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Today's Opinions

  • Why should Rep. debate?

    To the editor: I would like to put my 2-cents worth in before the election.

    In a letter to the editor by Bob Hibbard of Ash in the Sept. 18 issue of the Beacon, titled: “McIntyre refuses the democratic process,” Hibbard mentions McIntyre refuses to debate Will Breazeale. Why should he? All Breazeale wants is for Mike to draw him an audience.

    I say let him get his own audience. Keep up the good work, Mike.

    As to Shirley Babson’s trip to the Republican National Convention, it sure doesn’t take much to inspire her.

  • How did we get here?

    To the editor: How did we get in this mess? Answer: Liberal Democrats, greedy politicians and executives and the liberal media.

    There is general consensus these bad residential loans to people who couldn’t afford them (promoted by liberals) started this credit disaster so all could have a house whether they could afford it or not. That leads to more votes for liberals. It then hit the fan that the quasi-governmental entities Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were financially unstable.

    Guess who the top recipients of campaign money were? Chris Dodd and Barack Obama.

  • Supports McIntyre

    To the editor: I am a Brunswick County native and would like to respond to the articles I have read regarding Congressman Mike McIntyre and his refusal to debate.

    First, I would like to say I have no idea if McIntyre is willing to debate Will Breazeale and truly do not care. McIntyre has shown me what he believes to be important for the citizens of our county by his actions. I do not need to hear the debate game played out to show me what he stands for.

  • Movie is good for community

    To the editor: This weekend our community experienced an event that went against the grain when it comes to culture and societal norms.

    Alongside “Nights in Rodanthe,” a movie about a couple involved in an extramarital affair, came “Fireproof,” a movie about a couple whose marriage was on the rocks, but with the help of a loving God and caring friends and family, were able to recapture their love for each other, overcome temptations and learn what it means to love unconditionally.

  • The never-ending search for civility

    It’s easy to understand the passion that bubbles up from people who care about children, especially when they believe something has gone wrong.

    Tracey Danka is a citizen who has garnered media attention by arguing for what she hopes is an improved, safer learning environment for children in Brunswick County. But has she done it the right way?

    Danka has been accused of a misdemeanor offense of assault after Patricia Rourk’s mother Meriam Reid accused Danka of moving her hands in a threatening manner toward her. Reid claims she thought she was going to be struck.

  • 'Fireproof': Don't miss this life-changing film; it's showing locally

    In the latest action-based film from the creators of “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel,” Sherwood Pictures and Provident Films focus on the relationship of firefighter “Capt. Caleb Holt,” played by Kirk Cameron, and his wife “Catherine Holt,” a public relations professional played by Erin Bethea.

  • Sudden influx of Web site comments energizes newspaper staff

    Since our updated Web site went live several months ago, we’ve only gotten a handful of comments from our online readers.

    We post every staff-written article online and update it daily with new information. While we’ve been excited about the number of people who are coming to our site, we had hoped to see more people take advantage of our interactive features.

  • Cop stop a sign of trouble just around the bend

    If I were seeking an omen about what is ahead in the future, I should have known it would appear on the first workday of the week.

    There I was moseying below the speed limit Monday morning, driving up U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., and minding my business with a cell phone pressed to my ear (“Can you hear me now?!”).

    I thought I was doing everything not to attract the attention of law enforcement, which is what I always strive to do whenever I venture out on the highway and anywhere else in between.