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Today's Opinions

  • Stepping into public office and out of the editorial pages

    I guess by now you’ve heard the news: I’ve been appointed as a new county commissioner.

    It’s not until you spend time talking with folks about the issues, research the perspectives, attend meetings, go through the mail or embrace the daunting task of reading 300-600 pages of material each month can one grasp the formidable challenge it takes to be in public office.

  • I used to fear what would happen if I didn't fill up; now I worry I can't

    The light on my car had been flashing for days. I did my best to ignore it, knowing it wouldn’t disappear for good on its own. I hoped, instead, if I parked just right on incline or maybe even an appropriate decline, it would shut off at least for a little while.

  • Fake credit cards are the latest in identity theft shenanigans

    As if there wasn’t enough corruption in the world to worry about, some dirty, underhanded criminals have come up with a new way to steal our credit card information.

    It’s called “cloning” or “skimming,” where machines are used to transfer innocent, unsuspecting, hard-working people’s account information onto fake credit cards where they can then be used at nearly any location that accepts cards.

  • This Mother's Day may be the best ever

    I’m looking forward to Sunday, and not just because it’s the weekend.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love weekends; but this Sunday is a special one. This Sunday will be my first Mother’s Day with my son.

    Two years ago, I couldn’t imagine myself as a mother. I had lots of practice mothering both my sister and my dog. They didn’t always like it, but like a mother, I was always there for them.

    When my sister was little I helped give her a bottle and change her diaper. As she got older, I bossed her around and chased away neighborhood bullies.

  • Citing new stimuli to spend, pay, gas up

    When my economic stimulus payment passed through town last Friday (I have the good fortune to own both a low Social Security number and direct deposit), about half of it was already spent on life’s necessities.

    I filled up the car tank with eau de petroleum and the human tanks at home with food! I made another mortgage payment!

  • When living in the South

    To the editor: In a recent letter to the editor (May 1 issue of the Beacon), Ralph E. McClernan, bless his heart, asks the following question: “Is southern charm real?”

    I believe it is. I know because I am a southern belle through and through, and I can be quite charming if I may say so myself; however, I can get meaner than a barrel of snakes if pushed too far, which is sometimes what happens when one of my Yankee friends makes fun of everything I hold dear—my southern family, my redneck friends and my quaint culture.

  • Southern charm must be earned

    To the editor: This is in reference to last week’s letter from Mr. McClernan.

    I am a Brunswick County native and have worked with the public for several years. I even know people originally from the North who I consider friends.

    As for our “cotton and tobacco picking” days, this was a good way for a teenager to earn honest money.

    I guess I have too much “southern charm” to tell you where you can put your money. By the way, people in the South crop tobacco. They don’t pick it.

  • Oprah's guru not the way to find God

    To the editor: I am teaching high school students the classic works of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman, which in another lifetime I had to absorb in someone else’s classroom.

    Even then, these authors were not high on my personal “hit parade.” They were the leaders of the 19th century pseudo-religion that accepted the moral teachings of Jesus but denied the divinity of Christ.

    They asserted the divinity of man while renouncing historic Christianity.