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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help with toy run

    To the editor: Well, 16 years of the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Christmas Toy Run has come and gone. I just want to thank everyone who has sponsored us year after year and all the volunteers who have helped us put this program together. Without their support this could not happen.

    I cannot list all the names—it would take too much space. But you and the Lord know who you are. May you all be blessed for your efforts to help others in need.

  • Writer lovingly recalls years spent with canine thief

    When I was a freshman in high school, my younger brother brought home a small, black slobbery puppy.

    We didn’t have a dog growing up, so his pleas must have resonated with our parents, not wanting to hear 10 years later we were robbed of precious childhood memories of the quintessential family dog. So they caved and let her become part of the family.

    A little less than 14 years later, this past Saturday, surrounded by her favorite people and a few tennis balls, Sadie, our family dog, died.

  • Can you speed things up? I'm on major deadline!

    Calabash commissioners recently made a brilliant decision to start their monthly meetings an hour earlier—6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.—because their sessions have been running so late.

    One commissioner said he liked to get home early enough to tell his kids good night.

    That sounded like a good plan to me, since commissioners meet on Tuesday nights, which are major deadline nights for the Beacon newsroom.

  • Best and worst of the year: From screaming to singing

    It’s that time of year again folks, and I don’t mean Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa.

    I’m talking about the time of year when people who write smarty-pants newspaper columns, blogs and magazine articles like to haul out their “best and worst of the year” lists.

    I, of course, am not immune to this trap, mainly because I’m one of those who loves reading these lists.

  • If you do the crime you might do the time

    Crime does not pay

    —1935 Radio Program

    One of my old FBI associates recently wrote a letter to the editor in which he mentioned structured sentencing. That triggered my mind into the reminiscing and reflection modes. Here are my thoughts.

    My jail time

    I served about seven months in the Los Angeles County Jail—not as an inmate, but as a deputy sheriff.

  • Think about others on the roads this holiday season

    During a DWI checkpoint over two days last weekend, local law enforcement officers took 23 potentially deadly drivers off area roadways—that’s 23 people who could have tragically changed their lives or the lives of others forever.

    Terry Randolph, a speaker at a recent regional candlelight vigil that honored and remembered those whose lives have been affected by drinking and driving, knows exactly how devastating it can be when someone foolishly decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

  • Tough times in Brunswick County

    To the editor: I recently went to a restaurant in Shallotte with a very good friend for breakfast and fellowship. The meal didn’t give me heart failure, but the check did. I will not darken their door again.

    I had my propane gas tank filled two weeks ago. The bill seemed high to me, so I called a couple of competitors. The first was 20 cents a gallon (or pound) cheaper and the second was 30 cents cheaper.

    I will be ending a long time relationship with my gas company very soon.

  • Ingram Planetarium’s stars shine bright

    I was pleased to learn the town of Sunset Beach released a $15,000 capital grant to Ingram Planetarium. As a trustee of the foundation that oversees the planetarium, I am grateful for the town’s support of this important tourist attraction and educational facility.

    I am concerned, however, about some of the comments made at the Sunset Beach town meeting and the manner in which they were reported in the local press.