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Today's Opinions

  • Doesn’t want golf project as planned

    To the editor:

    When it first began, across the street from my home, there was a private golf course and an ultra light plane landing strip on Sundays. There was very little activity—not much traffic. The planes were a little noisy, but everyone enjoyed watching them.

    Then came the First Tee; now the traffic increased at least tenfold or more. Parents come in to drop off and pick up children, going so fast the neighbor had to put speed bumps in to slow them down.

  • Will you sit out or will you dance?

    To the editor:

    Will the New Year be the same as the last? Will you be less than you could be? Do you want to accomplish something meaningful? How? Obey God.

    First, trust and receive Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins for Eternal Life (Rom. 3:25). When we realize we are sinners, we can rely on Jesus who shed blood and righteousness for our redemption. When we do this, God saves us and enters our hearts and life to guide us to become more like Him. What could be more meaningful than this?

  • Common sense is a necessary mix when it comes to technology

     “Merry Christmas,” a holiday text message blinked across my cell phone, “didn’t know if you heard, but [your uncle] has throat and stomach cancer.”

    Ahh, nothing says Merry Christmas like a text message like that.

    Of course, I knew my uncle had cancer; I had found out about it weeks earlier.

    On Facebook.

    A text message was also how I found out a close relative had spent some time—and hopefully a good lesson learned—in jail for being stupid.

  • Help BCC with president search

    On Thursday, the community is invited to come to Brunswick Community College and share thoughts and feedback about qualities and characteristics for the college’s next president.

    Stephen Greiner, who has led the college since summer 2005, has left to become the new president and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

    Brunswick County and BCC are different than they were when Greiner took the helm five years ago. The college’s new leader will have a new set of challenges and goals.

  • New year, new Congress, new General Assembly. New headaches or fresh start?

    Hello, 2011. I’ve been waiting for you.

    After taking some time off for much-needed rest and rejuvenation and enjoying a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, I spent New Year’s Day at a N.C. State basketball game and even managed to down a handful or so of black-eyed peas and a dose of good luck.

    Apparently, I’m still very much a Yankee because I have no idea how to make black-eyed peas taste like anything more than cardboard peas, but all in all, it was a great way to kick off the New Year.

  • East Coast travel troubles finds flyer in a not-so-feel-good time

    Forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but I do need to preface.

    I’m all for airport security, a fan of new technology and respectful of authority.

    That being said, I can’t help but feel a little weary of the advanced image technology and heightened security checkpoints after what I just experienced.

    From my understanding, at checkpoints with the full body scanners, you had a choice. Scan or opt for what many call an “extensive pat-down.”

  • Doesn’t like new golf cart rules

    To the editor:

    In a recent Beacon, I noticed the county was going to require golf carts to be registered. The new law was to go in effect Dec. 1. I received my paper Dec. 2.

    Besides a $25 registration fee, I need to have liability insurance, carry a driver’s license, have a slow-moving vehicle flag or sign and brakes.

  • We need curbside recycling in county

    To the editor:

    We absolutely need curbside recycling, and tax everyone for it. We buy products and we should pay for their disposal, either landfill or forced recycling. This is about lifecycle management.

    Voluntary recycling will not work. It’s being offered now and I’ll bet less than 5 percent of residents do it by the fact that the landfill needs to be expanded.

    Challenge the law in court. It makes no sense to not have personal responsibility for what we consume. Become an environmental progressive county.