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Today's Opinions

  • Move to consolidate DSS, health boards is good

    Brunswick County commissioners are headed in the right direction.
    On Monday, commissioners heard information about House Bill 438. The law allows each North Carolina county to determine the composition of its social services and health boards.
    Counties can have separate DSS and health boards, like Brunswick County has now. They also have the option to dissolve those boards and assume responsibilities as commissioners.
    A third option is to dissolve those boards and create a new board that oversees both operations.

  • She was at the right place at the right time

     

    I have always heard the saying, “ the right place at the right time,” but never has it been more true than last weekend.

    I had a rare few hours off work last Saturday night and decided I wanted to hang out with one of my best friends. The last few months we haven’t seen much of each other unless we were at work in the local restaurant we both moonlight in during the summer months.

    We decided it was girls’ night out.

  • Good job, Sunset Beach police

    To the editor:
    In his email to Police Chief Lisa Massey, Sunset Properties owner Ron Watts complained that the vehicle stops “ticked off folks” and went on to express his concern that “actions like this don’t help us to re-book them for next year.”
    On the news each day, we have been seeing the devastation of wildfires in many parts of the country, and are advised that more than 60 percent of the nation is under drought conditions (southeast North Carolina included).

  • Writer has Obama Derangement Syndrome

    To the editor:
    It seems staff writer Caroline Curran has Obama Derangement Syndrome.
    Her “Obama’s chicken and egg” column is full of distortions and misinformation. She never quotes Obama, but she puts her words in his mouth while fabricating a straw-man argument to mislead readers.
    Her assertion Obama is anti-business is false. Obama cut taxes for small businesses; rescued the American auto industry; introduced the American Jobs Act (blocked repeatedly by Republicans); and created more than 4 million private-sector jobs.

  • Where were code enforcement officers?

    To the editor:
    My husband and I have been residents of Sunset Beach for 15 years. This past week, we spent every day at our beautiful beach with family.
    I was very disappointed in the lack of presence of the code enforcement on the beach. In past years, you always saw them riding up and down all day and talking to many people.
    This week, it seems all they did was sit under the pier and talk to each other.

  • The burden is on Sunset Beach’s mayor

    To the editor:
    Your editorial regarding Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato was, to say the least, interesting.
    You advised him not to overstep his bounds, polish his approach and cease swinging at those around him. Your comments were accurate. But you ignore why council has taken the actions it has taken, even those reactive in nature.
    You’re talking about the man who started his relations with this community more than eight years ago by blocking traffic over the old bridge while handing out campaign literature. He criticized police for removing him.

  • Shooting was one man, not all gun owners

    To the editor:
    Mr. Heidtke’s column title last week implies the horrific shooting of innocent people at a movie theater is the fault of all gun owners instead of a single, very sick person.
    With his background in law enforcement, he has to know that gun laws do not stop criminals from illegally obtaining and using firearms. He may find it interesting to interview some of the New Orleans folks who, after Hurricane Katrina, were illegally disarmed (and left defenseless against thieves and looters) by the police who were supposed to be protecting them.

  • Government- or self-made man?

    To the editor:
    Recently, a Beacon reporter took issue with comments made by President Obama that credit for the success of citizens or businesses in America should be shared by the individual and government—federal, state and local.
    Since the president’s speech was either misunderstood or misinterpreted by the reporter in a “chicken or egg” column, some personal information will be provided to support the comments made by the president about shared success.