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Today's Opinions

  • If you're ready for change, it's time to get out and vote

    There’s been a whole lot going on in Brunswick County since I moved here just more than a year ago.

    Our community has had some big news headlines. Among them are a teacher who married a student and the sheriff being forced out of office after being indicted on four charges.

    We also had a school board member who faced a now-repealed domestic violence protection order after being accused of making threats to a Brunswick County Schools employee—a woman he had an admitted affair with.

  • Gas prices, cost of living make life difficult for working people

    A survey recently conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation found the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline is the No. 1 “economic woe” facing families in the United States.

    The survey, which was meant to measure how changes in the economy have affected everyday life, showed 44 percent of participants said paying for gas is “a serious problem.”

  • What will 'change' candidates really do for us?

    OK, so Election Day is upon us again, and I can’t help but think, “here we go again.”

    I have to admit, I have a more acute sense about elections and issues than I did before I got into the news business. I’m more involved, I’m more aware. I’m more passionate about the issues facing people in the community.

    It’s my job—I can’t afford not to be.

    But now that I’ve been around the block a time or two as far as elections go, I’m beginning to feel I’ve heard it all before.

  • Economic stimulus? I don't think so

    I was half asleep watching the ticker creep across the bottom of CNN Headline News when a headline caught my eye.

    The ticker read, “The first economic stimulus payments are in the mail, four days earlier than anticipated.”

    It then went on to say the government hoped this would stimulate the sluggish economy.

    I am not sure how they expect the miniscule $300, $600 and $900 checks to stimulate the economy. Most people will barely be able to catch their bills up with that check.

  • Disney World just a senior trip away

    I know sages wiser than me advise parents not to live vicariously through their children, but that’s exactly what happened when my 17-year-old recently ventured with other high school seniors from Carolina to Florida.

    Suddenly, Disney World blossomed vividly before me, harking back to Sunday nights when Walt Disney’s “Wonderful World of Color” erupted on Peacock TV, better known as NBC, with a little magic from Tinkerbell.

    “Oh, I wish I could go,” I whined. “Pullleaze? Can’t Mama go?”

  • Thanks to Beacon readers for responding, sharing ideas

    First of all, I want to thank the public for responding to the April 17 column titled “Providing assistance to those in need is compassion not socialism.”

    Discussions of these kinds of issues are needed more than ever. It is great that there can be civil, respectful discussions between columnist and readers on non-conventional issues.

    Most who read my columns know I am a passionate advocate of personal responsibility.I feel a person should work hard and not expect a handout from the government or from private agencies.

  • Is Southern charm real?

    To the editor: I came to the South two years ago and have yet to witness the Southern charm the world talks about. I have a theory on why.

    When northerners or any other person besides those from the South visit, spend a lot of money and then go back home, we get Southern charm. Now they refer to us as damn Yankees because some of us came and did not go back.

    Twenty-five years ago, you could count on one hand how many millionaires lived in this area, and you could also name the few people who ran everything. Today, more people from around the world live and thrive here.

  • Concerned about youth baseball

    To the editor: I would like to express my concern about Dixie Youth baseball.

    Each child pays to play on a team and learn how to play, good sportsmanship and how to set examples for others. This is hard to do when the coaches don’t set good examples in front of them.

    I have been following my grandson from T-ball, coach pitch, minor and now majors. My grandson, along with three more gets, get to play one inning, sometimes maybe two, and they rotate the same position.

    The other kids play most of the game and rotate around the field.