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Today's Opinions

  • Medical clinic provides worthwhile services

    Someone who hasn’t been feeling well for months visits doctor after doctor, finding none who will accept him because he has no money or insurance coverage.

    He finally finds a free clinic about 30 miles away from his home, where a family nurse practitioner examines him, realizes what’s wrong and prescribes the medicine he needs to get better.

  • Drug court, policing programs good for county

    For many petty criminals, life on the wrong side of the law is often spurred by bad choices directly associated with drug and alcohol addiction.

    Sending those violators directly to jail, without rehabilitation plans, including a strong drug and alcohol recovery program, can do little to help many who, when out on the streets again, return to the same behaviors that put them in jail.

  • Quality customer service is key to attracting, retaining business

    After more than a year of not seeing friends and loved ones in Canada, I was excited recently when a week away from work gave me to chance to fly north to reconnect.

    Waking at 4 a.m., I set out on my adventure to fly several thousand miles and end up in a time zone two hours behind where I started. The flights were uneventful. The layover times were just enough.

    After landing on time at my Canadian destination, I breezed through Customs and patiently waited for my luggage to be unloaded, spin down the rotating conveyor belt and send me on my way.

  • The face of substance abuse may be more familiar than you thought

    Ever wondered what a drug addict looks like? Think you could spot an alcoholic just by looking at them?

    It might not be what you expect.

    It’s not like the movies, and it’s not a problem only facing inner cities or big metropolitan areas. It doesn’t exist solely in dingy, dark alleyways.

    The drug problem, as it has been vaguely dubbed, affects people from all walks of life—it’s not about black or white, rich or poor. It’s about people.

  • Candidates aren't perfect, but they can be positive

    I realize no person is perfect. Keeping that in mind, we cannot expect to have a political candidate who is without flaw.

    Every person has flaws. The ability to recognize your own shortcomings and address them is what makes someone a great leader.

    Earlier this week, the Beacon received a phone call about some “chickens” at the Brunswick County Courthouse. These “chickens” were there to greet Rep. Mike McIntyre as he attempted to address the issues of his constituents at a community forum.

  • Remembering to respect elders

    Large segments of the youth population no longer make a distinction between their personal peers and the adult population. Some young people have not been taught to respect their elders.

    It is disturbing to hear some young people say they only respect their parents and have little or no respect for other adults.

    Some parents are teaching their children to refrain from saying, “yes sir” or “no sir.” They are teaching them to say, “yes” or “no” to everyone regardless of the age or position of the person.

  • School name should reflect community

    To the editor: I read with interest your front-page article in a recent paper, “Middle school to be named Cedar Grove.”

    I first want to say thank you to Scott Milligan and Shirley Babson for their commitment to all of the people in the Lockwood Folly community who will have children and grandchildren attending the soon-to-be-new middle school.

    Too bad Mr. Hobbs was not as committed to his original thoughts on naming the school.

  • New route could hamper hurricane evacuations

    To the editor: The N.C. Department of Transportation is busy installing “Michigan left-hand turn lanes” at the intersections of Ocean Isle Beach Road and Mount Pisgah Road onto U.S. 17 as a traffic control to help reduce terrible accidents that have occurred there.

    Ocean Isle Beach Road and Mount Pisgah Road are the major evacuation routes from Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.