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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Nearly four years ago, I decided to write a little something different about Thanksgiving traditions, so I visited Carson Varnam’s Oyster Market in Varnamtown, where families were picking up oysters for their Thanksgiving Day oyster roasts.

    Varnam and his wife, Marlene, told me roasting oysters was a popular tradition in Brunswick County, and, as we were talking, a couple from Ash pulled up to pick up their bushel of oysters for the big day.

    “As long as I can get them from Carson, we’ll have oysters for Thanksgiving,” one of the customers told me.

  • The sheriff of Brunswick County, John Ingram, leaned across the round conference table in his office as I was discussing with him the presence of a half-dozen drug “hot spots” in the county.

    With a grin on his face, he said, “Why don’t you take a ride along with us and find out about them firsthand?”

    On the following Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, I took him up on it. Here is what I found out.

    Riding shotgun unarmed

  • To the editor:

    Lately, America’s skies have been filled with dark clouds. More than 90 percent of Americans feel we are headed in the wrong direction.

    Many things are not as we wish they were. The list is long. Each problem is complicated and expensive to solve. This election should be solely about who will provide the judgment and initiatives that stir this nation to face our challenges head-on.

  • To the editor:

    Sen. R.C. Soles has been in the legislature in Raleigh since1963 and the state senate since 1977. He serves on the senate transportation committee and is vice chairman of the appropriations committee for the Department of Transportation. He has oversight on the NCDOT, its budget and the plans for roads in our state.

    Last week, the Brunswick County commissioners rightfully rejected the Comprehensive Transportation Plan that would have transformed U.S. 17 into a major expressway to accommodate through traffic at the expense of local traffic.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to voice agreement with the part of last week’s editorial that instructed citizens that “if you don’t like the way government does things, vote for change.”

    Being able to keep their homes? Vote for someone who didn’t profit in the collapse of Fannie Mae and vote against oversight.

    Uncertain about their jobs? Vote for someone who won’t raise the capital gains. Most economists agree this will surely bring about a depression.

  • To the editor:

    In response to “Disappointed in McIntyre,” the congressman is a Democrat, you know. There isn’t anything underhanded or unusual about him supporting other Democrats. To the best of my knowledge, the congressman is a good person, a good representative of the people of the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina and has never been in court for failing to pay child support.

    As for running for re-election, obviously the voters still want McIntyre to represent them, since he typically gets 70 percent of the vote.

  • To the editor:

    Two new subjects just came into my life that never were there before. One is the turtle patrol, and the other is bush hogging.

    I just attended the annual Holden Beach Turtle Patrol meeting. One of its teams released 145 newborn terrapin turtles into the Atlantic of Holden Beach. This is considered to be a record for the area.

    The turtle patrol is truly to be commended. I am not sure who all of the members of the team were though. My wife Jill, a new trainee, was one of them. She was so proud to wear her red turtle patrol shirt.

  • To the editor:

    Barack Obama is a product of the Saul Alinsky radical socialism and redistribution of wealth. For Alinsky, the mantra was “change,” as outlined in his book “Reveille for Radicals.”

    For Obama, this is the same. He has avoided being exposed until “Joe the Plumber” came along and questioned him.

    For Alinsky and Obama, there is a careful calculation of tactics where the end always justifies the means. They ridicule opponents when the arguments of the opponent could not be refuted by logic, evidence or argument.

  • To the editor:

    There are a few things that bother me. Gas prices now reflect the fact oil companies have been gouging us for years. When they can make $30 billion in three months, something is wrong.

    I do not understand how the same crooked politicians like Dole and McCain, as well as others like them, keep getting elected year after year.

    They are both for the oil companies so they can get more graft. They are for the rich and the general public. They only work for their own private interests. Get rid of the crooks and put people in who will work for us.

  • To the editor:

    In some elections, you have two candidates, and in others, you have multiple ones.

    Before moving south, I was a builder, land developer and Realtor. Every time someone had an idea to develop land, build a home or buy real estate, they needed a plan and eventually a blueprint.

    Elections are set up to confuse you, and they don’t have to be. Show anybody a blueprint of your plan you intend to build, and they will get the picture loud and clear even if they do not know how to build anything.

  • To the editor:

    Staff writer Laura Lewis wrote an article in last week’s Beacon titled: “Seems like everybody doesn’t like Sarah P.”

    I like Sarah Palin. Though I haven’t been given the opportunity to really get to know her, what I do know does not cause me to dislike her. Her popularity has plummeted not because of any public dislike but because of a real concern regarding what we do know as the election draws near.

  • To the editor:

    It seems by all the polls Senator Obama will be our next president.

    There is a real anger and hatred toward President Bush by liberals and a real dissatisfaction among voters who are tired of eight years of his policies.

    This combination of hatred by liberals and change wanted by many voters is causing an unusual combination of people coming together to vote into office as president the most liberal senator in the Senate.

  • To the editor:

    I respectfully disagree with writers of several submissions in your last publication.

    When all else fails and all that remains is desperation, blame it on the liberal influence within the Democratic Party.

    In deference to the Republican Party, the Democratic Party has a healthy mix of liberal and conservative participants. That’s the best the Republican Party can concoct in a last ditch effort to maintain control and continue their government “of the wealthy, for the wealthy, by the wealthy.”