Today's Opinions

  • Soon to leave board position

    To the editor:
    So many “thank yous” to everyone who volunteers. I will soon come to the end of my reign for Communities in Schools with mixed feelings.
    I am sad to be leaving the board of many dedicated members and yet excited to what the new chairperson will bring. Each time a nonprofit changes board members, valuable time, dedication, knowledge and most of all, friendships, take a step in another direction.

  • Don't take it out on senior citizens

    o the editor:
    Isn’t it amazing that our federal government, when trying to cut the budget, doesn’t have any problem cutting programs for seniors, yet they can find money for their pet projects and foreign aid?
    It looks like we have the same attitude here in Brunswick County. It seems that Brunswick Senior Resources has the same approach to cutting local senior services.

  • Make it better, don't bemoan it

    o the editor:
    While it is easy to bemoan the situation being faced by Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., we as a community should try to find ways to better the situation. It is true that a number of the existing senior centers’ days of operation have been reduced.

  • Unfair and possible illegal taxation

    To the editor:
    North Carolina imposes a state income tax on residents’ pensions that are retired from other state governments. They are given a $4,000 forgiveness on their pensions. No one has ever explained where this figure came from. Years ago several North Carolina legislators said this was given to hopefully prevent a challenge to this tax law.
    If you are retired from the federal government or are a retiree from North Carolina state government, you are not taxed on your pension, but you are taxed if you retired from another state government.

  • Thinks editorial was off the mark

    o the editor:
    Regarding the editorial in the April 7 edition of the Beacon, I must respond to this gross misinterpretation of what transpired at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting on April 4.
    You state that the town would “require each person to provide detailed information” of documents requested through a public records request. The word “require” was never used in the discussion.

  • Disappointed with judge's accusations

    To the editor:
    Last week, an article appeared in an area newspaper about a hands-on program for safe driving practices called Street Safe.
    This is a program being used in Pender, Johnson and New Hanover counties with very good results. It is known as a standard for driving programs.
    It has been promoted by CIS, and they have encouraged its use in our schools. It is a nonprofit, and classes will be taught at Brunswick Community College by off-duty law enforcement officers.

  • Former employee speaks out

    To the editor:
    In response to Peter Gulliver’s comments concerning the POA office workers’ departure, the X-rated email we received at the office was 14 months ago.
    It was a vile, degrading email then, and it still is now. We never thought it was funny at all.
    The email was not sitting in my inbox all this time, as Gulliver claims. It was in my delete box. It was not purged out of the system because it came from Gulliver, and he was a director. You can get in legal trouble for purging emails.

  • Paradise does not mean exemption from tragedy

    In the movie “John Q,” Denzel Washington’s character holds an emergency room full of people hostage until he can secure a heart transplant for his ailing son.

    The opening of the movie seems unrelated at first, but viewers later learn it foreshadowed where the heart would come from. A woman in traffic is ultimately killed when her vehicle is hit by a semi.