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Today's Opinions

  • New grocery store is needed

    To the editor:
    It sure would be wonderful to have a grocery store in the immediate vicinity of N.C. 211 and U.S. 17. There is a huge amount of traffic going through that intersection, as well as a growing population living nearby.
    What is the population of people living within an eight-mile radius of that intersection, as well as how much traffic goes through it? What is the history of population growth in that eight-mile radius, as well as future projections?

  • Town qualifies for tree award

    To the editor:
    Re: “Tree City award should go back to Forest Service” by Alvin Franklin.
    It’s important to understand the Tree City USA program is an initial step for many communities toward managing tree resources. The goal is to encourage communities to expand their efforts and increase their level of management.

  • The basic fabric of our country

    To the editor:
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the liberal senator from New York, coined this phrase some years ago to depict the increasing public tolerance for deviant and or outrageous behavior: “What was once intolerable becomes accepted as an apathetic or brainwashed public begins to regard it as normal.”

  • Can’t see the forest for the trees

    To the editor:
    Re: letter from Jo O’Keefe, “Hypocrisy in Carolina Shores.”

  • Buckle up, don’t drink and drive and slow down

    It’s heartbreaking news to digest anytime we get word a Brunswick County resident has died suddenly or in a tragic way.
    It’s especially devastating news when it’s a young person.
    This week, people throughout the county are mourning the loss of 17-year-old Ryan Dilworth, the son of a Holden Beach police officer and 911 telecommunications operator.
    Ryan was a junior at West Brunswick High School and was a member of the JROTC. He worked at Main Street Restaurant and Boomer’s Rentals of Holden Beach.

  • U.S. Army National Guard: Protecting us here at home and abroad in combat

    Do y’all have any idea how fortunate we are to have such a capable National Guard to protect us?

    While they’re often overlooked in terms of the different branches of the military service, the National Guard, under the umbrella of the U.S. Army, plays a critical role in protecting the homeland—both here at home and overseas in combat.

    Natural disaster? They’re here. Combat overseas? They’re there, too.

  • The mullet law: Are you abiding?

    Is every one in the state of North Carolina going to cut their hair into the same style?

    If so I vote for the mullet. It’s a hairstyle both men and women wear.  It appears pretty easy to maintain—no fuss and no frills. It’s short on top and the sides but long in the back. Business in the front, party in the back, people say.

    The haircut could become like the state bird only it would be the state hairdo: the mullet. We can all look like Joe Dirt.

  • Support the marriage amendment

    To the editor:
    In response to Mr. John Saxton’s letter in the April 12 issue of The Beacon, polygamy was sanctioned in the Old Testament to populate the earth. He was correct that Abraham and David had more than one wife, but they were not sinning.
    Since Mr. Saxton used the Bible to prove his point, I suggest he read the King James Version: Leviticus 20:13, which states: “If a man also lie with man-kind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”