• Food inspectors needed

    To the editor:

    Americans are getting more and more of their food from overseas, but we are not inspecting nearly enough of it. Eighty percent of the shrimp and other seafood we get are now obtained from foreign sources, along with two-thirds of all the fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day.

    Despite these huge percentages, we inspect less than 2 percent of our food imports. We need more inspectors to keep our food supply safe from contaminated foreign food.

  • Pope wrongly accepts global warming as fact

    A widely accepted consensus of scientists holds that global warming is attributable in great measure to man-made activity.

    It appears Pope Francis has accepted this consensus as fact and because of it and other reasons, he proposed in his encyclical, Laudato Si, that mankind must accept and implement scriptural responsibility for God’s creation.

  • Many maybes for the lack of town park use

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council told you you wanted a park. So where are you?

    Other than the same folks sitting in their lawn chairs fishing, as they previously did when the site was in its natural setting, there has been hardly anyone ever there.

    Maybe you are upset at council for misinterpreting the park survey results and stuffing it with costly amenities you didn’t request. If you recall, the majority requested to save the live oak trees, nature trails, modest parking area and a restroom.

  • Make suicide prevention a national priority

    Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, and most suicides are a result of untreated mental illness.

    We know today that more research, advocacy and education can help prevent these needless deaths. Like so many others, I know about this personally, because in 2011 I lost my dad to suicide.

    For too long, suicide has been swept under the rug while families have been made to feel ashamed for losing a loved one to mental illness.

  • Good works are key to salvation

    To the editor:

  • Sunset Beach must address beach cabanas

    To the editor:

    With relatives in Calabash since the early ‘80s, we have been coming to Sunset Beach every year for 30 years. It’s a second home for us.

    We obviously have seen many changes over those years, good and bad, but the most egregious is the proliferation of commercial beach cabanas. An eyesore can be lived with, but when these are put up as early as 6 a.m. and not even used by many of the renters until 11 a.m. or later, they take up precious room on the beach, especially at high tide.

  • Sunset Beach needs to redefine beach litter

    To the editor:

    While at Sunset Beach on June 7, we watched as the visitors in front of us were eating their shelled peanuts and throwing all the husks on the sand and in the surf. We thought this was littering and a total disregard of the environment. Even the pesky birds paid no attention to the trash these people were creating.

  • BFA grateful for food donations

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) is grateful to the citizens of Brunswick County, and especially the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the U.S. Postal Service, for their joint program to collect food and make their collections available to local food pantries.

  • Thank you for Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank the 75-some folks who braved the heat this past Saturday, June 13, to participate in our 23rd annual kickoff for the Brunswick County Toy Run. We rode more than 60 miles from starting at Wal-Mart in Shallotte through the county to Brunswick Island Baptist Church for a lunch that its members prepared for us. Thanks for the air-conditioned building!

  • County isn’t family friendly for gays, lesbians

    To the editor:

    Thank you for your June 4 column describing same-sex marriage as a secular issue. I live in New York with a second home in Brunswick County.

    My son married his husband in January. Although he will pay more income taxes as a married man, he and his husband are now protected so they can make medical decisions for each other and have married status for many other federal benefits that were denied them in the past. Although they identify as Christian, they were married by a judge at city hall.