• Sunset Beach should restore its last cabana policy

    To the editor:

    My family and I have been vacationing at Sunset Beach for 10 years. We bring five to six families and rent at least five houses every summer in July. We greatly enjoy the town and the beach.

    This talk of banning cabanas or making them self-setup is quite disappointing. I can tell you for certain we would seriously have to reconsider vacationing in Sunset Beach without the protection from the sun (and occasionally rain) these cabanas afford us. We rent three cabanas per day for a week every season.

  • Cabana ban is an inferior, unnecessarily hurtful policy

    To the editor:

    Is Sunset Beach going to set up a hiring hall to connect apparently plentiful, affordable, reliable, honest and willing kids with this non-local 70-year-old to work split-day hours to set up and take down his cabana six times a week?

  • Call for an end to seismic testing

    To the editor:

    Seismic testing’s deafening noise threatens marine mammals and ocean ecosystems. The air guns used for testing have been shown to impact whales and has led to a dramatic decline in tuna production.

  • Commercial cabana ban will be more costly than it seems

    To the editor:

    My family and I, including four grandchildren, vacation at Sunset Beach every year. We always rent a cabana because it would be impossible for us to bring one with us since we have a distance to travel. Rental is our only option.

    We are reminded constantly about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. Having sun protection, especially with little children, is absolutely essential.

  • ‘Dictatorial council’ rules Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    It happened last Monday night about 8 p.m. in Sunset Beach Town Hall. After a lengthy closed session, the council returned to the main hall and councilman Mark Benton made a motion to fire Town Administrator Susan Parker. Mayor Robert Forrester asked each of the three council members who favored the motion why and they replied that they wanted to take the town in a different direction. When asked what that would be, none of the three (Benton, Rich Cerrato or Jan Harris) had an answer for it.

  • Jinks Creek ecosystem needs total protection

    To the editor:

    One topic raised during the March 5 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting was dredging Jinks Creek, the natural tidal creek in the tidal marsh off of the east end of the island.

    The tidal marshes and creeks are the richest ecosystem on earth. They are filled with flora and fauna that depend on this unique habitat to survive. This is where sea turtles spend the first two years of their life before heading to the open sea.

  • Let’s keep the dialogue about offshore drilling issue respectful

    o the editor:

    Please allow me to thank my neighbor Pennie von Bergen Wessels for last week’s letter highlighting my statements during public comments at the Feb. 19 county commissioners’ meeting regarding offshore energy. It proved to me once again that the power of my one small voice has the ability to resonate broadly. Never underestimate the power of each voice, each vote and each individual standing up for what they believe in.

  • Support safe offshore energy exploration

    To the editor:

    Although I have not been able to attend any meetings to show my support for offshore exploration, I want to express it via this letter.

    I am not a scientist or an environmentalist. I am a concerned citizen. I have worked for various agencies such as the Coast Guard, Navy, Army and Department of Agriculture and have done presentations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and many other federal agencies. I have lived in various overseas countries and territories. I have also visited many overseas areas.

  • American values and principles are under attack

    To the editor:

    Our country faces a very dangerous and difficult time. American democracy, governmental institutions and values are all under assault, both internally and externally. At the same time, we face a crisis of governance.

  • Political extortion by proponents of offshore drilling

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Brunswick County commissioners Randy Thompson, Mike Forte and Frank Williams, for standing with the residents of Brunswick County in revisiting the board’s previous two votes supporting seismic testing and offshore drilling.

    Thank you for standing with the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, educated women who have a history of thoroughly investigating community issues.

    Thank you for standing with 180 coastal communities, representing thousands of concerned citizens who oppose offshore drilling.