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Today's Opinions

  • Remembering the good that emerged out of darkness, evil

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I wandered away from my desk in the newsroom where I was working, likely looking for something to eat or caffeine to jump-start my day.

    On the way back, uneager to get the morning’s work started, I strolled through the front office and stopped to chat near the front door. Above the main desk, a television was showing live images of a smoking high-rise in New York.

    “A plane hit one of the towers,” the receptionist told me.

  • Smile—you too might be on YouTube

    I wasn’t about to forget O’Neal “Knot” Varnam’s annual birthday backflip dive into the Lockwood Folly River this year (see story page 18A of today’s Beacon).

    I couldn’t forget, because there it was on YouTube: “Dad’s 65th Birthday Flip in Varnamtown.”

    This was a video dating back to 2002 and posted by Varnam’s daughter—“The 65th Birthday Leap,” it was titled.

    People say you can find just about anything on YouTube these days. Well, it’s just about true.

  • Appropriate discipline can leave lasting impressions

    As kids, we learned discipline from our parents. Later in life, we apply principles of discipline to our personal and professional lives.

    A common thread of sensibility and consistency runs through each of my following true stories about discipline. Practical solutions encourage the application of proven principles to solve today’s behavior problems.

    At home during 1945

    “If you two don’t settle down out there, I’m coming with the belt!” Dad shouted at us through the open window from his and Mom’s bedroom.

  • Urges caution on U.S. 17

    To the editor: I would like to inform anyone traveling north on U.S. 17 at the intersection of Lanvale Road of what I consider an intersection design flaw. There is potential for a bad traffic accident around mile marker No. 41.

    The NCDOT has placed a traffic light just over the railroad pass. The railroad pass creates a hill that makes it hard to see the light and any cars stopped at the light.

  • Residents should check shelter for lost pets

    To the editor: Recently, after going to Brunswick County Animal Services twice, I was happy to find my lost puppy “Buddy.”

    Shelter workers do a great job of taking care of lost and found pets. They need people to go out there in person and look for their pets.

    Describing them on the phone and actually seeing them are two different things. One person’s description of his or her pet may be opposite of what another person sees.

  • Why are so many cases dismissed?

    To the editor: I am a homeowner on Ocean Isle Beach and a Beacon subscriber. I live in Monroe.

    Week after week, I read the district court dockets. I would like someone to explain to me why, week after week, I see cases are voluntarily dismissed.

    Am I confused or does that mean a police officer took the time to write a ticket and then is too lazy to go to court to make sure the person is proven guilty? If that is the case, there is no excuse for it and it is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

  • Widow wants crime registry

    To the editor:

    Recently, I e-mailed Rep. Mike McIntyre requesting his help to push for the implementation and enforcement of a violent criminals’ registry in North Carolina. I would also like tougher laws for repeat offenders.

    McIntyre’s response was to inform me we already have a sex offenders’ registry and “since you are interested in criminal registries, we are trying to pass a bill through legislation to set up a drug offenders’ registry.”

  • Want to make a difference? Vote

    To the editor: It is amazing to me someone who was writing an article deriding the practice of bringing Gov. Sarah Palin’s “pregnant teenage daughter” into the political fray of today’s presidential election would spend the next 137 words (out of a 444 word column) doing exactly what she was criticizing others for.

    Blaming Bristol Palin for our lot in life will not solve any problems. She did not ask to be involved in this process, her mother did. Making her the weekend focus of the campaign news cycle was only done because it was easy.