Today's Opinions

  • Doesn’t support town park plan

    To the editor:

    No issue has galvanized the citizens of Sunset Beach more during the past several months than the one swirling through town involving the proposed purchase of land for a 5.2-acre park. 

    The majority of townspeople do not want the park and see it as a foolish waste of taxpayer money, since we have a county park approximately 3 miles away that is larger and offers more amenities.

  • Programs help improve education

    To the editor:

    Thanks to neuroscience research, we now know that the experiences children have early in life literally shape the wiring of the brain. It is during the early years that the architecture of the brain is built. That is why all of us have the responsibility for ensuring all children receive the care they need to support early development.

  • Was touched by photograph

    To the editor:

    Rarely have I been so touched by a photograph. The picture of two young students at Waccamaw Elementary on the Beacon’s March 16 front page, commemorating their fallen classmates, had it all: the innocence of youth, the tragedy of loss and the sweet love of friends. The little girl whose hands were clasped as if in prayer conveyed more compassion than words could ever communicate.

    Thank you for sharing this remarkable picture with us, your readers.

    Anne T. Bailey

  • Calabash should release property details immediately

    Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Life lesson learned: Never attempt to vacuum a blind cat (alone)

    Pardon me, Dr. Ernie Ward, while I step on your toes for a moment.

    No, I don’t have a degree in veterinary science. I haven’t published any books, and I haven’t appeared on any syndicated television shows, national news programs or been in newspapers picked up by half the country.

    I certainly haven’t cared for and treated countless numbers of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters and other critters.

    Everything I know about caring for pets, well, at least one of them, I learned on my lunch break last week.

  • Community failed student for trying to prohibit religious song

    "Christian Songs Get OK'd at Schools' Talent Show."

    Among all the day’s global headlines—the latest from Libya, earthquake relief in Japan and the anticipated premiere of “Dancing With the Stars”—this one caught my attention.

  • Signs of the times in Calabash

    Just when you think everything is hunky-dory in the Seafood Capital is usually when a new issue crops up to keep Calabash-ians (and reporters) on their toes.

    Some people there think it’s not enough to have a cute neon restaurant arrow or big gift-shop sign memorializing the town once called Pea Landing.

    Leaders, heavy on the merchant side, are feeling the town could do better—has done better—back in the golden days when it had a few big, honkin’ “Calabash Seafood” signs and restaurants lining Beach Drive.

  • Defends health board’s decision

    To the editor:

    Even though I argued in support of privatizing Brunswick County’s Animal Shelter, I feel compelled to defend the board’s decision. 

    I have been working with the folks from R.A.C.E. for more than a year to help guide them through the process on how to be prepared.