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Today's Opinions

  • An open letter to Sen. Richard Burr

    To the editor: I am in receipt of your [Sen. Richard Burr’s] letter dated Aug. 12, 2008, whereby you related to me what you are doing to help alleviate the major problem of fuel costs facing all Americans today. You indicated you cosponsored the Gas Price Reduction Act of 2008 (S.3202), which is “a more serious and comprehensive solution to our energy crisis.”

    The major conditions of your proposed legislation are:

    • Exploration would have to be at least 50 miles off the coast.

    • Meet stringent environmental protections.

  • Who is a pig?

    To the editor: Sen. Obama, you pledged to run a clean campaign and not resort to low-level personal attacks, but your new TV ad makes fun of Sen. McCain not being able to use a computer to send e-mail.

    Well, he can’t physically use his hands to type because of the beatings he took during his five years as a POW.

    In my book, Sen. Obama, you are the pig with lipstick.

  • Why won't McIntyre debate?

    To the editor: Why has Rep. Mike McIntyre refused to debate his opponent on the issues that affect his constituent’s quality of life?

    He has plenty of time to travel around the county dispensing money for his pet projects that engender a photo-op, but no time to discuss issues like energy, taxes and national security.

    Why isn’t the media asking for a meeting between the candidates? An open discussion that highlights differences can enable the electorate to make an informed choice. Is McIntyre not willing to make the time for this important activity?

  • Make informed decisions

    To the editor: As Election Day approaches, it is crucial for all of us to exercise our constitutional right to vote. We should make those voting decisions based on where the candidates stand on your ranking of the important issues of our day.

  • McIntyre refuses the Democratic process

    To the editor: Mike McIntyre refuses to debate Will Breazeale. This is abysmal for a representative of the 7th District of North Carolina to refuse debate to a challenger for his elected seat. McIntyre claims Will Breazeale is not a credible candidateeereally? Section 2 of the United States Constitution says “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

  • Shallotte should take advantage of fire grant now

    Looking to keep a growing community properly staffed with an efficient fire department, Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell has been soliciting grants to aid the town.

    At the urging of the Town of Shallotte, Dunwell set out looking for additional funding sources and soon landed approval for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

    Last year, the town’s board of aldermen signed off on an application for the funding.

  • 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.