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Today's Opinions

  • DSS board leadership continues to be a debacle

    If the North Carolina Department of Social Services wants to write a handbook on what not to do as a county board, all it has to do is record the goings-on of Brunswick County DSS.
    If there weren’t lives and significant taxpayer dollars associated with this debacle, it would be humorous.
    But there’s nothing funny about providing quality-of-life services, especially for children and the elderly.

  • Wrestling event benefits children

    To the editor:
    On Saturday morning, June 4, 2011, the world lost a genuine human being in Christopher Stewart Barbour. He touched many lives in the community through his work with Rent-A-Center and his many fans he thrilled through his time in the wrestling ring.
    Better known to his loyal fan base as Chris Craven, he spent many nights and weekends wowing crowds with his ability. Chris also had a burning passion for music and was a member of several bands, including “A Sunset Morning.”

  • Doesn’t like ideas about HOAs

    To the editor:
    It is with disgust I read what Mr. Ole Madsen is doing to his “neighbors” in Oyster Harbor at Holden Beach. I am a former property/homeowner and resident of Oyster Harbor and due to personal situations, we relocated to Fort Myers, Fla., and live in a gated community, which has rules. Everyone must follow them, otherwise, don’t move into a community with an HOA.

  • It’s all a dog-and-pony show

    To the editor:
    I found the Jan. 26 Beacon article about dredging the Shallotte River very interesting and informative, even comical at times.
    If the owners of The Pointe LLC are so concerned about the condition of the Shallotte River, why would they install the docks/marina before something is done about the sandbar at the mouth of the river?

  • Reagan was a proactive visionary

    To the editor:
    I neither favor nor disfavor Newt Gingrich’s candidacy for president. I do believe, however, given the recent accounts of Gingrich’s political relationship with Ronald Reagan, that a fair and balanced understanding of any candidate’s history is necessary.
    In 1995, at the Goldwater Institute dinner honoring President Ronald Reagan, his wife Nancy said the following:

  • Help those less fortunate

    To the editor:
    We have had a mild winter so far, but do you remember the little cold snap back in October? That was the night I joined a few other Brunswick County citizens to participate in a homeless awareness event organized by Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) and hosted be Building HOPE Ministries on the grounds of its office site in Supply.
    It was cold! The cardboard shelter and borrowed blankets from the BFA Thrift Store offered little help, but I survived that one night, and my compassion for our homeless neighbors was increased.

  • HOAs offer good services for residents

    To the editor:
    It is unfortunate your writer Laura Lewis in her article of Jan. 29 only told one side of the story about Homeowners Associations instead of recognizing the many positive aspects HOAs do provide in communities throughout our state.
    I attended the meeting on Jan. 23 in Raleigh and provided testimony that focused on how volunteer HOA boards spent countless hours making sure that needed services are provided to residents.

  • Bye-bye Beverly: The schoolchildren thank you

    For the children. For their future.

    Like any good rank-and-file beauty queen, soon-to-be-retiring N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue said she wasn’t seeking re-election for the children. And their future.

    Yes, you read that correctly. Perdue isn’t seeking re-election because she cares too much about the schoolchildren and their future.