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Opinion

  • To the editor: I believe everyone should be held accountable for their actions—adults and children alike.

    My family and I attended the Shallotte Christmas parade. I have never been so appalled by the actions of grown women and men in an environment where everyone around you can see and hear everything that you do.

    I have never encountered such disregard and disrespect for others than I did that day.

  • To the editor: While driving through Shallotte a few days ago, I noticed a strange message on the marquee of a local restaurant.

    It read: “It’s called CHRISTmas.”

    Strange, because many other establishments have no qualms about celebrating the Holy Day; however, to avoid offending anyone, they attempt to be politically correct and omit Jesus.

    No thought is given about offending Christians who know Jesus is the reason for the very existence of Christmas.

     

  • To the editor:

    A recent article in the Beacon highlighted an awards ceremony for volunteers for their service to Brunswick County.

    Recipients were individuals and groups cited for their contributions as part of the Governor’s Award for outstanding service to the county.

    Among those worthy recipients for honors bestowed was special recognition for the St. James Fire Department and its large volunteer organization, including a fire auxiliary that raises money and provides support and maintenance.

  • It’s always great to hear of billionaires donating money and resources to organizations, especially children’s charities, but to me, it means more when you hear of hard-working, everyday people going the extra mile to make a contribution or donation simply because they want to, not because they have an extra million or two laying around and send out press releases announcing their good deeds to the world.

  • According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, in Brunswick County in 2007, 183 women younger than 19 became pregnant. The youngest reported was a mere 12 years old. Across the state, more than 20,000 women younger than 19 got pregnant last year.

    In the Brunswick County Health Department’s Community Assessment for 2007, the report indicated the county “continues to have an unusually high rate of teen pregnancy,” referring to 296 children born to mothers younger than 19 during a year-and-a-half period.

  • To the editor: Shallotte lost another of our town forefathers last month.

    Those of you who have been here for a long time remember Dykes Tires as Shady Park Esso, which opened around 1940.

    You remember Dykes checking your tires, looking under the hood, chit-chatting while he filled up your tank, never seeming to be in a hurry for you to leave.

  • If you owned a television at all in 1988 you probably remember the scene that played out on countless “entertainment” television shows, and the follow-up images and stories that later came in newspapers and magazines.

    That was the year media tycoon Oprah Winfrey rolled a wagon of fat onto the set of her show representing the 67 pounds she reportedly lost. Since then the daytime talk show host has become a spokesperson for many—touting eating healthier and exercising.

  • Since we’re knocking on 2009’s door, this is the time of the year when, among everything else, we’re inundated with the “best-ofs” and the “year-in-reviews” and all other shows, programs, stories and broadcasts remembering all things great in 2008.

    I watched one such show last week, and I think that’ll be enough to last me for at least another year.

    I found it mind-numbingly predictable, and I’m willing to bet all the rest will be equally unsurprising.

  • I don’t think any of us needed an official announcement to know that. We’ve seen too many of our neighbors and friends losing jobs, losing income and struggling to make it. We’ve experienced it ourselves.

    It’s good to know, then, in these troubled times, some people are stepping up to the plate to make things a little better here in Brunswick County.

  • To the editor: I would like to know who thought up the turnaround on U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach Road?

    Instead of putting up a traffic light, which would have been safer for drivers, now they have you crossing three lanes to make a U-turn to go south on U.S. 17.

    I feel this must have been a first-grade project. I don’t think an adult would have thought of something like this turnaround. It is backing up traffic on Ocean Isle Beach Road, which we never had before this turnaround was put in.

  • To the editor: The following excerpt is written by Rev. William J.H. Boetcker from the turn of the century. Its relevance to today’s political climate is quite evident.

  • To the editor: A mother sat next to the fireplace lost in thought. Three years ago that day, her oldest child left and never returned home.

    A year later, her other child, next to the oldest, joined his brother in heaven. Her sadness echoed through the house. She did what all mothers do when they are hurting—she called her mother.

    “Please pray for God to comfort me. I just feel so broken. I know that he has reassured me over and over that the children are with him, but I am sure that he understands the heart of a mother.”

  • Last week proved to be a week of firsts for my son. It began with trip to the dentist and culminated with a Christmas parade and ride on a double-decker carousel.

    Last Thursday, I was extremely nervous—much more nervous than my son, who would be the one in the dentist’s chair. How would I keep him still for the exam? What if he bit the dentist? What if we had to wait a long time before our appointment?

  • Since 1973, around Christmas time, I have dressed up in an authentic Santa Claus suit and experienced joy with countless children and adults at home and overseas.

    This story shares highlights of a wonderful hobby.

    The Origin of St. Nicholas

    A credible account appeared in The Brunswick Beacon on Dec. 20, 2007, titled “The history behind the real Saint Nicholas; Yes there is a Santa Claus” by Dewey Simpson, Special To The Beacon.

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    LAURA LEWIS

    There are three things I vowed never to do in this life: Go bungee-jumping (I still haven’t), eat beets (I still don’t) and wait outside on cold concrete in the wee hours waiting to buy some fool thing on Black Friday.

    Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

  • To the editor: In reference to Frank Smith’s letter: “Unhappy with Police Department.”

    Just to make a point of Mr. Smith’s letter, I did some research regarding his statement that the Shallotte Police Department allegedly said a crime had not been committed since no money changed hands and an investigation would not be warranted.

    I researched the North Carolina General Statutes and a partial reading of Article 19, False Pretenses and Cheats, states:

    “Obtaining property by false pretenses:

  • A hood that was pulled up from a sweatshirt covered his head. To block the uncharacteristically cold wind that was blowing, he had a jacket tightened around him.

    From beneath it I could see that familiar red apron indicating he was standing in the cold for a good reason—he was a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.

  • Can you imagine cutting strangers’ credit cards, walking around malls dressed as zombies or getting together with friends to drive shopping carts around in a conga line at a local discount store?

    Those are a few of the ideas Adbusters, a nonprofit organization of anti-big business types, suggested for what they call “Buy Nothing Day,” a protest movement on the day after Thanksgiving.

  • This week several elected officials representing Brunswick County Commissioners, the register of deeds, county coroner and the Brunswick County Board of Education were sworn into office.

    As they stood before family, friends, government leaders and their constituents, for many the moment highlighted the hard work each of these invested into getting elected.

  • To the editor: The Southport/Oak Island Friends of the Library would like to extend a huge thank you to the community and all our dedicated volunteers for their overwhelming support during our second annual Friends of the Library Week Oct. 19-25.

    Friends of the Library supports and works with the local libraries to help provide books and various needed supplies not included in the county budget for our community libraries, as well as volunteers to help the local libraries in any way needed.