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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thanks for cabana ban

    To the editor: In two short weeks, we will once again be making the trip to Ocean Isle Beach just as we have for the last 25 years

    The “kids” fly in from several distant points across the country and come with the same eagerness for the beach as when they were younger.

    All of us are thrilled to know we will once again be able to see and enjoy the full expanse of the beach. Thank you town council for bringing back the beach for everyone.

  • Cabana debate should continue

    To the editor: I would like to respond Mr. Godwin’s article that he and other readers have had enough of the cabana issue. While he may have had enough discussion on this issue, others and I have not.

    When a decision is made based on false assumptions, supported by false information, has at best marginal public support and is enforced with a heavy hand, don’t be surprised if some members of the public are offended and refuse to close the debate.