• Applause and thanks for Independence Day celebration in Calabash

    To the editor:

    There was a truly glorious Fourth of July at the Calabash riverfront this year. All thanks go to the towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash and our Calabash Fire Department and its volunteers. A terrific fireworks display was enjoyed by what must have been a crowd of several hundred. A beautiful evening with a lovely breeze off the water was enjoyed by all who gathered for the show.

  • Thank you from Sea Notes

    To the editor:

    I have had the pleasure and privilege of thanking you for your support and generosity each concert season. When Sea Notes performed its summer patriotic concert June 27-28 at Odell Williamson Auditorium, I again had that privilege.

  • Senior citizens losing funding

    To the editor:

    Please put a notice in your paper to the attention of all North Carolina senior citizens.

    We are losing funding for numerous benefits necessary to the well being of all of us.

    Please write, fax or email all of your local, state and federal representatives to support the Older Americans Act.

    Ruby Fowler

    Anthony L. Rapposelli

    Oak Island

  • Shark bite information helps others

    To the editor:

    Thanks for guest columnist Eric Johnson’s knowledgeable piece on sharks in last week’s edition.

  • Ag Gag bill and outcome were for public show

    To the editor:

    The House and Senate voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of the Whistleblower Bill, aka Ag Gag Bill.

    I realize the entire show was a joke to them, as it was orchestrated to fool the voter anyway. McCrory is falling behind in popularity and needed a boost. This was meant to make voters think our elected officials actually cared about what we think. I was not fooled, but I am, once again, disappointed in my state politics.

  • Captain’s shark claims unfounded

    To the editor:

    An article in last week’s Beacon contains claims by a local charter boat captain intended to scare people into increasing the current one-per-boat-per-day limit on killing sharks. The captain says shark attacks will increase because anglers aren’t allowed to kill more sharks. He suggests sharks are multiplying so fast that “they are damaging the ecosystem.”

  • Use of beach space at issue

    To the editor:

    I read with interest the letter from Phillip Kent Barbalace regarding the commercial cabanas at Sunset Beach in last week’s Beacon. I, too, have seen cabanas that have been set up early and no one using them for hours.

  • Republican Party survey responses go unheeded

    To the editor:

    At the beginning of 2015, we received a survey from the Republican Party asking for our thoughts about the state of the country. Since our survey responses went unheeded previously, I shared our views in a letter that the country is not only fiscally bankrupt but also bankrupt on many levels.

    We all have our major concerns dependent upon what is dearest to us; however, the chances of seeing a Republican president are slim. Hopefully, one of many candidates will shine.

  • Safety is first in summertime

    To the editor:

    It’s that time of year when all motorists should be advised that safety is first. Holden Beach is known as “the family beach,” so let’s keep it that way.

    Motorists: Please be considerate of bicycles, as they are legal and have to follow rules just as any motor vehicle does. During this busy holiday, everyone should slow down, be courteous and considerate of bicycles.

    Let’s have a fun and safe holiday and please do not drink and drive!

    P.J. Allen

    Holden Beach

  • Volunteers brighten small children’s lives

    It truly takes a generous person to offer time, a caring concern and a commitment to brighten the life of a small child.

    That is what our wonderful volunteers do once a month at our diaper giveaway event. These are moms helping moms from all walks of life, contributing items for the less fortunate by donating diapers, wipes, baby clothing and other needed items. These volunteers are special individuals.