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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor: For the past four years, I have been interacting with the administrators and faculty at Jesse Mae Monroe Elementary in my capacity as chairman of the Nocha White American Legion Post 503 Auxiliary Americanism committee.

    What an uplifting experience for my committee members and myself. We were welcomed with open arms when we described the patriotic programs we would like to bring to the students.

    Most recently, we were invited to have a Veterans Day program in an assembly setting at the school.

  • To the editor: This Republican supports Barack Obama.

    The campaigning, voting and final counting is over and our new president-elect is Barack Obama. As a Republican, I recognize he will be our president, my president and every American’s president.

    In this I will support him; however, my support has boundaries and will come in the same form as that provided by Democrats to George W. Bush during his presidency; no less, no more.

    The one thing I will not and cannot provide Mr. Obama that was generously extended to George W. Bush is hate.

  • To the editor: How did Obama win the election? Here is the way I see it. First, President Bush’s rating with the people was so low until he almost destroyed the Republican Party.

    Next, he invaded Iraq and Afghanistan by telling the people things that turned out to be false, killing more than 200,000 people and an unknown number of our troops. Finally, going to war with two countries that had never bothered us that had nothing to do with the attack on 9/11.

  • To the editor: In a training program at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, a HAZMAT team was dispatched to a facility near Southport after some people were stopped with suspicious materials the FBI felt might include nerve agents.

    Eight sealed bottles attached to a timing device were located, along with various containers with hazardous materials and guns. HAZMAT determined there were three highly lethal agents, including cyanide.

  • To the editor:

    My daughter, Erica and two other people were involved in a serious car accident in front of Brunswick Community Hospital on Aug. 15. One of her passengers was a 17-month-old baby.

    I want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped and was involved in their rescue.

    Many thanks to all the people associated with Brunswick Community Hospital who immediately came out to help. I believe all involved are healing much better because of their efforts.

  • To the editor: Thank you Mr. Jesse A. Bryant for your kind words in your letter to the editor in the Beacon during our time of grief for the loss of our father, the Rev. Norman Bellamy.

    He touched the lives of many people during his 90 years here on earth.

    He was a carpenter. He built the house we grew up in, two more he lived in and a house for me I still live in today, all with a blueprint only in his mind. He sawed boards, nailed nails, laid brick and tacked shingles.

    He helped build schools and churches along with his father, R. E. Bellamy Sr. He built

  •  I’m not exactly a germaphobe—or at least I wasn’t until last week.

    That’s when the “Today Show” came out with an appetizing breakfast-time report about our nasty vacuum cleaners.

  • I just assumed my perception was altered from early on, as my own mother looks at least 10 years younger than she really is. I’ll look at people and try to compare them to her while guessing an age and am almost always a decade off.

    But I’ve come to find out I’m not the only one who lacks the skills needed to guess ages, and have had many people guess incorrectly when it comes to my own age.

  • Ever seen a baby jellyfish or alligator? Now’s your chance.

    Bring your kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher for “Aquababies Weekend” Nov. 22-23.

    All through the weekend, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day, the aquarium will show off its most recently born animals: jellyfish, sea turtles, alligators, sea horses, fish, snakes and more.

    “This is a unique opportunity for the community to see babies that were either born here at the aquarium or came to us as babies,” said Hap Fatzinger, aquarium curator.