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Opinion

  • “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand…”

    Henry David Thoreau

    1817 – 1863

    The beauty of attending Holden Beach Chapel is we hear a different preacher every Sunday.

    Last Sunday, we enjoyed a lively Quaker pastor sporting a long white beard. His refreshing sermon was pertinent to the joy found through leading a simple lifestyle, something we surely need more of these days.

  • To the editor:

    I owe so many people my gratitude and apologies. I spent so much time reacting out of anger, hurt, and pain. I have now let go of my pain, anger and hurt.

    My deepest apologies to everyone who stood in my angry line of fire. Thanks for your love, care, kindness, and patience.

    I owe the most gratitude and apologies to my husband, Adam Bradshaw. I was blessed and fortunate when I met Adam. I found someone I could trust with my heart, life, all that I have and all that I am.

  • To the editor:

    Being a local Realtor and traveling down the causeway almost daily, I have wondered what our causeway area would evolve to be.

    My family and I moved here in 2000 and other than minor fluctuations of business owners occasionally drifting in and out of leased space of existing buildings, there has been minimal change.

  • Recently, at my request, a senior Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sergeant escorted me on a late night visit to seven residential areas the department identifies as priority drug enforcement targets.

    They are listed in the article I wrote about the “ride along” experience.

    A trusted friend of mine approached me in church wearing a grin that reminded me of a possum eating peanut butter through a screen door.

  • At more than two feet long, it might be a little difficult to squeeze Spike the Ultra Dinosaur inside your busy shopping cart this holiday season, but if you’re a parent who is intent on getting your child one of the season’s top holiday gifts, you might want to plan ahead for this one.

    According to besttoysguide.com, Fisher-Price’s Spike is one of the must-haves of the season. The green plastic dinosaur comes complete with a remote control that, when activated, enables Spike to move and sound like the real thing.

  • I sat quietly as the names scrolled across the big screen in the front of the church. Some names I didn’t recognize, but most names I did.

    The names were names of those lost to murder, drunk driving and domestic violence, and the gravity of the evening was not lost on this reporter. Many of the names I recognized because I had reported on their deaths.

    I knew when and how these victims were taken from their families, but for the first times in many of their stories, I saw the people left behind in the wake of their senseless deaths.

  • At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

    The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

    If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

  • What comes to mind when you hear the words, “second harvest?”

    A second crop that comes to maturity directly on the heels of a previous one? People picking leftover crops still in the fields after mechanical harvesting?

    Either way you’d be correct but, there is a third definition for Second Harvest, one that does not get the acknowledgement it so richly deserves.

    Second Harvest also means the practice of distributing “soon to outdate” foods directly to local food pantries.

  • All of us older than, say 35, remember the terrific Hanna Barbera cartoon, “The Jetsons,” which told the story of a family of futuristic space dwellers who pushed buttons to get what they wanted and zoomed around in awesome-looking spaceships to get everywhere.

    The Jetsons also had a robot maid to take care of house cleaning, although it didn’t require a whole lot of work.

  • To the editor: Regarding the subject article in the Nov. 20 issue of the Beacon, I believe there may be an appropriate time to consider easing the 40-foot height restriction for building at Sunset Beach.

    We should all hope such consideration wouldn’t occur before the year 3008. We trust the people responsible won’t forget the things that make Sunset Beach so special.

  • To the editor: Clyde McCrackin survived the attack on the Yorktown during the battle of Midway in 1942. More than 2,400 of the 2,800 crewmen were rescued from the ship before it sank June 7, 1942.

    The Yorktown survivors were brought back to Pearl Harbor in secret and taken to a camp at the end of the island where they stayed for four months. They did not want anyone to know the ship had sunk.

    McCrackin was a farmer in Brunswick County for more than 45 years. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Nov. 29 at his home on Ash-Little River Road.

  • To the editor: On Nov. 18 at 3:42 p.m., I received a call from someone claiming to be with a police protection agency. They were trying to get me to send them money to help “enrolled police officers.”

    We do not talk to people about donations of any kind over the telephone and told them to

    send literature by mail and we would check it out and decide whether to send money or

    not. They hung up immediately.

  • Staring at the remnants of once carefully wrapped gift boxes, my mother did her best to stay caught up in the excitement of Christmas morning.

    She affectionately watched as my fingers tore through paper, tape and box corners, nodding at me as I smiled when I pulled out the gifts inside.

  • To the editor:

    Last week, a majority of citizens in Florida and California rightfully voted they had had enough of the threat of gay marriage and voted to amend their state constitutions to make the practice of men marrying men and women marrying women unconstitutional.

    They are outraged their wishes are not universally accepted and wanted, so they are now on a rampage to force their style down our throats. They are outraged the people of these states are not progressive enough and have voted only to allow sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

  • To the editor: Were I a political cartoonist I would ink a vision of president-elect Barack Obama’s promised “change” thusly: A dark and dreary wintry setting reveals Obama, shovel in hand, standing astride opened graves in the Bill Clinton Memorial Cemetery.

    The following names would appear etched on the headstones over several opened graves: Rahm Emanuel, Madeline Albright, Robert Reich, Greg Craig, Ron Klain, and Mona Sutphen.

    A caption on the cartoon would read: “I thought you stiffs would enjoy a ‘change’.”

  • To the editor: Did anyone else notice that only six out of 17 of our county’s schools passed the adequate yearly progress for last school year as this newspaper reported? Yet, Superintendent Katie McGee got a satisfactory performance rating and a nice increase in salary.

    To go with that, she also was awarded a Regional Superintendent’s Award. Tell me how. Her school system had some of the lowest end-of-grade test scores in the state.

  • To the editor: John Heidtke’s column in the Nov. 13 edition of The Brunswick Beacon confuses me. I am not sure whether he is saying people who wear zoot suits or sagging trousers deserve to be the object of civil unrest or whether he intends to make some other point.

    My first reaction was revulsion at what appeared to be racist statements, but perhaps the column would have benefited by more editing. I do not understand the point of the column and would appreciate further comment from Mr. Heidtke.

  • How well we are able to see and read makes a huge difference in how we relate to our world.

    For those in trouble, here is hope.

    An amazing witness

    During 1980, I was assigned to the St. Louis Missouri Division of the FBI.

    A disgruntled mechanic, recently fired from his General Services Administration job, drove into the basement garage of our federal building and exited his car with a loaded shotgun.

  • To the editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Leland Library, I would like to thank The Brunswick Beacon for helping publicize our most successful book sale ever.

    Other organizations helped with contributions including Carrabba’s Restaurant, Bath and Body Works, Leland Food Lion and the Leland Copy Center.

    We could not have done it without the members of the Friends who worked so hard preparing for the sale, during the sale and packing up after the event.

    A special thanks to all those who bought books and contributed to this important fundraising event.

  • To the editor: I had a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 15, on Oakbark Court in Carolina Shores.

    My son, age 11, was helping to escort shoppers and carry things to cars. He then changed clothes into a uniform for his final tournament football game.

    Before leaving, he went to retrieve his things only to discover someone had stolen his Sony PSP and cell phone. These were not sale items and were clearly set far apart from those that were.