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Today's Opinions

  • Groins and jetties work everywhere

    To the editor: Calling it the “New Jerseyization of our beaches” while demonizing coastal engineers, geologists and environmentalists are lining up to oppose terminal groins and jetties to save endangered homes along the N.C. coast (NC Senate Bill 599-Inlet Stabilization Pilot Program).

    While playing the Yankee card works well to stir negative connotations, it ignores the fact Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are doing what New Jersey has done to protect property—and it works.

    So why do these guys appeal to emotion instead of facts?

  • Coverage helped backpack program

    To the editor: Thank you for the lovely coverage of Operation Backpack of the United Methodist Women of Seaside United Methodist Church.

    I have sent a copy of the clipping to the Chaplain at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

    Since the article ran, I have had several calls from people wanting to donate backpacks and school supplies.

  • Red Cross salutes its family of heroes

    To the editor: It’s hard to imagine a world without heroes.

    At the American Red Cross, we work with heroes every day. They’re the backbone of every hometown and represent the essence of our organization. Heroes touch our lives each day—making us feel safe, making us feel proud.

    March is Red Cross Month, and the Cape Fear Chapter is excited to take this opportunity to thank our Red Cross family of heroes—volunteers, donors, partners and employees.

  • Be a mentor to teens in need

    To the editor: My teenagers will enter the adult world within the next few years.

    I am grateful they will have the support of family and friends to ask for advice as they face new and challenging decisions.

    Unfortunately, there are foster teens here in Brunswick County who will age-out of the foster care system and enter the often frightening world without a support system.

    They will need help, just as we all did, to transition into the real adult world and become productive citizens.

  • We should be scared, prepared

    To the editor: I am a property owner in Ocean Isle Beach and a 35-year police officer and now police chief in the North.

    Stacey Manning, managing editor of the Beacon, writes that the American people are not as scared of the Taliban as they were of communism in years past.

    I need to tell the American people I am really, really scared.

    I am briefed on a regular basis regarding the Muslim extremists, terrorists and the Taliban. Please let me share with you just one of many issues.

  • Government is the problem

    To the editor: Many in our country unfortunately share Michael Darby’s socialist ideas. If we continue on a socialist path, as he advocates, our country will be only a shell of what we are now.

    Our healthcare is our personal responsibility—not Exxon’s or the government’s.

    The mess our current system is in can be laid at the feet of government in the form of regulations and intervention. If we want the best healthcare in the world to fail, along with a system that is already failing, more government involvement will do the trick.

  • Sunshine Week: It's about your right to know

    The Beacon’s recent adventure into examining how local agencies respond to open records requests was eye-opening.

    On our part, we learned the value of understanding, in very specific terms, exactly what it is we are looking for. Because wording among agencies may vary, we learned how important it is to clearly explain what it is we need.

    We learned it’s important to have a good understanding of the public records law before going into an agency and to be prepared, at any time, to explain that to the individuals who have the records we want.

  • Toilet terror: Unbelievable but true

    Has everyone heard the story about the poor woman in Kansas who spent the past two years in her boyfriend’s bathroom and was found stuck to the toilet seat?

    If you haven’t, trust me, I’m not making it up.

    According to various published reports, a 35-year-old Kansas woman, now identified as Pam Babcock, went into her boyfriend’s bathroom two years ago, and when he asked her to come out, she refused. So, he brought her food and water.