• Thanks for the tow

    To the editor:
    Recently on a Sunday afternoon, I had the misfortune of having a breakdown while en route to a client’s home (I work for a home health agency).
    I got a lift to my client’s house and completed my shift. While there, I was trying to make arrangements for a tow when I left for the evening. I contacted a certain tow company from Supply (closest to me) and was trying to make arrangements to be picked up near my client’s house, as we are not allowed pick-ups or drop-offs at a client’s home.

  • “For Everyone I See”

    To the editor:
    “For Everyone I See”
    Holiday season moves
    Softly into my heart
    And I feel a part
    Of something grander,
    Something sweeter
    Even ineffably beyond the sound
    Of the Salvation Army kettle bells,
    Beyond butterfly kisses of children
    Sitting on Kringle’s lap at the mall
    Beyond all smells of still-hot sugar cookies
    And I look for and find kind comfort in
    The Infinite Mystery — Majesty,
    Who allows me to take another Frosted breath

  • Affordable Care Act isn’t affordable for everyone

    To the editor:
    The Affordable Care Act has just hit home for my wife.
    How they could possibly name it “affordable” is beyond us.
    Her monthly premium for identical coverage has jumped from $361 with a $2,500 deductible to $767 with a $2,400 deductible.
    I suppose the extra $4,872 yearly will fund many of the people who will receive subsidies, but at age 59, she will now have maternity and pediatric care, which we surely will need.
    President Obama promised change, and boy did we get it.

    James Wheeler

  • All Sunset Beach candidates worth civility at forum

    To the editor:
    I’ve addressed thousands of groups all over the world, but I’ve never seen any audience anywhere behave as disrespectfully as my Sunset Beach neighbors did at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s recent Sunset Beach candidates forum.
    Somehow, a large part of the highly partisan crowd decided that a particular candidate’s answer period was the perfect opportunity for them to hurl jeers and catcalls.
    Where did we learn this kind of behavior? Has some kind of sickness infected Sunset Beach?

  • American Legion Post 503 grateful for support

    To the editor:
    On behalf of the officers and members of American Legion Post 503 in Calabash, I would like to thank all of the wonderful folks who supported our yard sale. We received sale merchandise from more than 100 families, and on the sale day, we were supported by hundreds of great customers. Our sale was an overwhelming success.

    Dale Smith

  • Judge exercises heartless judgment in dog’s abandonment

    To the editor:
    I find it difficult to comprehend how District Court Judge Jerry A. Jolly could be so heartless in the case of Springer, the dog left to die in a foreclosed home in Leland earlier this year.
    Where does he get the power to make his own laws? If any action is taken to get him removed from the bench, I will contribute money if needed.

  • Group makes act about race, not health care

    To the editor:
    “The Tea Party” he said loudly. “I’ll tell you about the Tea Party. They are a bunch of homophobic, hypocritical, bigots and haters.”
    Saying it, by stringing all those descriptive adjectives and nouns together, provided some humor while venting. Playing the scene forward to the next election would not change one vote.
    The idea that a black man is in charge of the most powerful country in the world and is probably the most powerful individual in the world cannot be understood or accepted by white people.

  • Candidates’ forum audience lacked decorum

    It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice for a citizen to step forward to say, “I’m willing to run for office and serve my fellow citizens if elected.”
    If for no other reason than that, candidates must be shown respect — unlike what happened at the candidates’ forum in Sunset Beach on Oct. 23 and sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.
    I am shocked and sickened by the disrespectful and deplorable behavior exhibited by the citizens of Sunset Beach attending the meeting.

  • Calabash foreclosure explained

    In response to the story published in the Beacon Sept. 19, “Foreclosure draws debate in Calabash” it is time to set the record straight. Every homeowner knows that paying taxes is his or her civic responsibility. More importantly, it is the town’s fiduciary responsibility to all its citizens to collect taxes from every homeowner to maintain a reasonable tax rate.

  • Bicyclist not very bright

    To the editor:
    This past Saturday morning, I was driving to Ocean Isle to set up for the N.C. Oyster Festival. I was on my way out of a shopping center, stopped at the stop sign, looked both ways, saw nothing and began to pull forward as I scanned left. Then I saw the cyclist.