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Today's Opinions

  • Activities abound as the holidays approach

    Ever seen a baby jellyfish or alligator? Now’s your chance.

    Bring your kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher for “Aquababies Weekend” Nov. 22-23.

    All through the weekend, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day, the aquarium will show off its most recently born animals: jellyfish, sea turtles, alligators, sea horses, fish, snakes and more.

    “This is a unique opportunity for the community to see babies that were either born here at the aquarium or came to us as babies,” said Hap Fatzinger, aquarium curator.

  • New law enforcement programs help to ensure public safety

    With a quick glance at the growing weekly public safety pages in The Brunswick Beacon, readers can easily see there’s a lot of crime going on in our community.

    From forgeries to vandalism and countless crimes in between, the break-ins, assaults and drug arrests here keep Brunswick County law enforcement officials busy.

    With a growing number of reported crimes, we’re glad to see the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is taking a proactive approach to reducing crimes.

  • Congratulations BCC volleyball team

    When the Brunswick Community College volleyball team took to the court this season, players and officials had one thing on their minds—being competitive.

    It was a lofty goal considering it was the first time the college had fielded a volleyball team and one that met an unusual challenge—it didn’t even have its own gymnasium in which to practice. Instead, players used the gym at West Brunswick High School.

    But, in its first year, BCC Dolphins did more than just be competitive; the team proved it is one of the top schools in its division.

  • Extreme clothing fashions invite civil unrest

    “Fashion is a form of ugliness so

    intolerable that we have to alter it

    every six months.” —Oscar Wilde

    With her nose wrinkled and her upper lip curled into a slight sneer, she asked, “Is THAT what you are wearing out tonight?”

    It was an all too familiar scene. I have been married to my dear woman 45 years and know what I select to wear at important social events is subject to change—or else.

    Besides, it did not “go” with what she was wearing.

  • A dream fulfilled

    To the editor:

    Hearts fluttered with excitement, souls stirred with emotion as president-elect Barack Obama, born the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, swept the presidency in a landslide victory.

    After decades of oppression and struggle—the nation watched as the mountain of injustice crumbled and the “dream” was finally realized. The dawn of a new day has come for all Americans every race, color and nationality.

    I feel proud America voted for Barack Obama.

  • To the editor:

    This letter is in response to John Heidtke’s column in the Oct. 30 edition of the Beacon entitled “A Few Good Cops…”

    The article addressed drug trafficking in the county and most specifically listed seven drug hot spots. Some of the article was very informative and hopefully the new K-9 unit will be a deterrent to the crime in the county.

  • Presidential election reminds us the American dream is alive and well

    President-elect Barack Obama made history with his presidential victory last week—a triumph to be celebrated by all Americans.

    Obama’s victory reminds each and every person our dream, the American Dream, is only alive and well, and is closer for all Americans than ever before. Hold on to that dream and cherish that dream as we go through these difficult times.

    I thought John McCain was the better man for the job, but as McCain said, the people have spoken. That’s what makes our country so great.

  • Sherrie Metts

    Sherrie Lee Metts, 53, of Bolivia, died Nov. 10.

    She was born Jan. 8, 1955, in Jacksonville, a daughter of Edward Earl Metts and Genora Batchelor Metts.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Metts; her companion for 22 years, Jimmy Ward; her niece, Renay Ward and her brother, Edward Earl Metts Jr.

    Surviving are her mother, Genora Metts; her sisters, Judy Ward and husband Edward and Sondra Roark and husband Tommy; nephews, Johnny Ward, Christopher Ward and wife Kaye and Stephen Roark; niece, Jessica Johnson; great nephews and nieces; numerous friends.