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Today's Opinions

  • Schools need consistency, continuity

    To the editor:

    Nine school superintendents in 30 years? The longest surviving and one of the best, Marion Wise, served just six years.

    If you want a high performing, results-driven organization, you must have consistency and continuity of leadership. Brunswick County Schools, the students, teachers, principals and staff deserve this.

    The board would be well served by having the North Carolina School Boards Association not just assist in the new search, but also in assessing the board’s inability to retain good leaders for the long term.

  • Stumbling upon news has become second nature

    There I was in the office the other night — sitting at my desk and working at my computer, listening to Ray Charles and doing editor things — when I glanced out the window into the dark and saw a nondescript sedan heading down Smith Avenue toward U.S. 17 but slowing down for the Shallotte police cruiser, its blue lights flashing, following behind it. No big deal.

  • Making your gift count

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

     

    The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family and give thanks for our blessings. It’s also a time when many of us choose to give to those who are less fortunate.

    Across North Carolina, many people consider making donations to charities and worthy causes an important part of their holiday traditions. 


  • Garbage-line delay raises a stink in Carolina Shores

    You know the Thanksgiving holiday is over when:

    1. The turkey platter is picked clean.
    2. Garbage and weekend yard-debris bags are full and piling up.
    3. The traffic line at the Carolina Shores recycle center is backed up Monday morning with residents waiting to dispose of those aforementioned bags.

    This is not a multiple-choice quiz. All of the above is correct.

  • Students’ concert, supporters merit thanks

    To the editor;

    I want to congratulate all of the students who were chosen to participate in the honor chorus concert Nov. 2 at Brunswick Community College and to those of you who sing and weren’t chosen.

  • Pruden’s ouster the work of mules, not thoroughbreds

    To the editor:

    Allow me to express my reaction to the dismissal of Ed Pruden as superintendent of Brunswick County Schools. Big mistake … terrible decision. What gives me the right to express my opinion to the mishandling of this situation? I believe there are two reasons that explain my right and opportunity to question this decision. First reason is my academic background and the second is my acquaintance with Pruden.

  • Shine light on school activities

    To the editor:

    Recent articles in the Beacon on education, local schools and the board of education meetings offered the community important facts that affect our most important asset: our children.

    In many cases, if not for the reporting by the Beacon staff, parents, grandparents and others would not be aware of these issues. Thank you for keeping a watchful eye for your readers.

  • Pray for our military, our nation’s healing

    To the editor:

    During this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we pray for all the members of our armed forces, many of whom are serving far from home, away from their families.

    May the spirit of God comfort them and their loved ones. May they continually know angelic protection. We pray they be filled with supernatural joy and thanks.

    Let our loving prayers especially reach out to our wounded warriors and their families as they journey toward restoration and healing. May there be provision for all of their needs.