Today's Opinions

  • Good decisions, not fast ones

    To the editor: Mayor Selby’s break with the tradition of not allowing public comment at commissioners’ workshop meetings in the town of Carolina Shores was all too short-lived.

    The object of allowing public comment at the workshop was to get input from the citizenry on the various issues earlier in the commissioner’s decision making/voting process.

    North Carolina statutes mandate a public comment period prior to any voting at a town meeting, but neither allows nor denies comment during a workshop.

  • Appalled by St. James meeting

    To the editor: As sympathizers with the Midway community in the St. James forced annexation controversy, we sat on the back row at the town council meeting on Oct. 6.

    We witnessed an appalling scene during public comment. It began when the first speaker, a new annexee who was anguished by this situation, asked a question about whether he and others would be welcome to eat in St. James restaurants.

    We saw residents smirking at one another, shaking heads and chortling quietly before Mayor Lesher’s answer that no, the restaurants were private.

  • Finally, the light of day

    To the editor: Re: School board doesn’t renew Katie McGee’s contract:

    My immediate response was and is: Has “the light of day” finally come to the voting majority on this school board? Citizens had lost faith in this superintendent a long time ago.

    Now to get rid of the problem: I hope this school board will vote to go ahead and buy out her contract and get rid of her for good. It is the same money if she is paid now or until June next year. The only difference is we don’t have to deal with more of her mismanagement.

  • One down, one to go

    To the editor: One down and Babson to go. Wasn’t it Shirley Babson and company that promptly fired Superintendent Daniel five years ago, paying him his full year’s salary, and wasn’t it she that spearheaded the immediate hiring of McGee, paying her a full salary for the same year—at our expense?

    As I recall, The Brunswick Beacon and other newspapers were not flooded with negative articles regarding the functioning of our school system during Daniel’s tenure. Why then was he replaced by McGee before the start of the school year?

  • Dismayed about Sheehan event

    To the editor: I am quite dismayed to learn Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist, mother who disrupts military funerals, is scheduled to speak at the Brunswick Community College auditorium on Oct. 26.

    I resent the fact our local community college is hosting such a personality and by doing so, endorsing her anti-military views in our community and county. I question the decision of allowing her to have access to “our” community college facilities. What’s next?

  • 'Careless' release of an inmate is a mistake that can't happen again

    When we heard last week a Brunswick County Detention Center officer had released the wrong inmate from jail, we wanted to know how that could happen.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had an answer. It was “careless,” he said, not an “accident.”

    Detention officer Jamie Lynn Jenrette released Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, without properly checking his photo and identifying armband, Ingram said. The mistake ultimately cost Jenrette her job, indicating what appears to be a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior by the sheriff’s office.

  • Want to know more about elections in Brunswick? Visit www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Next week, The Brunswick Beacon will join together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to bring residents political candidate forums for some of the most hotly contested races in Brunswick County.

    We’ll be hosting forums for the towns of Carolina Shores, Calabash, Sunset Beach and Shallotte. A story in today’s Beacon will detail the forums including dates, times, locations and format.

  • Have a doggone good time this weekend with your four-legged friend

    This weekend, Brunswick County will go to the dogs.

    October seems to be the month for a variety of festivals, fundraisers and competitions, but this weekend is devoted to the canines in the county.

    Being a dog owner myself, I am brought to tears every time I see one of those commercials showing animal abuse and neglect while a sad, sentimental song plays in the background. They affect me so much, I either have to quickly change the channel or scoop up my own puppy and hold her, telling her she is loved and will never end up in that situation.