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Letters

  • County poised for major retail development

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County is the fastest-growing county in North Carolina, but it’s also the one county that’s mostly overlooked when it comes to new retail.

    The county honestly doesn’t know what we want because we don’t express our opinions enough. When it comes to new retail businesses and restaurants, there are a lot of things to take into consideration, but it doesn’t mean that in the end we won’t get it. It just means we have to be smart about it.

  • Fuel savings should pay for infrastructure

    To the editor:

    Dr. Mike Walden asked in his column, “How do we pay for infrastructure?” It is a no-brainer, Dr. Mike. Governments now have oodles of unanticipated savings.

  • Support Brunswick Christian Recovery Center

    To the editor:

    I just read there are between 6,000 and 7,000 addicts of various substances living in Brunswick County. These are people who we see and live with every day. They are friends, family members and co-workers. There is a Christian nonprofit that treats those who want to escape their addictions.

  • Holiday spirit evident in BFA Christmas distributions

    To the editor:

    The Christmas season is a time of giving and joy. This was aptly on display during Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas program in December when gifts were distributed in Shallotte and Leland.

    As a result of the goodwill and generosity of hundreds of neighbors in our community who donated toys, clothes and other presents, about 1,600 seniors and children from 776 families had a very joyous Christmas.

  • Thank you for supporting FOP effort

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County FOP Lodge 53 would like to thank everyone who donated to this year’s FOP Cops and Kids program.

    Because of your generous donations, our lodge was able to take children from Brunswick County shopping for Christmas. Each child approved was given $100 to spend. This year’s program took place Dec. 13 at Wal-Mart in Leland.

  • Pity ‘pillars of humankind’

    To the editor:

    The murder of two New York City policemen a week or two ago closely followed the deaths of two African-American men as a consequence of actions taken by police in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island, N.Y.

    Subsequently, thousands of paragons of social conscience and proponents of racial harmony marched through the streets of New York chanting “kill more cops” or similar imprecations.

  • Educate yourself about books taught in county schools

    To the editor:

    I have come upon more information about how “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came to be taught at Cedar Grove Middle School. It was decided by the educators at Cedar Grove to take this book, designated for the high school curriculum, and bring it down to the eighth grade so the children there could get a high school credit for it. This book was first to fifth on the list of the most banned books in America because of its filthy content.

  • Local rally organizers, attendees need to face facts

    To the editor:

    I became a Beacon subscriber soon after I purchased our home in Holden Beach more than 23 years ago. In those 23 years, I have never been motivated to write a letter to the editor — until now.

  • Audit proves Sunset Beach finances are quite healthy

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach taxpayers should indeed believe their town’s finances are healthy. Some facts from the most recent audit include that the town has $7.1 million in reserve, and $2 million of that is designated for various future projects; the other $5.1 million is undesignated. Our town’s total budget this year is $6 million, which includes $500,000 funded from designated reserves, as the town continues toward completion of a long-range project to repave community streets. That work actually was completed in November for $400,000.

  • The true spirit of Christmas

    To the editor:

    Growing up, I was inspired by my parents who believed and practiced giving back to the community to make a difference for good in the world. It is heartwarming to see people in our community who by their lives and deeds, exhibit that same belief and make a difference in the community.