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Opinion

  • 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.”

  • To the editor:

    To the citizens of Brunswick County: Please vote.

    In a few days, we will be given the right to vote for the people to run our school system for four more years. We need to take a long, hard look at what has taken place the last few years and look for something better in the coming years.

  • By Robert A. Weathers, pastor

    First Baptist Church

    Guest Columnist

    Evolution. There. I said it. And my brain didn’t melt, the world did not disintegrate, and most importantly, I didn’t get fired.

    So why is it Darwinists think if they utter the word “creation” in the classroom their pristine reality will collapse and they will suddenly be branded as anti-intellectual?

  • To the editor:

    As a parent of children in the Brunswick County school system and as a graduate of the same, I hope voters of Brunswick County will take a good look at the choices we have for the District 1 school board race.

    Ray Gilbert has been the candidate that has consistently done things to keep the public informed, has been strong in the face of adversity and has the students’ best interests in mind.

  • To the editor:

    I am a transplant here from Robeson County. Fortunately, I not only know Mike McIntyre for his outstanding job in Congress, I also know him personally along with his family and the integrity and honesty instilled in him as a child and a young man growing up.

    I know how he was raised in church and the values and morals he stands for today. You can’t bring up a conversation on politics without people commenting on the great job he has done for his district.

  • The weather has finally turned and the chill of fall is at last in the air.

    Throughout Brunswick County, families have been busy transforming their homes and yards into frightful fun as they prepare for Halloween night. Store shelves are stocked with ghoulish decorations and an assortment of candy—everything from traditional popcorn balls, to chocolate bars and lots of eewy, gooey, gross things to delight taste buds.

  • Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell always says one of the main goals of the department is to reduce the number of fires in the district by educating the public about fire safety and having the proper preventive measures in place.

    Dunwell, fire marshal Andrew Thompson, members of the Shallotte Fire Corps, the department’s volunteers, as well as the paid firefighters are always planning new ways to educate the public, especially through their “fire and life safety education” initiatives.

  • “Sarah Palin is a bimbo.”

    Bubba Joe, my old high school buddy back in Tennesssee, blurted that out this past weekend when I rang him up to see who he was voting for.

    Me being a nosy reporter, I wanted to know just why Bubba Joe placed the Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential contender in such a low intelligence-quotient bracket, as if the media hadn’t already done a bang-up job of that.

  • To the editor:

    I am disappointed in Rep. Mike McIntyre, who has been the longtime incumbent in Congress, representing the 7th District of North Carolina.

    My husband and I have always crossed party lines to vote for McIntyre because of the conservative views we believed he held.

    It has come to our attention, and it is our understanding McIntyre has wholeheartedly endorsed Barack Obama.

    It seems he has also thrown his support to Nancy Pelosi, who has proven to be ultraliberal, by voting to put her in the powerful position of Speaker of the House.

  • To the editor:

    The media has never questioned how Obama can give 95 percent of Americans a tax cut when only 45 percent of people pay income taxes.

    He can only do this by giving taxpayer money to non-taxpayers—in other words—income redistribution. If people can’t see this as another step toward socialism they are ostriches with their heads in the sand.

  • I have never enjoyed politics, but as this year may be the most important presidential election in history, I have tried to change that.

    The next leader of the free world needs to have an action plan in place the minute he steps into office, because there’s some major work to be done.

    This will be the second presidential election I am old enough to vote in, and I fully intend to do so. But to make the most informed decision as possible, I have tried to research each candidate with a clear head and an open mind.

  • To the editor:

    I am sure everyone living in Brunswick County realizes we have problems in our school system. I

    believe the majority of these problems can be laid to the poor leadership of our school board and of our

    superintendent.

    Parents, you may not be aware of this, but not one member of our school board is a

    professional educator. Is it any wonder little academic progress was made during the school year

    ending in 2007 and we had more than 400 students drop out? What does this say for our school board’s

    leadership?

  • To the editor:

    Dear N.C. Republican Party leaders:

    In the past week, I have received two mass mailings from the North Carolina Republican Party. Both mailings contained scurrilous, biased and deliberately misleading personal attacks on the Democratic candidates for U.S. President and N.C. State Senate.

    The mailing about Barack Obama was four pages of malicious (and very old) information about William Ayers, intended to lead any reader to the conclusion Obama must be a terrorist or support terroristic activities.

  • “And Cain talked with Abel his brother:

    and it came to pass, when they were

    in the field, that Cain rose up against

    Abel his brother, and slew him.”

    Genesis 4:8

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence includes intimate partner violence as well as violence between family members.

    My first domestic violence call

    In 1965, early in my law enforcement career, I was exposed to the “family disturbance” calls we now call domestic violence intervention.

  • To the editor:

    Even with the current economic meltdown, there seems to be no end to those lawmakers who want to dip into our pockets.

    Of major concern is Senator Obama’s universal healthcare proposal for all. Who’s going to pay for this?

    Guess who?

    This tragic proposition seems to be a major goal of the Democrats. In fact, as a congresswoman, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi advocated federal funding for every child in the country, and there are many others who have chimed in with their versions of free healthcare.

  • To the editor:

    It concerns me that recent letter writers have so forgotten history they believe president Bush and Republicans are responsible for the financial crisis.

    This mess began when President Carter decided low-income Americans had to own their own homes, but he should have stuck to Habitat for Humanity homes for them. Unfortunately, he convinced his Congress to enact the first Affirmative

    Action Housing Law urging lenders to give loans to people who could not qualify to pay them.

  • To the editor:

    I read the article about Mr. Hill with great interest. Aside from the fact those closest to him and those exploiting him for his athletic abilities chose not to recognize the warning signs of his downward spiral, one must wonder why this young man’s story evokes such pity.