Today's Opinions

  • A Valentine's Day without chocolate is like torture

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    This is the one day of the year when you can stop by any store selling valentines and see people—I don’t mean to sound sexist but mostly men—lined up at the cards section. It’s an annual ritual known as “don’t come home without one.”

    My advice is to get there early, before all that’s left are aunt and uncle cards or ones decorated with a smiling turtle reading, “For a sweet 3-year-old.”

  • Taxpayers: Shelling out too much and receiving too little

    I’m tired of getting ripped off.

    You and I are paying too much in taxes, we’re paying too much for gasoline, which is over-priced to begin with. To add insult to injury we can get it down the road in South Carolina for a whole lot less. (Why can’t we purchase gasoline for even less in North Carolina?)

    When it comes to our schools, I don’t think we get our money’s worth. I was reading studies on charter schools and how they are constantly under scrutiny (or they don’t get their charter for the following year).

  • Defeatist attitude is the problem

    To the editor:

    Yes, the 2008 presidential election, most notably the Democratic primaries, have “captured the imagination of America,” prompting more people to get involved in the process than ever before by watching, listening, volunteering, voting and even writing letters to the editor.

  • Sheriff letter hit nail on the head

    To the editor:

    I applaud Jacqueline DeGroot for her letter in the Beacon on the circus concerning Sheriff Hewett.

    My feelings on this matter are exactly the same. I have known Sheriff Hewett for a very long time and know he and his family are fine upstanding citizens of this county.

    He has done, and continues to do, his job to the very best of his abilities in spite of everything.

    I know and firmly believe wholeheartedly there is not another individual who is better qualified as the sheriff of Brunswick County.

  • DeGroot letter was rude, wrong

    I would like to weigh in on the attitude of Jaqueline DeGroot over the letter she wrote regarding the state and countys seriousness of [the investigation into] Ronald Hewett.

    I dont know Mr. Hewett personally or professionally, but I am a citizen of Brunswick County, a true southern belle, and I am speaking from experience as my grandfather was a sheriff deputy one rank below sheriff status for 32 years for Lee County. My mom retired from the department of corrections.

  • Smart Start helps, but more needed

    To the editor:

    Smart Start has been operating in Brunswick County for many years and continues to improve the lives of young children and their families.

    The most significant improvements have been in improving childcare quality and increasing the number of children in high quality care.

    Today, with a great deal of dedication, hard work and statewide collaboration, 57 percent of young children are in high quality care. This reflects a 33 percent increase in the overall level of quality in childcare facilities since 2001.

  • Bridges, sewer plants change beach life

    Two factors that really have changed Holden Beach and the general Brunswick County area are the central sewage treatment plant and high-rise bridges.

    There is no question the high-rise bridge alone has changed the character and even costs of living on Holden Beach. Some of the change has damaged the very character of the island.

    Greed took over, and instead of reasonably priced homes on the island, we are seeing monstrous homes being built that totally obscure the ocean view from Ocean Boulevard, and that is a shame.

  • Stimulus package is a joke

    To the editor:

    In the past week, the Economic Stimulus Package, HR 5140, designed to give American taxpayers a rebate check, passed the House and has been passed on to the Senate.

    This bill, written by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has a provision that will send a rebate check to anyone who paid taxes and submitted a Social Security number to the IRS.