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Opinion

  • 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.

  • With a quick glance at the growing weekly public safety pages in The Brunswick Beacon, readers can easily see there’s a lot of crime going on in our community.

    From forgeries to vandalism and countless crimes in between, the break-ins, assaults and drug arrests here keep Brunswick County law enforcement officials busy.

    With a growing number of reported crimes, we’re glad to see the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is taking a proactive approach to reducing crimes.

  • When the Brunswick Community College volleyball team took to the court this season, players and officials had one thing on their minds—being competitive.

    It was a lofty goal considering it was the first time the college had fielded a volleyball team and one that met an unusual challenge—it didn’t even have its own gymnasium in which to practice. Instead, players used the gym at West Brunswick High School.

    But, in its first year, BCC Dolphins did more than just be competitive; the team proved it is one of the top schools in its division.

  • “Fashion is a form of ugliness so

    intolerable that we have to alter it

    every six months.” —Oscar Wilde

    With her nose wrinkled and her upper lip curled into a slight sneer, she asked, “Is THAT what you are wearing out tonight?”

    It was an all too familiar scene. I have been married to my dear woman 45 years and know what I select to wear at important social events is subject to change—or else.

    Besides, it did not “go” with what she was wearing.

  • To the editor:

    Hearts fluttered with excitement, souls stirred with emotion as president-elect Barack Obama, born the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, swept the presidency in a landslide victory.

    After decades of oppression and struggle—the nation watched as the mountain of injustice crumbled and the “dream” was finally realized. The dawn of a new day has come for all Americans every race, color and nationality.

    I feel proud America voted for Barack Obama.

  • To the editor:

    This letter is in response to John Heidtke’s column in the Oct. 30 edition of the Beacon entitled “A Few Good Cops…”

    The article addressed drug trafficking in the county and most specifically listed seven drug hot spots. Some of the article was very informative and hopefully the new K-9 unit will be a deterrent to the crime in the county.

  • 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.