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Letters

  • North Carolina is no longer retirement-friendly

    To the editor:

    I can give you a dozen reasons to retire to North Carolina. North Carolina was a retirement-friendly state — until now.

    Last year, it passed a law removing retirees’ $4,000 pension deduction from their income taxes, also removing medical deductions and raising the minimum tax.

  • No excuse for Sunset Beach tax increase

    To the editor:

    While I respect the right of the Sunset Beach town and town council to blow off the 4 percent of the population living below the poverty line and claim the rest of the town is wealthy enough to pay more taxes, I think they are missing the point. It is not the tax increase that’s really the issue — it is the reason for the increase.

  • Thank you for supporting CIS

    To the editor:

    It takes a generous person to offer time, concern and commitment to brighten the life of a child. Community volunteers contribute to and support many programs offered by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS was founded on the belief that “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.” The difference our volunteers make in the life of a child never goes unnoticed.

  • Editorial was offensive and way off base

    To the editor:

    Wow! You stretched so much with your reasoning in your May 7 editorial I am sure you have fulfilled a week of yoga classes.

    Equating the Ku Klux Klan to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is offensive and wrong. Your position is not supported with facts, and your speech is inflammatory.

    No. 1, gays are not a protected minority. Liberals keep saying it, but that does not make it true. The board is upholding marriage as it is defined: a sacred union between a man and a woman.

  • Foundation facilitates diabetes education

    To the editor:

  • Funds should be shifted to school district

    It was noted in a recent Brunswick County Board of Education meeting that additional funding was desperately needed for the 2015-16 school year. The problems included a leaking air conditioning system in a school built during the 1950s and three classroom teachers at another elementary school “sharing” a single teacher assistant.

  • Nature itself discriminates

    To the editor:

    Is the relationship of two loving men or two loving women any less valid for the state-approved institution of marriage?

  • Sunset Beach tax increase reasons are ringing hollow

    To the editor:

    According to Sunset Beach Town Council, the 53 percent tax rate hike will only cost $180 each year based on a $300,000 assessed property value.

    They failed to mention the $180/year is for the rest of your life. The council is now telling us that $0.02 of the $0.055 increase is to maintain revenue neutrality caused by declining home valuations. However, the council failed to mention the annual $315,000 payment for fire station No. 1 and the town hall renovations are no longer required. This payment savings should have reduced the tax rate by $0.02.

  • All will someday bow to Christ

    To the editor:

    All of us will bow to Christ. But when and where?

    “But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” (Romans 14:10, 11)

  • Sunset Beach events strange

    To the editor:

    As a Sunset Beach resident, I do not attend all council meetings. I don’t enjoy listening to a council that acts like it’s smarter than everyone else. Instead, I read the Beacon and look forward to Rich Cerrato’s Taxpayers’ Digest. Council should do the same to get the truth.