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Today's Opinions

  • Tribute to Holdens is deserved

    It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.

    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.

    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • Here's the skinny on fending off scammers

    If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.

  • Justice may be closer for Jaronn

    It’s a shame most of us only got to know Jaronn Ladale McAllister because of his violent death March 1, 2012.

    The 3-year-old Shallotte boy was full of the unlimited potential all small children have, and someone cruelly robbed it from him, from us.

    It’s been a long time coming ­— far too long, some say — but at last someone is being held responsible for killing him.

  • Go right ahead and pass me by

    I have to warn you, I am now the slowest river on the road.

    If you are trying to get somewhere quickly, I’ll be over in the right lane. Don’t mind me.

    I don’t know if I’m finally starting to get used to the way things work around here or if I’ve just given up on the tenets the high school football coaches/driver’s education instructors taught me in summer school.

    But I’m just going to go with it from here on out.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.

  • Carolina Shores recycle center a ‘disaster’

    To the editor:

    I just returned from my first trip to the recycle center Carolina Shores since Jerry Franklin is no longer at the site. I can sum this up in one word: disaster. The guy who was there did absolutely nothing and could not care less about what people were doing. The recycle container was overflowing (throw stuff in one side and it comes out the other side) and I saw a vacuum cleaner in there as well — no checking of stickers, no nothing.

  • Twin lakes don’t draw tourists

     

    To the editor:

    We all want our neighbors to maintain their property. If not, the town of Sunset Beach has ordinances to ensure they do. If they don’t, the town will do the work and invoice the owner.

  • Lack of directional signaling shows motorists’ lack of common sense

    To the editor:

    Referencing his letter printed in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon, kudos to Michael Jones.

    As he states, the use of automobile directional signals is fast becoming a thing of the past. This is second on my list of pet motoring peeves, topped only by use of cell phones while driving, which has become epidemic here in this country.