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Today's Opinions

  • Checkpoints help keep Brunswick roads safe

    This past weekend was a busy one for Brunswick County. As beach bunnies tried to catch the last of the summer sun, our roads were heavy with traffic for the long Labor Day weekend.
    On Friday night and early Saturday morning, if you were traveling in the southern end of the county, chances are you encountered a group of Brunswick County professionals who weren’t off work for the holiday weekend.

  • Puppy mills and feral cats

    To the editor:
    There were articles in the Beacon recently about a puppy mill case. One mentioned new laws for breeders to stop puppy mills. The other article was about the outcome of this recent case.
    What did they get for so many counts of animal abuse? A fine and probation. Not much of a message being sent to others in the business. Let’s not make new laws until we start enforcing current laws on animal abuse and cruelty.

  • Scat to cat program

    To the editor:
    Two articles on feral cats in the Aug. 30 edition of the Beacon describe the romance of humans with domestic cats. Some try to justify release of feral cats and TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs as a way to rid areas of the pesky cotton rat, Sigmodon hispidus. Exterminating companies and TNR folks likely love the cotton rat’s relatively high numbers in the past year, what better way to help sell their respective causes?

  • Billboard is disrespectful

    To the editor:
    Has anyone seen the billboard comparing our president to Osama bin Laden? This sign is a disgrace to all who pass it, whether they be Republican or Democrat.
    The billboard states, “The Seals took out one threat to the United States; vote to take out another.”

  • Something is wrong with DSS dismissal

    To the editor:
    The poorest people in our county just became the victims of 20 employees who didn’t want to work harder to provide services to them in a timely, cost-effective manner.
    Their claim? The stress imposed on them after being asked to assume more roles as DSS director Patty Connelly “worked on streamlining processes at DSS to shorten client waiting times.”
    Three of the five members of the DSS Board opted to support the workers.
    Does anybody else see that there is something wrong with this picture?

  • Law enforcement weekend a reminder about who's really laboring

    It had been a long, crazy-quilt week. I was tired. I still had unfinished chores to do at home.

    And I’m sure, given back this time slot at 9 p.m. Friday to be “free” instead of “working,” I’d be at home scrubbing floors, weeding out clutter and straightening closets instead of tuned into cyberspace, “20/20” and “World’s Dumbest.” We’ll never know for absolute sure.

  • Protect pets and people from deadly diseases

    Rabies is well documented here in Brunswick County. So far this year we have had four confirmed cases of animals with this disease.
    Most recently a bobcat went after a dog and a man in Oak Island. The man was able to kill the bobcat with a tire iron. Luckily the man and dog weren’t hurt.
    There have been three other confirmed cases in the county, including a raccoon that attacked a dog in Supply. The dog, which was not vaccinated against rabies, had to be put down. A fox also attacked people in Oak Island earlier this year.

  • Writers reflect progress

    To the editor:
    The opinion article by John Heidke, “Some police and citizens do well without any guns,” and Dr. Ernie Ward’s column, “It’s time to ban North Carolina puppy mills,” show how much progress is being made here lately.
    Thanks to both writers for reminding us it is getting better every day.
    Carol Weaver
    Ocean Isle Beach