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Today's Opinions

  • Yorktown survivor to celebrate 90 years

    To the editor: Clyde McCrackin survived the attack on the Yorktown during the battle of Midway in 1942. More than 2,400 of the 2,800 crewmen were rescued from the ship before it sank June 7, 1942.

    The Yorktown survivors were brought back to Pearl Harbor in secret and taken to a camp at the end of the island where they stayed for four months. They did not want anyone to know the ship had sunk.

    McCrackin was a farmer in Brunswick County for more than 45 years. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Nov. 29 at his home on Ash-Little River Road.

  • Unhappy with police department

    To the editor: On Nov. 18 at 3:42 p.m., I received a call from someone claiming to be with a police protection agency. They were trying to get me to send them money to help “enrolled police officers.”

    We do not talk to people about donations of any kind over the telephone and told them to

    send literature by mail and we would check it out and decide whether to send money or

    not. They hung up immediately.

  • Hospice plans workshops to offer help with grief during the holidays

    Staring at the remnants of once carefully wrapped gift boxes, my mother did her best to stay caught up in the excitement of Christmas morning.

    She affectionately watched as my fingers tore through paper, tape and box corners, nodding at me as I smiled when I pulled out the gifts inside.

  • Doesn’t support gay marriage

    To the editor:

    Last week, a majority of citizens in Florida and California rightfully voted they had had enough of the threat of gay marriage and voted to amend their state constitutions to make the practice of men marrying men and women marrying women unconstitutional.

    They are outraged their wishes are not universally accepted and wanted, so they are now on a rampage to force their style down our throats. They are outraged the people of these states are not progressive enough and have voted only to allow sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

  • Satirical idea

    To the editor: Were I a political cartoonist I would ink a vision of president-elect Barack Obama’s promised “change” thusly: A dark and dreary wintry setting reveals Obama, shovel in hand, standing astride opened graves in the Bill Clinton Memorial Cemetery.

    The following names would appear etched on the headstones over several opened graves: Rahm Emanuel, Madeline Albright, Robert Reich, Greg Craig, Ron Klain, and Mona Sutphen.

    A caption on the cartoon would read: “I thought you stiffs would enjoy a ‘change’.”

  • Children need a better education

    To the editor: Did anyone else notice that only six out of 17 of our county’s schools passed the adequate yearly progress for last school year as this newspaper reported? Yet, Superintendent Katie McGee got a satisfactory performance rating and a nice increase in salary.

    To go with that, she also was awarded a Regional Superintendent’s Award. Tell me how. Her school system had some of the lowest end-of-grade test scores in the state.

  • Confused by columnist’s intent

    To the editor: John Heidtke’s column in the Nov. 13 edition of The Brunswick Beacon confuses me. I am not sure whether he is saying people who wear zoot suits or sagging trousers deserve to be the object of civil unrest or whether he intends to make some other point.

    My first reaction was revulsion at what appeared to be racist statements, but perhaps the column would have benefited by more editing. I do not understand the point of the column and would appreciate further comment from Mr. Heidtke.

  • Discover fresh hope for reading challenges

    How well we are able to see and read makes a huge difference in how we relate to our world.

    For those in trouble, here is hope.

    An amazing witness

    During 1980, I was assigned to the St. Louis Missouri Division of the FBI.

    A disgruntled mechanic, recently fired from his General Services Administration job, drove into the basement garage of our federal building and exited his car with a loaded shotgun.