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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrities should stay out of politics

    Are you smarter than the celebrity who is endorsing your presidential candidate?

    I’ll admit I love wasting a few dollars in line at the grocery store on a gossip magazine as much as the next person, but at least then I know what to expect.

    But when the latest starlet to enter rehab dominates my news, I get extremely frustrated.

    Lately I have been increasingly annoyed at the fact I am constantly bombarded with presidential endorsements—by celebrities.

    I simply don’t care.

  • 'Grease' is the word this weekend

    During my high school days, ‘Grease’ was the one show everyone in the theater guild longed to be a part of.

    Maybe it was because the movie made it so popular, maybe it was because of the catchy lyrics, or maybe it was a show set in a high school environment we could all relate to, I’m not really sure.

    But for some reason, it was always the show we hoped to perform.

    My sophomore year the big announcement hit—we would begin auditions for “Grease.”

  • Cold weather preparations more difficult than expected

    This week I’m heading to Alaska to participate in a facet of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Anchorage.

    I’m heading there to help support a group of soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center who will be riding in the initial phase of the race, as well as to shoot footage for a perspective story for The Christian Broadcasting Network, and to cover the race for The Beacon.

  • Stalking stars in Hollywood

    As the Beacon’s Los Angeles correspondent, at least for this week, I felt it my duty to report to you the sights and scenes of the 80th Academy Awards.

    It was total coincidence I just happened to be in the City of Angels when the red carpet was rolling out this past Sunday. Or was it?

    Maybe it was fate, written on the “stars,” so to speak. It also was my birthday. Maybe I’ll get a bonus for reporting on it and for having a birthday.

  • Canal dredging should be done fairly

    To the editor: After years of meetings and more meetings “to get ready to get ready” to do something about the canal dredging program, it was great to see the town adopt the dredging program three years ago.

    It was encouraging to see dredging this year on the natural canals and the start on the concrete canals. It has generally been understood that the start on the concrete canals would be to dredge the two entrances to the Intracoastal Waterway and the connector canals (known as 18, 19 and 20).

  • Another 'Southern belle's' opinion

    To the editor: Does self-proclaimed southern belle Julie Bryant (letter to the editor, Feb. 14) consider herself the southern belle who always calls before she comes over, never states opinion around the men-folk, and gets her way through re-arranging the truth and manipulation?

    How fondly I remember those ladies as I sat alone in my room every holiday due to the involuntary internment caused by my latest case of “civil disobedience.”

  • More euthanasia changes needed

    To the editor: Thank you, Laura Lewis, for the Feb. 21 article on the proposed euthanasia rules for N.C. animal shelters.

    However, I strongly believe further changes/revisions are necessary for the humane treatment of animals.

    The only method N.C. facilities should be allowed to “put down” any animal is by lethal injection (EBI). Vets only use EBI; they do not use gas chambers for many reasons. Not only is carbon monoxide a horrendous death for the animals (struggling for air in the dark box), but also it is very dangerous for facility employees.

  • Leaders should have to witness animal torture

    To the editor: When are some people going to come into the 21st century? Gas chambers for the helpless, voiceless animals that are also God’s creatures and who have committed “no crime”?

    The “crime” is being committed by the “so-called” officials. What is wrong with these officials who are so very determined to cause pain and suffering to these helpless animals?