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Today's Opinions

  • Finding kindness more difficult in crueler world

    Is it me, or is the world getting meaner?

    I mean, I don’t mean I’M getting meaner—although my mall-shopping, cell-phone-gabbin’ teenager may beg to differ. But a lot of other people in our community and world seem to be—getting meaner, I mean.

    All you have to do is scan through some of the local crime reports from this past week to start wondering what’s up:

    Assault in Shallotte—Bubba Joe conked Willie Earl on the head with a beer bottle, and there’s a good chance alcohol was involved. Nice.

  • Tax time a headache even for those who think ahead

    April 15 has now come and gone, but even though I filed my taxes well in advance of the deadline, it caused me more pain and anguish than I thought possible.

    Not being any kind of math genius or finance guru, I decided to take my taxes to a local professional this year. I chose a nationally known tax service, thinking it might cost a little bit but it’d be easy and hassle-free.

    During the past year, I spent time working in both Kentucky and North Carolina, so I had two sets of W2s.

  • Providing assistance to those in need is compassion, not socialism

    Believing in needed government assistance doesn’t make a person a socialist.

    There is a consensus among many Americans that a person is a socialist or has socialist ideas when there is mention of government help for a person or a family who truly needs financial assistance.

    A major illness or a prolonged loss of employment has the potential of forcing high-income, well-educated, super religious, ultra liberal—and even my fellow conservatives—to seek assistance from the government or other agencies when survival is at stake.

  • Is Holden Beach really a family beach?

    To the editor: I just heard the sad news about David Sandifer’s death.

    I did not know Mr. Sandifer personally, but I had the opportunity to work with him when I purchased my house on Holden Beach.

    At the time, I did not know much about the area except it was a small town with a nice beach. I saw it as an escape from busy city life. Mr. Sandifer saw it as much more.

    I had several discussions with him about the area, and all he could say were positive things: how much he enjoyed living here and how Holden Beach had a reputation for being a great family beach.

  • Remember the needy in your community

    To the editor: I have been honored to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly for the past 40 years.

    Many of the friends and acquaintances I have made are frequent visitors to the area and are envious of the scenic beauty and relaxed lifestyle they experience on vacation.

    They have read the national and state headlines about the economic downturn and related housing troubles, but they do not understand the underpinning of Brunswick County’s year-round economy is construction.

  • Stealing signs not the American way

    To the editor: This past weekend, I proudly staked my Obama ’08 sign in the front yard of my home in the Landing II.

    The thought briefly passed through my mind someone might steal it.

    I quickly pushed that thought out of the way, mentally chiding myself for not giving more credit to the residents of the county where I grew up.

    Imagine my dismay to discover the sign was stolen the first night it was up.

  • The horse race continues in '08

    To the editor: As each was before it, the “Big Race of ’92” was a race between Money’s Might, Moral Mission and Military Muscle.

    Early in the race, Money’s Might and Moral Mission left Military Muscle running a distant third. The cheers of the fans then pushed Money’s Might on to an easy victory.

    The winning jockey celebrated his victory over Moral Mission with big cigars and busy bottoms, redefining in the process the universal understanding of “illicit sexual relations” among jockeys, horses and fans.

  • A special day to honor a special man

    Longtime Shallotte residents and town officials want to honor one of their own.

    The mayor and board of alderman have proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day” in Shallotte in honor of former alderman and mayor Jerry Jones, who also served as a Brunswick County commissioner for six years.

    In fact, Jones was the board chairman when I arrived at the Beacon.

    More recently, he came back to his “roots” by serving as alderman again until, due to health concerns, he decided not to seek re-election last year.His service will not soon be forgotten.