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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help

    To the editor: In these days and times it is rare to have a stranger utter a simple greeting to you. Recently, I had an encounter with a stranger that has given me hope.

    On July 16, I started having chest pains and I began driving myself to the hospital. Along the way I stopped at a gas station. One of the employees, Sue Rhodes, noticed that something was wrong and asked if I needed an ambulance. I declined her offer and returned to my car.

  • Disagrees with columnist's ideas

    To the editor: I beg to differ with Caroline Curran’s assessment that enough has been said about the Bush doctrine and/or global warming. Both will continue to affect us for the foreseeable future, in a most detrimental way.

    Although she and Sarah Palin may not be familiar with the plan that condemned more than a million innocent Iraqis and more than 4,200 of our finest to their deaths, all who march in protest of this traitorous government indeed understand the Bush doctrine and its roots, as does Charles Krauthammer.

  • 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.