Today's Opinions

  • Vandals caught on camera

     To the editor:

    I live inside Brick Landing, a gated, private community. Since Halloween night 2009 we have experienced several instances of vandalism and larceny.

    The latest incident occurred before 2 a.m. the morning of March 16.

    After my property was vandalized in 2009, I had outside ADT security cameras installed along with a DVD recorder.

  • What about town’s code of ethics?

    To the editor:

    In last week’s article regarding a possible conflict of interest issue, Mayor Clemmons stated, “One of the golden rules you ask yourself is does this member stand to gain financially as a result of their decision?”

  • Supports plan for town park

    To the editor:

    We owe our council people a thank you for their forward-thinking vision of creating a park on the waterway for all the people of Sunset Beach to enjoy.

    The opportunity to procure the beautiful parcel of land located near the site of our old pontoon bridge is a priceless one. It is an opportunity that if not taken now will never present itself again.

  • Doesn’t support town park plan

    To the editor:

    No issue has galvanized the citizens of Sunset Beach more during the past several months than the one swirling through town involving the proposed purchase of land for a 5.2-acre park. 

    The majority of townspeople do not want the park and see it as a foolish waste of taxpayer money, since we have a county park approximately 3 miles away that is larger and offers more amenities.

  • Programs help improve education

    To the editor:

    Thanks to neuroscience research, we now know that the experiences children have early in life literally shape the wiring of the brain. It is during the early years that the architecture of the brain is built. That is why all of us have the responsibility for ensuring all children receive the care they need to support early development.

  • Was touched by photograph

    To the editor:

    Rarely have I been so touched by a photograph. The picture of two young students at Waccamaw Elementary on the Beacon’s March 16 front page, commemorating their fallen classmates, had it all: the innocence of youth, the tragedy of loss and the sweet love of friends. The little girl whose hands were clasped as if in prayer conveyed more compassion than words could ever communicate.

    Thank you for sharing this remarkable picture with us, your readers.

    Anne T. Bailey

  • Calabash should release property details immediately

    Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Life lesson learned: Never attempt to vacuum a blind cat (alone)

    Pardon me, Dr. Ernie Ward, while I step on your toes for a moment.

    No, I don’t have a degree in veterinary science. I haven’t published any books, and I haven’t appeared on any syndicated television shows, national news programs or been in newspapers picked up by half the country.

    I certainly haven’t cared for and treated countless numbers of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters and other critters.

    Everything I know about caring for pets, well, at least one of them, I learned on my lunch break last week.