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Letters

  • Look around you

    To the editor:

    Driving through downtown Shallotte, the first thing that catches my eye is the magnificent display of flowers filling the boxes and baskets that line both sides of the street. Growing up in Shallotte, I felt the comfort and safety of my surroundings. My parents weren’t afraid for us to walk up and down a street or road anywhere in town. We even played in the street. We never dreamed or had reason to dream things were gonna change.

  • Reflections on trip to Scotland, Ireland

    To the editor:

    My wife and I just returned from a two-week coach tour of Scotland and Ireland, a 2,000 mile trek along roads barely wide enough for two cars, let alone buses, winding among checkered meadowlands of grazing sheep and cattle, along locks and rivulets, between majestic mountains and the never-ending rolling hills of green.

  • Many are in need of our prayers now

    To the editor:

    With the Democratic and Republican Party conventions coming up, let us pray for the peace of Jehovah Shalom to reign supreme over these cities and other cities across our nation this summer and through the rest of the year.

  • Letter writers show bias against actions of council members

    To the editor:

    Recent letters castigate Sunset Beach Town Council and accuse members of improper decision-making. These are usually from the same group of people on one side or the other, often contain incorrect information and attempt to discredit positions contrary to theirs.

    Council contracted a study for dredging certain tributaries around Sunset Beach. The costs will eventually be borne by those most affected by any benefit derived from dredging in front of their homes.

  • Hypocrites on Sunset Beach Town Council

    To the editor:

    On June 6 at its monthly meeting, certain members of Sunset Beach Town Council violated their own personnel policy and usurped the authority of the town administrator.

    Carol Scott, Mark Benton and Rich Cerrato brought to town council a motion to resurrect the assistant administrator position and to offer the position to a specific employee.

    They violated the personnel policy by offering this position to the employee without the required evaluation or job posting.

  • Sunset Beach tax reduction was in order

    To the editor:

    Runner-up Sunset Beach Town Council applicant Veronica White said “she was disappointed the town didn’t include a small tax decrease in light of the last election,” which she deemed a referendum on taxing and spending. She was referring to the sudden 52 percent tax increase in fiscal year 2016.

  • Were fossils formed during the flood?

    To the editor:

    Do fossils require millions of years to form? Hardly! Even secular geologists now recognize rocks form very quickly. The key is the right chemical conditions, not time.

  • Sunset Beach dredging study benefits few

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council members at their last meeting voted 3-2 to provide $212,154 to study dredging Jinks Creek and the Bay area behind Canal Drive on Sunset Beach island. This would be paid for by every taxpayer in the town, including those who do not own waterfront property on Jinks Creek.

    The intent of this discussion was to provide a formal avenue to assess property owners on the man-made canals of Sunset Beach and St. Mary’s and Turtle Creek on the mainland a way to pay in yearly assessments the sums to dredge.

  • Sunset Beach property owner seeks sweet deal

    To the editor:

    I am writing to bid my fellow town of Sunset Beach taxpayers a fond farewell. Following the lead of Palm Cove developers, our family has asked Sen. Bill Rabon to sponsor a local bill de-annexing our house and lot from the corporate limits of Sunset Beach.

  • Frick columns don’t belong on sports pages

    To the editor:

    I am and always have been an avid fisherman.

    I am proud of the heritage that our rivers and waterways have provided the people of Brunswick County. That heritage is hundreds of years of a fishing and shellfish industry that has provided work and fed countless Brunswick County citizens. It is a major part of who we are in coastal Carolina.