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Today's Opinions

  • Stats in letter make almost no sense

    To the editor:

    Regarding G.L. Herbin’s letter in the Aug. 14 edition: I did not get the point or understand the statistics in it. Herbin claimed 145 million folks draw a check each month from the government.

    In fact, 63 million receive an earned Social Security check and 12.8 million receive welfare checks, only 15 percent of which are Hispanic. Herbin also claims that there are only 85 million taxpayers in America these days, but in fact, in 2013, 139 million folks paid FICA taxes, which was only on 75 percent of wages paid in 2013.

  • Citizens, taxpayers deserve transparency, consideration

    To the editor:

    I write this letter to offer constructive criticism to the planning board or any other town board, committee, department or council and to provide information for Sunset Beach taxpayers. At the last planning board meeting (Aug. 7), I respectfully asked for more transparency in the posted agenda. The online agenda for that meeting did not list swimming pools as a topic, as well as other important items that were discussed.

  • Public school employees lose in state budget

    To the editor:

    Although GOP leaders claim that public school employees were winners in the 2014-15 budget fight, the fine print indicates that they were overall losers. About 3,300 teacher assistants will lose their jobs when funding is cut by $105 million. Many experienced teachers will lose their longevity pay and receive less than a 2 percent salary increase. Although it has been almost 10 years since new textbooks were purchased, the book allowance for the entire state will be $1 million — only 60 cents per student.

  • Democrats’ voters are welfare class

    To the editor:

    When the world and civilization needed a Charles Martel or Charlemagne and his paladins, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, what did the dependent, defective and delinquent class of voters elect? They elected the court jester and his band of clowns.

  • BFA thanks county residents for generosity

    To the editor:

    The residents of Brunswick County are to be commended for their outpouring of support for the Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) Back-to-School program.

  • Weighing in on last edition

    To the editor:

    My sincere opinions pertaining to the following articles in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon:

    Thank you for your column in regard to Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. I wholeheartedly agree with all you state.

    Chief Presiding Justice of Superior Court of Brunswick County Marion R. Warren has “proven beyond all reasonable doubt” that he is worthy to become an appellate presiding justice of the court in Raleigh. All residents of Brunswick County are fortunate to have him.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House and Senate held no voting sessions for almost two weeks, so there was no column in this series last week. There were “skeleton sessions” held to comply with the constitution, which says we must meet every four days while in session. These sessions are attended by members who live in the immediate area or are in Raleigh for other reasons. No votes are taken, but bills can be received from the other chamber and moved in and out of committees from the floor during these sessions.

  • Last-minute training for high school reunion ain't for sissies

    It’s strenuous and stressful but not impossible.

    As the late, always-in-shape Jack LaLanne might’ve said before his 78th Berkeley High School gathering (if there was one) — you, too, can start training for your high school reunion no matter where on the horizon it may be looming. And, believe me, m’dears, it is looming.

    For some time now, I’ve been trying to shape up for my own milestone high school reunion, whose number shall remain discreet because, blissfully, I can’t remember what it is.