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Today's Opinions

  • One news bulletin that should have been a hoax

    I had planned to write this week’s column about the greatest April Fool’s hoaxes of all time—whistling carrots, “Big Ben goes digital” and “Internet spring cleaning” among them.

    Granted, it would have been belated—just after April Fool’s Day, something I just wasn’t thinking about for last week’s paper, March 27, the Beacon’s pre-April Fool’s edition.

  • Trying to understand the impact of race relations in America

    The issue of race is front and center in the current presidential campaign. Candidates and political pundits are addressing the question of race more than at any time in recent history.

    There has never been a presidential campaign that has had a white female, a black male and a white male vying for the highest office in the land.

  • Who's the real Mike McIntyre?

    There seems to be two Rep. Mike McIntyres. One is the conservative Blue Dog Democrat Mike who shows up when he needs the support of the people.

    The other is the Liberal Mike who follows the lead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when casting his votes in Congress.

    On two separate occasions, Liberal Mike has voted, supposedly, to correct the rising cost of gas. The first time, he only addressed a very small part of the problem. He voted with the liberals to crack down on price gouging and fight against those who attempt to fix the price of oil.

  • Monroe teachers care about kids

    As a former teacher at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, I am very disturbed by the negativity this school has received.

    After reading the articles in a recent paper, I felt compelled to stand up for all the teachers. I have worked in many schools since I started my endeavors as a teacher, and I can honestly say Jessie Mae is my home.

    I believe I speak for the entire staff when I say we chose teaching as our profession because we adore children. I want to let the public know that there are so many wonderful things that happen at this school day to day.

  • How to lobby for terminal groins

    I had several people contact me and ask what is the best way to lobby for hardened structures in North Carolina.

    We are at the beginning of legislation to get an experimental terminal groin in the state.

    Senate Bill 599 passed the N.C. Senate and was referred to a committee in the House. It will be up to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to pass it out of committee so it can go to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill is a pilot program for groins in inlets.

  • Thanks to 'angel'

    While driving to Shallotte for a shopping trip, my car started to steer in an awkward fashion. Naturally, I stopped immediately.

    Walking around the car, I found the right front tire was rapidly going flat. Then from nowhere came this angel in the form of a young man named George Coggins.

    George is an employee of Waccamaw Bank. And like an angel, George changed the tire to the spare and refused any reward.

    How wonderful this young man is, and by coincidence, we are customers of the bank.

  • Remember the week of the young child

    Young children here in Brunswick County deserve the best that we can give them.

    Week of the Young Child, April 13-19, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care.

    Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

  • Jewish feasts provide link to Christian heritage

    Most Christians know little about our Jewish heritage. Little is known of the seven Jewish feasts that were celebrated in the spring and in the fall.

    Hidden in the spring feasts are foreshadowing’s of the first coming of the Messiah.

    This year, Passover, Pesach for Jewish observers, comes on April 20. For the Jew, this is a remembrance of how “the Angel of Death” passed over, and they were delivered from 400 years of bondage in Egypt.

    For the Christian, this is a reminder of how Jesus delivered us from the bondage of sin and death.