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Today's Opinions

  • 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:

  • New hospital groundbreaking is another forward step for Brunswick County

    As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Brunswick County experiences a lot of boom and bust from its growing population.

    While its impact on roads and other infrastructure can be negative, growth also brings a number of positive things.

    For example, many new businesses, stores and restaurants that would have previously overlooked Brunswick are stopping to set up shop here. That means more jobs for area workers. In some cases, it also means bringing more workers into the area, which in turn spurs on increased home building and sales.

  • E-mail is a hoax; N.C. not going to hands-free wireless

    If you’ve received an e-mail about cell phone usage in North Carolina, you might be scrambling to find yourself a hands-free headset.

    According to an e-mail circulating among Brunswick County residents and others throughout the state, effective July 1, North Carolina will have a new wireless telephone law. That law would prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.