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Today's Opinions

  • Future linebacker's mom prepares for a great year

    This year will be a new beginning for me. No, it’s not because of my New Year’s resolutions. It’s because 2008 will be my first full year as a mother.

    My son, Levi, was born on Oct. 24. He was a big boy, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 21 inches long.

    At birth he was a healthy, good-sized baby. The pediatrician and surgical team who delivered him were taking bets on his weight. “Whoa! That’s a 10-pounder right there,” someone exclaimed.

    “Yeah. I’d say 10-plus,” said another.

  • Political apathy makes election season even worse

    Amidst all the hoopla of the political coverage we’ve seen of late, it seems more like a rerun of last season’s show.

    The dates and locations may change, the faces change, but it still sounds the same.

    On one side, it seems we have three people who will say or promise anything to get our support. They tell us they know our burdens and feel our pain.

  • Readers respond to Gilbert petition

    To the editor: One final letter to you, Mr. Gilbert:

    The other day, I declined to sign a petition for your removal as a school board member that was being circulated by a concerned parent who hopes it will have an effect on you or ultimately the attorney general.

    Though I agree that you should resign, something gave me pause. The next day the Beacon headline basically echoed Ms. Danka’s position (organizer of the petition).

    She stated that you are a person children should look up to and that you are not above the law because you are a school board member.

  • Public apology, resignation are warranted

    To the editor: I wish I could sign Tracey’s petition 100 times. What’s wrong with the civil servants of today is that they don’t take seriously their obligation to be above reproach while eyes of the public are on them.

    Mr. Gilbert, cheating on your wife doesn’t cause you humility. Setting an adulterous example to the children you serve doesn’t cause you to bow your head in shame and remorse.

  • Gilbert not even close to the worst

    To the editor: Is Tracey Danka from North Carolina?

    Maybe she doesn’t know enough about the more prominent and public people in Brunswick County. Ray Gilbert would have to steal milk money from orphans before he could edge into the Top 10.

    I’m sure they have been thankful that his problems have taken up space where theirs might have shown up in print.

    I am less afraid of Ray Gilbert being in the schools than the anonymous person who stole my child’s eyeglasses.

  • Brassard was way off base

    To the editor: I own and operate Calabash Gallery. Your Jan. 10 story states that Mr. [Russ] Brassard accuses me of not living up to my commitment to stay at the gallery for three years.

    I never had an agreement with Mr. Brassard in writing or verbally stating that I would pay rent to him for three years or any other time period. I was strictly on a month-to-month lease.

    As a matter of fact, when I gave Mr. Brassard my notice to leave, effective Jan 1, 2008, he was actually very happy.

  • Mayor won't give out his number

    To the editor: I have asked our mayor, Alan Holden, for his home telephone number more than once. He will not give out this information!

    All the board of commissioners—former and present—and our former mayor have very freely given out this information and seem to welcome all callers.

    I, as a resident, taxpayer, homeowner, and voter of Holden Beach, would like to be able to get in touch with all our elected officials when I deem it important or an emergency.

  • Not going to give up using 'wordsmith'

    To the editor: "It is what it is!" Considering myself a technological ignoramus, I appreciate a Beacon columnist doing my Internet surfing.

    So, thank you, Caroline Curran, for giving us Lake Superior State University’s list of “banished” words in your Jan. 10 column.

    I, for one, refuse to find an alternate for “wordsmith.” Whoever concocted that word hammered long on the anvil of creativity. It’s such a picturesque word.