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Opinion

  • President-elect Barack Obama made history with his presidential victory last week—a triumph to be celebrated by all Americans.

    Obama’s victory reminds each and every person our dream, the American Dream, is only alive and well, and is closer for all Americans than ever before. Hold on to that dream and cherish that dream as we go through these difficult times.

    I thought John McCain was the better man for the job, but as McCain said, the people have spoken. That’s what makes our country so great.

  • Sherrie Lee Metts, 53, of Bolivia, died Nov. 10.

    She was born Jan. 8, 1955, in Jacksonville, a daughter of Edward Earl Metts and Genora Batchelor Metts.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Metts; her companion for 22 years, Jimmy Ward; her niece, Renay Ward and her brother, Edward Earl Metts Jr.

    Surviving are her mother, Genora Metts; her sisters, Judy Ward and husband Edward and Sondra Roark and husband Tommy; nephews, Johnny Ward, Christopher Ward and wife Kaye and Stephen Roark; niece, Jessica Johnson; great nephews and nieces; numerous friends.

  • It was the day before graduation. The campus at UNC-Chapel Hill was a sea of white dresses, suits, ties and Carolina blue.

    I had been attending a North Carolina Press Association workshop and was walking to my car. Everywhere I looked there were excitement as young men and women tried on their gowns and talked to their families.

    The walk to my car was a long one as I thought about how I missed out on that experience.

    That day, I decided to go back to school—one more time.

  • To the editor: This is in reference to the article featured in the Oct. 15 issue of the Brunswick Beacon about Dee Hill’s “fumbled future.”

    While summarizing the events of that horrid night, the author, Kathryn Jacewicz, specifically refers to Beck’s Restaurant in Calabash as the meeting place for these teenagers.

    It is true one of those teenagers was employed by our restaurant and, like everyone else in the county who knew any one of these teens, we were shocked by his actions as we felt it was completely out of character.

  • To the editor: Please consider these facts:

    1) Circus animals are kept in cages that are too small to allow for movement or they are chained to keep them stationary. They are prisoners of profit and cruelty.

    2) Tigers are semi-nocturnal, solitary animals that love water. In circuses, they are forced to perform during the daytime; are caged next to each other; are forced to perform in groups; and do not have access to waterholes.

  • To the editor: My mind is already at work. Does anyone out there know the Libertarian candidate, Rachel Joiner Merrill?

    I just checked out the state board of elections’ Web site and this woman has not filed any reports since plunking down the $204 filing fee.

    She filled out no questionnaires I am aware of; she did not appear at any forums I attended (and I attended almost all of them), and she didn’t attend any meet-the-candidate gatherings.

    As my daughter said, she is as invisible as her campaign reports.

  • Remember when you were actually excited about the Christmas season? When you didn’t dread long lines, materialistic shoppers and incessant commercials telling your kids and grandkids what to ask for?

    We’re about ready to start the Christmas shopping season, and if you’ve decided you’ve had enough with the commercialization and “gimme” mentality, Calabash Presbyterian Church has an idea that might get you excited about the season again.

  • To the editor: With a heavy heart, I join in the mourning of the Rev. Norman Bellamy, along with the members and friends of the Bellamy family.

    According to my aged and weakened memory, Rev. Bellamy made history years before Sen. Barack Obama.

    He registered the first black man to ever cast a ballot in the Brunswick County political process.

    Rev. Bellamy and Perry James Gore were installing shingles on the roof of Cedar Grove Baptist Church when Gore lamented the fact his father was paying all sorts of taxes to Brunswick County and yet

  • To the editor: Not so long ago, we paid $4 for a gallon of gas. We managed. It can now be purchased for $2.25 a gallon.

    What if we all took that $1.75 at an average of 13 gallons, equaling $22.75 and used our coupons or visited a dollar store and purchased items for Brunswick Family Assistance? It can be done.

     

  • To the editor: I was shocked at the lack of coverage of the election of president-elect Barack Obama in your newspaper and most particularly on the front page. Newspapers all over this country and indeed the world heralded this historic event on their front pages with bold words and pictures.

    There was not one picture of president- elect Obama I could find in your newspaper in the edition immediately after the election.

  • To the editor: After watching the award-winning documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” I have no sympathy at all for the car industry today.

    The EV1 was introduced in 1996 and leased to consumers in California who loved everything about the car. General Motors would not allow any purchase of these and later destroyed the majority of the EV1s by crushing them.

    They were discontinued after 1999 and subsequently removed from the roads in 2003 by GM (except for a few). The car’s discontinuation was and remains a controversy.

  • He sits in the floor, playing with a pile of toy trains. Mimicking their movement on whatever surface his little hands can reach, he giggles and laughs.

    In the distance, he hears the sound of a real train on a far-off track. He stops. His eyes light up as he moves his hand toward his mouth. Taking a deep breath in he blows out, echoing the sound of its distant whistle.

    A huge smile spreads across his face, and he laughs again.

  • For the past few months, it’s been nothing but heated debates, passionate speeches, countless questions about each presidential candidate’s plan for healthcare and a desire to discuss all things McCain and Obama.

    And all of this has happened inside a fifth-grade classroom.

    My sister teaches these students in her Indiana school and said it’s surprising how interested her students are in this year’s General Election.

    This is not unique to her classroom, as every fifth grader at Supply Elementary School has shown the same interest.

  • For 27 years Brunswick Family Assistance has helped Brunswick County families by making sure they don’t go hungry or get cold and have a place to live.

    It’s been a difficult journey—one spurred on by a dedicated staff, a devoted board of directors and countless giving community volunteers.

  • By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    OK, since it’s over, I can admit it. Throughout this election season, I was one of those voters who didn’t know exactly what buttons I was going to push on the voter screen.

    I’ve heard conversations about it in my office, on television and in the general public.

    “How could you not know?” people asked.

  • Laura Lewis 

    “We just went and voted!” Beacon cohorts Kathryn Jacewicz and Sarah Shew Wilson crowed last week upon returning to the newsroom from one-stop voting at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte.

    There were no lines, no hassles, no broken-down machines, they gloated.

  • By John Heidtke

    Guest Columnist

    Truth can be inconvenient

    During 1961, I was dating a young lady from my church where both families were members. The relationship developed to a point where a “friendship ring” is given by the man to signify his good intentions.

    I was scrubbing floors and washing windows for a living. A ring was priced as much as my entire month’s income. I couldn’t afford it.

  • BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    Ever since the sad yet somehow fascinating “woman stuck to the toilet seat” story captured my attention back in the spring, I’ve been trying to cut down on the number of columns I write commenting on “weird, wacky news.”

    I thought it would be disrespectful to try and top that one.

    Well, it’s been about eight months now, so I just have to use this opportunity to comment on another bizarre incident in the news.

  • To the editor:

    After a 46-hour delay, the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series in a close 4-3 game.

    Yes, they have lost in the past and faced problems and adversity, but this time, they worked hard and earned the right to be called the world champions and justly so.

    I want to also congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays on a series well played. A fresh, young team, they too justly deserved the right to be in the series for all of the hard work they put into their season.

  • To the editor:

    As a Beacon reader and prior subscriber in Maine over a 15-year period, I care about the quality of its editorial pages.

    Last week’s columns by staff writers Renee Sloan and Caroline Curran are stark examples why the media has been charged with Obama favoritism this election season.