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Today's Opinions

  • Recipes needed for Beacon’s upcoming cookbook project

    She was a petite lady with silver hair sitting in one of the chairs by the counter. I was standing looking at all the lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows scattered on top of the glass counter. I had decided to spend my lunch hour at the Belk cosmetics counter and was deliberating between the blue and gray eyeliners.

    She was waiting for me to wrap up my purchase so she could be helped.

    “I’m sorry I’m taking so long,” I told her. “I just don’t have any idea what I want.”

  • The long-lost art of handwritten thank-you notes and the world's good intentions

    When friends took time out of their lives to be with me on my wedding day last fall, I couldn’t say thank you enough.

    I thanked them in person that day. I thanked them again when I saw them at work. I think I even thanked them via Facebook and/or e-mail.

    I planned to send them each a handwritten thank-you note. I was raised well. I know the value of that.

    I know I’m supposed to send thank-you cards. I want to send them. As a matter of fact, I have a collection of occasion-perfect thank-you cards in my office at home.

  • Tweet, tweet. Who’s there? Your local newspaper and your political candidates

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, or, to be more specific, a rock without Internet access, it’s no secret that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have changed how people communicate, receive news and how political candidates campaign.

    During the 2008 election cycle, Democrats on the national scene pummeled their GOP counterparts when it came to Twitter followers, Facebook fans and, well, anything else related to technology or social networking.

  • VA clinic should be here

    To the editor: While there is a consensus for a new VA clinic in our area there appears to be a rush to spend $95 million for a new Super Clinic in Wilmington, while at the same time ignoring a number of facts that would lead to the different decision of locating the clinic in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply is closing and moving into a new facility in the summer 2011. This hospital has all the facilities in place for a VA clinic and more.

    Approximately 15,000 veterans live in Brunswick County.

  • Jesus and the death penalty

    To the editor: There is an effort to get lawmakers to abolish the death penalty in North Carolina. Some say Jesus would never approve of the death penalty. Jesus is for the death penalty. In fact, He allowed it.

    Mosaic Law supported the death penalty and Jesus never disobeyed Mosaic Law. He said, “I did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it,” Mathew 5:17. He allowed Himself to be executed. Jesus could have prayed and 12 legions of angels would have rescued him, Mathew 27:52.

  • Out-of-control insurance rates

    To the editor: We have owned property in Sunset Beach for almost 14 years. We have never had any reason to file a claim for damages to our properties. In fact, during the last 10 years that we have lived at our present address, Sunset Beach has not witnessed a single damaging hurricane.

    Yet, in the last five years, our premiums have risen out of control.

  • Dirty sand traps

    To the editor: While playing golf on a recent Sunday, I noticed a person walking on the green who had no cart or clubs. As I approached my tee shot, I realized it was a woman with a large cat. I then decided to forgo my shot and walked toward her as quickly as I could.

    She picked up the cat and put it into the sand trap and sat down on the edge of the trap. The cat climbed out of the trap, the woman retrieved it and put it back into the trap.

  • West Brunswick grad, local hero awarded Bronze Star for combat missions in Iraq

    When I called him to talk about his recent accomplishments, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino couldn’t talk much about the 2007 combat mission for which he was recently awarded the Bronze Star—the mission remains classified.

    But he and I have spoken about his deployments before, so I had an understanding, even if it is a limited civilian understanding, of what his dangerous role was while serving with the U.S. Air Force 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom.