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Today's Opinions

  • Upset about allegations

    To the editor: I witnessed one of the most disgraceful and disrespectful shows of a person out of control last Tuesday night at the Brunswick County school board meeting when a woman named Tracy Danka became upset in the meeting.

    She went outside the meeting where, before a group of people, she became very loud and abusive. When [principal] Patricia Rourk and her mother started to leave the meeting, she turned her abusive behavior toward them so much so she followed them to their cars with loud profanity.

  • Good servers deserve tips

    To the editor: I would like to comment on the issue of gratuities. In the service industry, especially in restaurants, the people who serve the public depend on tips for their salary.

    There seems to be a misconception that these very hard-working people are paid well. In the restaurant industry, the base pay for a server is at best half of minimum wage, maybe $3 per hour with deductions. After deductions, there is little left.

  • Board has other issues to deal with

    To the editor: It has been reported, at a recent meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education discussed and advocated the teaching of creationism.

    Board member Jimmy Hobbs is quoted in an article as saying evolution (which is currently taught in the schools) is “of the atheists.”

    Mr. Hobbs and the other school board members who advocate teaching creationism need to understand that a great number of Catholic Christians live in Brunswick County.

  • Concerned about grinder pumps, costs

    To the editor: The sewer project for Sunset Beach, especially the community of Seaside Station, urgently needs some attention brought to it.

    This area was originally developed as mobile home lots. Seaside Station consists of about 727 mobile home lots of which the majority are 60 feet wide by 150 feet deep. There are some double lots that have doublewide mobile homes.

  • The more things change

    Last week’s story about Varnamtown’s residents celebrating the 20th anniversary of the town’s incorporation had me curious about what other goings-on the local community paper reported 20 years ago.

    Here at the Beacon office, going through old papers can get a little addictive.

    Around the same time Varnamtown was officially proclaimed a municipality, the beach towns were doing their best to clean up their acts, with 380 people volunteering for the annual Beach Sweep.

  • Eliminating availability fee may help those on fixed incomes

    Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners made a good decision when they decided to make changes to the county’s water availability fee.

    Previously, residents, whose homes were built before 1997, had to pay the $11 monthly fee just because the water service was available, even if a homeowner opted not to tap into the system.

    With changes made Monday night, residents who don’t have a tap into the system, or those who choose to have a tap removed from their property, will no longer have to pay the fee.

  • Bring back the classics

    I wrote a story this week about a group of church members who took it upon themselves to buy enough advanced tickets to ensure a movie would be coming to our local theater.

    Brad Ferguson at New Beginnings Community Church rallied his congregation as well as leaders from other churches in the area to bring “Fireproof,” a Christian drama, to Coastal Stadium in Shallotte.

    “We have a good number of tickets we can distribute around the community to other churches that didn’t put up money up front,” Ferguson said.

  • More focus should be on prevention rather than cures

    We are living in a time when cures are emphasized more than preventions. Medical and drug industries are more reactive than they are proactive in dealing with health issues.

    Sanitarian workers are in the business of preventing diseases, and they are some of the lowest paid workers in America. Preventive sanitarian services are essential for the health and well-being of the general population.