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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Learning to know Jesus

    Does Jesus know you? You might ask why I would ask a question like that. I do because it may be the most important question you could ask regarding where you will spend eternity.

  • Southern charm is real in Brunswick

    To the editor: In a letter titled, “Is southern charm real?” (May 1 issue of the Beacon) a reader suggests: “If it were decided tomorrow to go back 25 years and never migrate to this beautiful area, then this area would still be picking tobacco and cotton.”

    Well, you got me there! I can’t argue with that statement because I can’t find the subject of the first clause and therefore cannot follow the logic. I wasn’t picking cotton or tobacco in Brunswick County 25 years ago. I was learning basic sentence structure at Shallotte Middle School.

  • Holden Beach 'massacre' letter unwarranted

    To the editor: I am disappointed that a Holden Beach commissioner sent an angry tirade to the editor and that the Beacon validated it with their headline.

    I attended that meeting and there was no travesty or massacre. All citizens were invited to express their interest in serving on any committee. This included existing committee members.

    Two people, including Gary Staley, asked not to be on the ballot for committees on which they were currently serving.