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Today's Opinions

  • True companionship: Goodbye to my little friend O.E.

    He wasn’t the most sociable. He had one person he trusted, and I was lucky enough to be that one.

    O.E.—short for orange eye—was a true companion and friend for five-and-a-half years. His life was cut short this week. I woke up on Monday morning prepared to get him to the vet as soon as it opened, but it was too late.

    O.E. had a tender spirit. He hid every time someone came to my house. He hid when the vacuum cleaner ran. He hid if I made a loud noise. He even hid from me just because he wanted to at times.

  • Exercise your right: Vote on Tuesday

    It’s time to stop with all the rhetoric.
    It’s time to stop all of the debates.
    It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent or other, now is the time to place all of your beliefs and convictions on the table.
    The future of our county, the great state of North Carolina and this nation may come down to one day—Tuesday, Nov. 6.
    On that day, those of you who have not already exercised your right to vote early are encouraged to make your way to the polls to vote on Election Day.

  • Supports Gilbert

    To the editor:
    I write this letter to ask your vote and support for Ray Gilbert for board of education.
    I retired from Brunswick County Schools, and it’s time for a change.
    I know Ray Gilbert, and he has been my neighbor of 20 years. He and his wife and children are the most helpful people you can find. He listens and tries to make the best decisions possible.

  • Supports Romney/Ryan

    To the editor:
    They are pro-life, support marriage and defend religious liberty. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has real-world experience creating jobs, saved companies, balanced the budget while working across the isle, restored the Olympics to profitability and success, and volunteered in leadership positions for his church.
    I voted for Romney/Ryan because I believe they will take our country back and restore our constitutional rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
    Marsha Lavin
    Shallotte
     

  • Thanks, Beacon, for help with program

    To the editor:
    Last year, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 180 people in Oak Island prepare and electronically file their federal and state income tax returns. This year, with your help, we hope to increase the number of people we help in Oak Island, but we need more volunteer tax counselors.
    The Brunswick Beacon has been a most effective way to inform people of this free service and find qualified volunteers. We thank The Brunswick Beacon editor and staff for its help in past years, and it is much appreciated.

  • Signs are offensive

    To the editor:
    This election season represents new lows in American citizenry, if not civility, from those plastering the Oysterfest cross-street with hate-provoking signs that ridiculed President Obama while underscoring Mitt Romney’s true beliefs: “Are you a Maker 53 percent or a Taker 47 percent,” “I’ll take the Mormon over the Moron” and “Vote for the American in November” and “When someone doesn’t do their job, we have to let them go...Clint Eastwood.”

  • Opposes insurance increase

    To the editor:
    The proposed rate hike of 30 percent on homeowners insurance is outrageous and an attempt to intimidate and coerce coastal residents.
    There has already been a large increase in 2008, and a 7-9 percent increase each year. The rate in Mecklenburg is considerably lower than that proposed for coastal residents. Why is that? We are already paying $416 quarterly for wind insurance. No other state charges disproportionate rates. What is the justification?

  • Mike is a moderate

    To the editor:
    David Rouzer’s campaign has spent millions of dollars trying to convince voters in our district that Congressman Mike McIntyre toes the party line. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Friends, don’t let yourselves be bought. Get the facts about McIntyre’s bipartisan voting record.