• Puppy-mill law is needed in N.C.

    To the editor:

    In July 2012 in Brunswick County, 150 dogs were seized from a puppy mill in Leland.

    These dogs were on sale through the Internet and local ads. According to the owner, the dogs were AKC registered and the facility had been inspected by the AKC.

  • Museum thanks OIB establishments

    The Touch Tank at the Museum of Coastal Carolina is a popular attraction, a place where visitors can interact with fish, sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, horseshoe crabs, conch and other live animals.

    On Fridays at 11 a.m., visitors are invited to help docents feed the Touch Tank animals. More live animals live out of sight “behind-the-scenes” in quarantine and holding tanks. All of these animals have healthy appetites and must be fed several times a week. These animals have very discriminating palates: they prefer fresh shrimp and clams. Nothing else will do.

  • Health care insurance deadline approaching

    To the editor:

    There is a fast approaching deadline to sign up for health care insurance for the remainder of 2014 and receive a subsidy if you qualify. Registration via the marketplace and payment are due no later than March 31.

    The Brunswick Beacon, Novant, Loris and Columbus hospitals and several other sponsors conducted informative sessions at Brunswick Community College and at the health expo this past Saturday to educate the uninsured on the Affordable Care Act.

  • Republican booths inappropriate at event

    To the editor:

    This past weekend, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Home and Garden Show at the Sea Trail Convention Center. Most of the booths at the show suggested a home and/or garden theme. The show allows attendees to visit local venders for home and garden needs.

  • Public records don’t lie

    To the editor:

    President Truman once bluntly stated to a reporter: “Public records don’t lie, but politicians do!”

    In a letter to the Beacon before the election, former Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker stated: “The town is financially sound.” This message was repeated in a one-page $1,900 ad by Ed Gore supporting town council incumbents and in the town’s annual report.

  • Mad Inlet story appreciated

    To the editor:

    A word of thanks to the Beacon for a well-written article, “Panel vote may help lift Sunset Beach inlet hazard designation.” The article explained in easy to follow detail what was and is occurring concerning the inlet designation. A special thanks to Sunset Beach resident Sue Weddle, who it appears, has done much to help persuade the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) advisory council to not lift the Mad Inlet hazard designation.

  • Thanks to staff in Sunset Beach
  • Great columnist in Syracuse

    To the editor:

    I am a subscriber, a writer and an editor, and I want to tell you how pleased I am every time I read the weekly column written by Cheryle Syracuse in the Beacon.

    Cheryle is consistently accurate, current and readable. Her content never belittles her reader, despite the urgency it often presents. She is able to draw us in and compel us to learn about food safety, food handling and food benefits.

  • Public has the right to know

    To the editor:

    Shame on you, Sen. Bill Rabon and the North Carolina legislature. Anything said or any attitude expressed by a politician in relation to their job as an elected official should be public knowledge, regardless of the meeting being public or private. If the politicians’ opinions are expressed by him or her in the capacity of an elected official, then the public should have the right to hear this opinion directly from its source so they may be able to form their own opinion on what was said.

  • Get teacher pay act together

    To the editor:

    Based upon the broken promises made by GOP leaders in Raleigh during 2013, I thought that it would take at least the six-week (short) session for a 2014 promise to be broken.

    Unfortunately, it took six days or less for the governor to promise additional funding for a teacher pay raise and the GOP house speaker pro tem to reject that proposal. He said school districts could shift state money designated for one purpose and use it for another: teacher salary increases. Simply, he wants to “rob Peter to pay Paul(ine).”