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Today's Opinions

  • Delivering papers has been rewarding

    To the editor: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”(Ecclesiastes 3: 1)

    For 26 years, we have delivered The Brunswick Beacon to many businesses in Brunswick County, previously for Mr. Sweatt and recently for the present owners.

    Every Wednesday morning, our purpose was to distribute the paper, distribute the news to the people; however, there were
other purposes.

  • Win or lose, gaming parlors have upper hand in Little Vegas

    Back when video poker machines were all the rage just south of the border, some folks took to dubbing my adopted hometown of Little River, S.C., “Little Reno.”

    Then the betting tables turned, laws changed, and video parlors were shut down in the Palmetto State. Law-abiding North Carolinians were forced to venture to big Reno or Atlantic City to do their out-of-state gambling.

    Except for the casino boats, Little River resumed its former image as a quaint fishing village.

  • Thanks for help with memorial

    To the editor: This is a letter of thanks to old friends and hopefully new ones.

    My heart was truly touched last week by people I have never met and by ones I’ve known for years.

    My brother Mark Walker went to be with the Lord last June 6. He was cremated, and I felt I didn’t have a place to visit with him because I took his ashes to Alaska where he wanted to be.

  • ‘Life’ shouldn’t mean lenient sentence

    To the editor: Convicted murderer Terrance Jones, sentenced to life in prison on Oct. 17, 1994, is now scheduled to be released May 19, 2013.

    That’s 19 years, not to mention his 29 infractions including drugs, weapons, gangs and fighting while he was serving time.

    The parole boards mission is to protect the people of Brunswick County, not to free up the prison population and to put this kind of prisoner back in society.

    Why is it that politics always reduces our foundational values, laws and principles to the level of a joke?

  • Thanks for wallet return

    To the editor: I want to thank the honest person who turned my wallet in at the new Food Lion in Shallotte. I did not realize it was missing until 24 hours later. I thought it might have fallen out in my drawer at work.

    I got to work the next day and it was not in my drawer. I panicked and was ready to call my bank and credit card company but remembered the last time I used it was at Food Lion. I called and sure enough it was there.

    It is nice to know there are still honest people in this world. Thank you again and God bless.

    Liz Johnston

  • Lost glasses found in surf

    To the editor: King Neptune or the Little Mermaid must have helped Eric Amos from Durham find his glasses after he lost them in the ocean off Ocean Isle Beach.

    He was playing around with his son when his glasses were tossed into the ocean. He could not see a thing and went back to his motel and rested for a while. Then he went to the Second Street Grill and tried to see the menu to order something to eat and then left and went back to the ocean about a mile down and was again playing with his son, who said, “Dad, there are your glasses!”

  • The details are in the budget

    To the editor: Mayor Anthony Clemmons commented at the budget hearing the state only requires 8 percent of the budget amount to be in reserve while knowing the recommendation for the 20 coastal counties is 30 percent.

    He’d like us to believe Calabash had “probably” 100 percent in reserve.

    The fact is, last year’s budget message stated 65 percent in reserve, down from the previous year’s 75 percent.

    This year’s budget message gave no information.

  • Think more about terminal groins

    To the editor: Your June 10 edition reported that efforts to legalize terminal groins likely would fail this year and that one groin proponent says “we’ll have to start with another bill at another time.”

    If these predictions come true, it is hoped groin proponents will carefully consider the damage to beaches down-drift of the groins. Also, elected public officials should recognize the inevitable need to raise property taxes to construct and maintain the groins without state or federal funds.