who you are. May you all be blessed for your efforts to help others in need.

  • Writer lovingly recalls years spent with canine thief

    When I was a freshman in high school, my younger brother brought home a small, black slobbery puppy.

    We didn’t have a dog growing up, so his pleas must have resonated with our parents, not wanting to hear 10 years later we were robbed of precious childhood memories of the quintessential family dog. So they caved and let her become part of the family.

    A little less than 14 years later, this past Saturday, surrounded by her favorite people and a few tennis balls, Sadie, our family dog, died.

  • Can you speed things up? I'm on major deadline!

    Calabash commissioners recently made a brilliant decision to start their monthly meetings an hour earlier—6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.—because their sessions have been running so late.

    One commissioner said he liked to get home early enough to tell his kids good night.

    That sounded like a good plan to me, since commissioners meet on Tuesday nights, which are major deadline nights for the Beacon newsroom.

  • Best and worst of the year: From screaming to singing

    It’s that time of year again folks, and I don’t mean Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa.

    I’m talking about the time of year when people who write smarty-pants newspaper columns, blogs and magazine articles like to haul out their “best and worst of the year” lists.

    I, of course, am not immune to this trap, mainly because I’m one of those who loves reading these lists.