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Today's Opinions

  • Congress needs to be smarter

    To the editor: A couple of weeks ago, I watched the congressional hearings on oil company profits. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was onstage denouncing oil companies for making too much money.

    She was mad and threatening to “socialize” oil companies for making too much money. What this total imbecile apparently does not know or care about is Congress taxes oil companies three times the money that oil companies make in profit.

    She does not know the difference between a profit margin and profit, but I bet all the loan sharks in her district know the difference.

  • Obama's message is bothersome

    To the editor: Obama has promised and delivered on “Change in America” by defeating the evil and corrupt “Clinton Machine.”

    He said that business as usual in Washington will end and he has delivered on this major victory, but his other ideas of change bother me, especially when I read on his Web site he wants every American to have free healthcare, bail out those who made bad home purchases, spend more on education and provide college for all.

  • Time for change in Congress

    To the editor: I like Rep. Mike McIntyre, and I do not know of anyone who does not like Mike.

    He has been an able and generally good representative of the people and has done a reasonably good job. He is a Democrat.

    It is not a bad thing to be a Democrat. There are only two major parties in the United States; however, being a Democrat does carry some baggage. As does being a Republican.

    Most people consider North Carolina to be relatively conservative. We have a high population of church-going, God-fearing people of which I am proud to be one.

  • Widow outraged by repeat offender

    To the editor: I was outraged when I read the May 22 edition of The Brunswick Beacon. The laws should be tougher for repeat criminal behavior.

    My husband [Adam Bradshaw] might be alive today if the laws were already tougher for those who choose to be career criminals. The fact is, they have a choice.

    They can choose to commit crimes or they can choose not to commit crimes. I don’t understand the psychology behind it.

    What drives someone to choose a life of crime? What drives someone to commit murder?

  • Shallotte Point businesses respond

    To the editor: We represent two of the three businesses that have been written about in recent letters to the editor concerning annexation of Shallotte Point properties.

    Our family has been in Shallotte Point for more than 100 years so we care about the Point.

    We want to set things straight.

  • Concerned about county salaries

    To the editor: I am concerned about unequal treatment of Brunswick County employees.

    I understand a “select few” are receiving a significant pay raise, while other employees have been informed merits would be held to the mid-range this year even if their manager had recommended a higher merit.

    Mr. Sue made the comment that the county manager may know something about the employee that his manager doesn’t know and is in a better position to judge the employee’s merit.

  • Shallotte loses healer, friend

    To the editor: I lost a good friend last week. Shallotte lost a good friend as well.

    When I came to Shallotte in 1973, my first medical doctor was Dr. B.B. (Ben) Ward. Friends and relatives called him Bennie Brooks. I never worked up enough courage to call him that.

    To me he was “Dr. Ward,” the healer of all of my ailments, the man who got me well enough to never miss work. We socialized very little, probably because we ran in different circles.

  • Local summer events heat up

    The Shallotte Fire Department, whose members recently moved into new headquarters on Wall Street beside the old fire station, has set an achievement ceremony for firefighters followed by an open house for the public on June 19.

    The achievement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and Mayor Gerald Long will recognize individual firefighters for their achievements during the past year, including the various certifications, degrees and awards they received.

    The following fire officials will be recognized: