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Today's Opinions

  • Canopy rule not a sensible solution

    To the editor: Recently at Ocean Isle Beach, I was about to get my almost-brand-new canopy out of the car and set it up on the beach, as I do each year in front of our rental cottage, but I was waylaid by the lure of the morning paper.

    Horror of horrors, I read the letters to the editor of the Beacon and discovered I was about to become a local lawbreaker—maybe even a felon—for putting up a canopy.

    There were no signs in front of my cottage warning me about this, and no, the Realtor who rented me the cottage had not warned me to arrive canopy-less.

  • Disagrees with allegations

    To the editor: A recent letter to the editor made blatantly false assumptions about my beliefs and voting record.

    My record in Congress has been very clear in these items about which the false statements where made. Here are the facts about the items the writer mentioned:

    (1) I have consistently voted pro-life, and I have never voted for abortion on demand or for late-term abortion. National Right to Life has consistently recognized my pro-life voting record.

  • Cement plant and community safety

    To the editor: Instead of taking direct responsibility for the environmental safety of the community, [New Hanover] county officials have said it will be up to the regulators to make sure the Titan Cement plant won’t do any harm.

    A recent news report, however, stated, “80 percent of cement plants (including Titan) have had either formal or informal compliance violations in the past five years.”

    A recent analysis of the area near a TXI Riverside cement plant in California showed hexavalent chromium levels 20 times higher than what was acceptable.

  • State port not a good idea

    To the editor: The proposed state port near Southport is not a good idea and should not be started.

    Like most proposals by a small number of business interests, there are the usual promises of good-paying jobs that don’t materialize.

    Mechanization and computers will handle much of the movement of goods. Subcontractors paying the lowest wages, without benefits, will provide manual labor.

  • Thanks to Samaritan who returned purse

    To the editor: While visiting the beach on Thursday, June 5, my purse fell out of my basket and I did not realize it until I was at the home of my friend’s grandparents in Sunset Beach.

    A good Samaritan found it in the sand, turned the purse over to the beach patrol and they sent it over to the police department where I claimed it.

    I am very appreciative, as the purse contained my camera and birthday money. Thank you very much, and I wish you well.

  • American Legion folks are great

    To the editor: I have lived on Oak Island for 20 years, having come south from Buffalo, N.Y., and I would like to say a few words of appreciation to the wonderful people of Nocha White Post 503 American Legion in Calabash.

    My good wife of 46 years passed away two years ago after four or five years of ill health.

    The last six months she had to endure kidney dialysis, and this brought us to Shallotte for three days a week, three or four hours a day. I had to stay close.

  • Advice for the new graduates and the class of 2012

    Congratulations class of 2008, you made it! Now you’re in a new class—class of 2012.

    As most of you begin to prepare for the first move-in day at your new college or university, I’m sure you’re hearing the same things from your moms and dads.

    “Don’t party too much; do your homework; don’t stay out too late,” blah, blah, blah.

    Having graduated from college only two years ago myself, I believe to still be in tune with the college scene and have a pretty good idea of what to do and what not to do.

  • Calabash leaders shouldn't forget promises of integrity, open government

    When Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons ran for election last year, he said, “The citizens of Calabash are calling for a ‘better today’ as well as a ‘better tomorrow.’ They want to see leadership, integrity and confidence restored to the office of mayor, and I fully support their goals.”

    When a Beacon reporter called him on deadline for a brief pre-election interview over the telephone, Clemmons spoke off-the-cuff and apparently voiced what was in his mind and heart without a prepared script.