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Letters

  • It is time to act against the fire of addiction

    To the editor:

    The opioid epidemic and the many ways we can combat it should be no-brainers, except our foe is powerful: thousands of users and pushers who are addicts and must use and push.

    Both user and pusher are driven to feed their habits. We, on the other hand, are just now uniting and determining who will do what — an excellent start, but still miles and miles to go.

  • Choice breaks down entirely in health care

    To the editor:

    “Choice” and “access” are the central themes running through the health care debate. Theoretically, more “choice” brings better quality and lower costs.

    In health care, “choice” breaks down entirely! Is there a real choice to say no to life-saving medical treatment or medications?

  • Council’s response to committee is red flag

    To the editor:

    I would like to publically thank Rich Cerrato, councilman at Sunset Beach, for his timely and insightful letter in last week’s edition concerning the proposed dredging of Jinks Creek, and the Beacon for publishing it.

    I had written in a past Beacon opinion about John Dalberg’s abridged quote about absolute power corrupting absolutely, referencing the politics at the time, and it surely appears to now be happening within our own town council, and so openly.

  • We care about our country’s direction

    To the editor:

    On Friday, April 14, five of us showed up and spoke of our concerns regarding one of the most corrupt and non-transparent administrations in our nation’s history.

    This new leadership, if you can call it that, has not even reached the 100-day mark and is the cause of great damage to all of us. We care!

  • Question value of dredging Jinks Creek, and for whom

    To the editor:

    Are we naïve? Is it worth spending $2.8 million of your tax money proposed by the Riverside Drive developer to dredge Jinks Creek just to have deepwater access during low tide?

    To market this effort, the previous council and several current members claimed it would increase property values, but for whom?

    To verify these claims, I requested council invite representatives from the county’s tax office to a meeting. My request was denied.

    But this is what the tax office reported:

  • Is de-annexation Rabon’s pet local project?

    To the editor:

    Last year, state Sen. Bill Rabon supported three developers in their attempts to de-annex from Sunset Beach over disputes they had with the town. Generally that means the town is trying to protect its residents or uphold zoning or other ordinances that builders would just as soon circumvent.

    Rabon just introduced a bill to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons Senior Apartment Complex from Sunset Beach.

    I would really be interested in knowing why he seems to make de-annexation bills regarding Sunset Beach his pet projects.

  • Commissioners waste more taxpayer money

    To the editor:

    Well, Brunswick County commissioners Frank Williams and Marty Cooke did it again, this time aided by newly elected commissioner Mike Forte.

    State Rep. Chris Millis has a saying: “Other people spending other people’s money on other people.” And that is exactly what these three commissioners did by agreeing to provide matching funds totaling nearly $110,000 of our money for the Holden Beach Park on top of the $3.5 million they overpaid to purchase the land to begin with. And this just pays for Phase 1.

  • Holden Beach should resume yard debris pickup service

    To the editor:

    After vacationing at Holden Beach for many years, my wife and I built a vacation home in Holden Beach West in 1995. Among the many things we enjoy there is doing our own yard work.

    As you might guess, we were dismayed to learn the town may no longer provide yard debris pickup. That service is something we have relied upon each spring as we prepared our yard for the summer. It would seem that not having this service would create a disincentive for residents to have attractive yards and could have a negative effect on property values.

  • Rogers’ columns are insulting

    To the editor:

    Please stop publishing the opinion pieces from Richard Rogers asking for public support for cost-of-living increases.

    Many of us, probably most, are receiving pensions that do not and will not ever have such a luxury. Any increase for retired municipal employees will only increase our tax burden and that is plain unfair. After all, if it weren’t for our tax dollars, these positions wouldn’t have existed at all.

  • Substance versus process

    To the editor:

    Democracy was once described as “chaos plus the cops.” The desire of many identified as the younger generation is all about “no government.” Backed up with some older and more somber thinking, the system is not changeable and only a total stoppage, with more suffering than one could imagine, is needed and required to get back on democracy’s track. So, old and new generations ideas are coming together.