• Nuclear option

    To the editor:
    The great thinkers on democracy — Locke, Rousseau and Mill — all shared a similar concern about protecting minority rights in a democracy from the tyranny of the majority. Thankfully, our founders respected their concern and created a system of government consisting of three equal branches with appropriate checks and balances.

  • Wake up, Washington

    To the editor:
    Does anyone think for a moment that Iran has any intention of not developing a nuclear bomb? Really?

  • Goodwill blessings

    To the editor:
    I was the recipient of the goodwill of five local men who volunteered to help me when my car stalled. I had just driven 200 miles on Friday afternoon and was filling up with gas at the Marathon station on Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Upon restarting my car, nothing happened — the battery was dead. I asked a fellow if he had jumper cables and he said sure. Another fellow joined in.

  • Equal opportunity

    To the editor:
    When people think of discrimination, the first things that come to mind are racial, religious, sexual discrimination.
    There is another form of discrimination that is overlooked every day and that is discrimination against those with a criminal record.
    There are so many good, hardworking people out there who have a rocky past, and it is a real shame that employers are too lazy to do a case-by-case evaluation of potential employees with criminal records as suggested by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Aiding dog the right thing

    To the editor:
    Recently, a small male dog was delivered to me. I named him Leo. He was found by a Good Samaritan and was emaciated, flea-infested, full of worms, sick and frightened.
    Mats on his legs and feet along with long nails made it painful to stand. Leo has no eyes, a product of poor care and nutrition. Leo did not see the heartless humans who abandoned him in this condition. He also did not see the Good Samaritan who saved him, but he felt her kindness.

  • Selflessness in action

    To the editor:
    Kudos to Shallotte Presbyterian Church and Holly Borden.
    In a community filled with retired folks who often wring their hands over the perceived self-centeredness of our young people and society in general, it is more than good to read that a church community is offering a public example of selflessness and generosity. The story of their endeavor was published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Beacon, for those who may have missed it.

  • Thanks for aid

    To the editor:
    I was invited out to dinner last Monday night at a local restaurant and tripped and fell.
    Being aged, I could not jump up. Immediately, a gentleman asked to help and said, “Wait, let me pray for you,” and he did.
    He then left and two men and a waitress got to me and helped me up. I was not hurt too bad and they left before I could really thank them.
    This letter is to say thank you to all those concerned and to God, as I didn’t get hurt very much. There are still some great people around.
    James N. Stoveken

  • Rethink football

    To the editor:
    I like football. I played football. I watch football. As more and more scientific research and day-to-day information surfaces, I feel increasingly inclined to denounce football. It’s too dangerous.

  • Carousel of bewilderment

    To the editor:

  • BFA appeals for help

    To the editor:
    Since 1981, Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) has been dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors in Brunswick County who are willing to help themselves by providing emergency assistance.
    BFA touches the lives of 1 in 6, or 18 percent, of county residents through the programs and services we offer. BFA strives to improve our community and make it a better place to live.