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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

    My reaction to the article on the [Shallotte] planning director’s resignation was the more I read, the angrier I got.

    How can supposedly educated people do such inappropriate things? Did the aldermen ask Mr. Sabiston to place an ad for the replacement of Mr. Rogers? If the answer is no, and I believe it is, then there needs to be an ad placed for Mr. Sabiston’s job.

  • To the editor:

    Upon reading Katie McGee’ s recent “Superintendent’s Corner” (Beacon 10/25), I applaud her efforts to acknowledge the untiring efforts of the teachers in our schools.

    Her premise is to enlist a letter writing campaign to the president of the United States articulating the necessity to promote schools and educators and to recognize their outstanding work.

  • To the editor:

    This letter is in response to the article written by Ray Gilbert of Longwood. He had expressed a desire for our current Brunswick Community Hospital to be converted to a V.A. Center once the new hospital is built.

    I totally agree with Mr. Gilbert.

    Our veterans do not get the medical care they need and deserve. As stated by Mr. Gilbert, these men and women are our heroes. They have given so much for this country and deserve better.

  • In light of the current economic situation, it’s no surprise many Brunswick County families are feeling a crunch. From high gas prices to increases in everything from groceries to services, it’s been a little bit harder for many to make ends meet.

    Some families in Brunswick County are worried about whether or not they’ll be able to keep their homes, while others are uncertain about job security.

  •  With Halloween right around the corner, it’s hard to believe soon we’ll be thinking about turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas trees and holiday shopping for Christmas.

    Why is it the end of the year seems to pass us by so quickly?

    With temperatures projected to only reach the 60s this week, we’re hoping you’re getting yourself geared up for the upcoming holidays. And while it might seem a stretch to be thinking of your Thanksgiving Day roasted oysters and Christmas ham, we’d like to ask you to do just that.

  • What to consider when voting for a presidential candidate?

    • Review candidates’ policy positions about their views on civil rights, taxes, abortion, spending, education, defense, healthcare, energy and the economy.

    • Evaluate the management skills of candidates such as how well have they managed their campaigns including fundraising, advertising and delegation of responsibilities.

    • Assess the temperament of candidates such as how they have dealt with challenges and adversity.

  • Conservative political commentator Sean Hannity announced on his show on Saturday journalism was dead.

    Arguing journalists failed to complete their standard vetting process for Sen. Barack Obama in his bid for the White House, Hannity said my profession no longer exists.

    That’s a pretty disturbing thought in itself, but as the weekend continued, things just got worse.

    On Sunday, it was reported the Obama/Biden camp has refused further interviews with a Florida TV anchor because she asked tough questions.

  • Dressed in a tailored red suit, black knee boots and expensive heels, she poses behind the podium. She can go from politician to moose hunter just by changing into her fleece sweater and camouflage pants.

    No, it’s not vice-presidential Barbie—it’s Sarah Palin.

    Recently Palin has caused quite a stir with her red leather jackets, pink suits and black knee-high boots. The items themselves are not the problem—in fact, they’re quite stylish. It’s the cost of this wardrobe that’s the problem.

  • As exciting as it has been, this election season is quickly winding to a close. In a week, from local to national offices, important decisions are going to be made that will forever affect our future.

    As voters, we each play a crucial role in determining this future. Whether you voted early or plan to head to the polls Tuesday, every vote cast in this election counts.

    With races tightening and candidates heading to the finish line, we can’t help but be left with a nasty taste in our mouths from this election season.