Today's Opinions

  • Editorial doesn’t match the facts

    To the editor:
    Huh? Your front-page story on the school district’s temporary plan to pay school bus drivers an incentive for perfect attendance clearly states that there is a shortage of qualified applicants and that only 10 percent of those become bus “professionals.” The article also mentions, “the limited number of substitutes and the short and low-paying routes,” yet your editorial launches into an attack on the work ethic of the very bus drivers who are in such short demand. Did your editorial writer read Caroline Curran’s article?

  • Give me that same deal

    To the editor:
    Recently, our county commissioners voted to give county employees a bonus of more than $1 million, including $1,000 for themselves.
    In this time of economic uncertainty can we really afford this? One year of service for health insurance to be fully funded? (Give me that deal.)
    It is no wonder why our property taxes were raised this past year. (My taxes went up by 12 percent but our assessed value went down by 22 percent.) When I questioned the increase, I never even got the courtesy of an email or a phone call.

  • Christmas is for Christians

    To the editor:
    Christmas is for Christians, thank you. And if that bothers some, the baptismal font is just to the right. And if it doesn’t, God bless you and may next year be much better for you than this one has been.
    John A. Donnelly
    Carolina Shores

  • Thanks to BFA

    To the editor:
    It was such a pleasure to have Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) staff share its Christmas spirit in the town of Sunset Beach.
    A special thanks to the staff of BFA and West Brunswick High School students who volunteered their time and energy for this worthy and special cause.
    This wonderful organization still needs our help to ensure our loving citizens in Brunswick County do not go without during this holiday season.

  • Let’s call it Gadfly Beach

    To the editor:
    In the Beacon last week, staff writer Laura Lewis characterizes the new mayor of Sunset Beach as a gadfly. Such characterizations are demeaning and give the reader the feeling the Beacon is not just giving the news, but is editorializing opinion to the public.
    In another time, this type of writing was known as yellow journalism. Please make some attempt to keep your opinions on the editorial page, where the reader can know it is just an opinion. After all, opinions are like noses. Everybody has one, and some are just plain ugly.

  • Paychecks should be incentives

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County Schools is going to reward bus drivers monetarily for coming to work. I believe I have heard it all. By offering this “bonus,” you indicate you are encouraging bus drivers to show up for work. Their paycheck should be their incentive.

  • Merry Christmas from me and my open meetings and public records drum

    It’s Christmas. I wanted to write something holly and jolly and fun. I really did. I love Christmas—everything about it.

    But alas, I find myself beating the same old drum I’m always beating. Someone has to beat that drum. I can’t even imagine what would happen otherwise. Even the little drummer boy has nothing on me and my open meetings and public records drum.

    Pa rum pum pum pum.

    I couldn’t help it; I just love that song.

  • Toy run brings out best among bikers, car buffs, chicks and season

    My stint as a “biker chick” has been long overdue.

    So when organizer Jerome Munna invited me to ride along on the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ toy run last Saturday, I responded with enthusiasm and wonder.

    I wondered: Where is all my leather stuff?

    All my closet could yield that cold morning was an off-white cardigan sweater to don over my jeans and black Ugg-like boots. The bottom part was acceptable, but the top, I soon learned, didn’t fit in at all.