• Freedom to read

    To the editor:
    I sincerely hope that the Brunswick County Board of Education members do the right thing and vote to keep Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Color Purple,” in AP high school English classes.
    Walker’s classic novel about the hardships endured by African-American women in the South during the Great Depression is an important tool for teaching students about a dark chapter in American history and how to overcome abuse and take responsibility for one’s life, no matter how tough the circumstances.

  • Let teachers do their jobs

    To the editor:
    I appreciate The Brunswick Beacon editorial (Jan. 9 edition) regarding the inclusion of “The Color Purple” in the AP curriculum.
    As a parent of an 11th-grade student in the class, which this year has been denied the opportunity to read and discuss this book, I am troubled by the way community members have imposed their personal views into the high school.
    Going forward, let us permit the knowledgeable and dedicated teachers to chart the educational course for our young adults.
     Wynn Wagenseil
    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Rate increase merits attention

    To the editor:
    The home insurance industry has again requested a rate increase to the commissioner of insurance. For Brunswick County, the proposed rate increase is by a new method: ZIP codes.
    This rate increase, if approved, asks for a 35 percent increase in your homeowner insurance policy. This rate increase is not for flood or wind and hail insurance.

  • Grateful for medical center

    To the editor:
    While my husband and I were down in Sunset Beach for the Christmas holidays, my sister-in-law, who lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away and two days later, my husband became seriously ill with a gastrointestinal bleed. I put him in the car and drove him to Sea Coast Medical Center ER in Little River, S.C., which is also where my daughter, Trina, works in the lab.

  • Book not read aloud

    To the editor:
    In your “Our View” editorial in the Jan. 9 edition of the Beacon concerning the book, “The Color Purple,” you mentioned “a balanced discussion by a trained educator …”
    The educator never reads the vulgar language content to the students. They are to read the book on their own, never discussing the language, only left with it in their intelligent minds.

  • Act pack of lies

    To the editor:
    Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said we would have to pass the Affordable Care Act to find out what was in it. Now we know.
    It was sold to America with a pack of lies: You can keep your plan, your doctor and will cost you $2,500 a year less and everyone will be insured. Everyone gets one policy, just different deductibles. Gone are tailored policies to fit the needs of the individually insured.

  • True heroes

    To the editor:
    I feel that all residents would agree that Glenn Biddle and Jim Fish deserve to be awarded Brunswick County Humanitarian of the Year status for their heroic and noble deed in rescuing and saving the life of the gentleman whose car crashed and flipped into a ditch and nearly submerged in water near Ocean Isle Beach on Jan. 7.

  • Shelter Challenge

    To the editor:
    I would like to urge every animal lover to accept the Shelter Challenge at www.shelterchallenge.com.
    The next challenge started Jan. 6 and runs for about eight weeks. Simply log on to the site and vote for our local shelter, Brunswick County Animal Services. Vote each day and the shelter(s) with the most votes at the end will receive much needed cash grants, vaccinations and pet beds from GreaterGood.org.
    The last challenge gave away 429 prizes nationwide. Our shelter could certainly use all the help it can get.
    Susan Scherer

  • Un-American behavior

    o the editor:
    I’ve noticed a recent disturbing trend in policing throughout the USA. It seems that we are now accepting the “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality throughout this country and it has crept right into my back door.
    When reading the news of the tragic shooting of Keith Vidal, my wife and I both gasped in horror as we read the report given by Mark Wilsey Sr. regarding the incident.

  • Regressive tax changes

    To the editor:
    Recently, I reviewed six months of weekly newspaper (local) articles, based upon the experiences of two local politicians in the North Carolina General Assembly. The articles had a recurring theme promoting the myth that tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations would “create jobs and improve the economy.”