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Today's Opinions

  • Holden Beach 'massacre' letter unwarranted

    To the editor: I am disappointed that a Holden Beach commissioner sent an angry tirade to the editor and that the Beacon validated it with their headline.

    I attended that meeting and there was no travesty or massacre. All citizens were invited to express their interest in serving on any committee. This included existing committee members.

    Two people, including Gary Staley, asked not to be on the ballot for committees on which they were currently serving.

  • Shallotte Point being bulldozed

    To the editor: The town of Shallotte is “spot annexing” areas of Shallotte Point to pay for their sewer system with no regard for the preservation of the historic value, pristine nature and way of life of this small community.

    The concerned residents of “The Point” have no say in this brutal move to use their beloved community to underwrite the cost of the sewer system of a town that is miles away from them.

  • Special Olympics helps build character

    I was pretty excited to see the photo page on the Brunswick County Special Olympics in last week’s sports section.

    The excitement of competition was evident on all the participants’ faces—smiling and cheering, excitedly (although some timidly) working toward their goals. The young man with the shy smile holding the golf club really made me smile.

  • Congratulations to outstanding teachers

    Congratulations go out to all the Brunswick County Schools teachers honored recently at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

    Outstanding educators, representing each school in the county, were honored as teachers of the year for their individual schools. Friday, they joined together with other educators, administrators and education advocates to celebrate their honors and to single out the district’s top teacher for 2008.

  • If you're ready for change, it's time to get out and vote

    There’s been a whole lot going on in Brunswick County since I moved here just more than a year ago.

    Our community has had some big news headlines. Among them are a teacher who married a student and the sheriff being forced out of office after being indicted on four charges.

    We also had a school board member who faced a now-repealed domestic violence protection order after being accused of making threats to a Brunswick County Schools employee—a woman he had an admitted affair with.

  • Gas prices, cost of living make life difficult for working people

    A survey recently conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation found the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline is the No. 1 “economic woe” facing families in the United States.

    The survey, which was meant to measure how changes in the economy have affected everyday life, showed 44 percent of participants said paying for gas is “a serious problem.”

  • What will 'change' candidates really do for us?

    OK, so Election Day is upon us again, and I can’t help but think, “here we go again.”

    I have to admit, I have a more acute sense about elections and issues than I did before I got into the news business. I’m more involved, I’m more aware. I’m more passionate about the issues facing people in the community.

    It’s my job—I can’t afford not to be.

    But now that I’ve been around the block a time or two as far as elections go, I’m beginning to feel I’ve heard it all before.

  • Economic stimulus? I don't think so

    I was half asleep watching the ticker creep across the bottom of CNN Headline News when a headline caught my eye.

    The ticker read, “The first economic stimulus payments are in the mail, four days earlier than anticipated.”

    It then went on to say the government hoped this would stimulate the sluggish economy.

    I am not sure how they expect the miniscule $300, $600 and $900 checks to stimulate the economy. Most people will barely be able to catch their bills up with that check.