• Sunset Beach better than bans

    To the editor:

    Absolutely ban all cabanas, tents, umbrellas, sun visors, sunglasses and all products with an SPF rating above 50 percent. After all, why are they here if not for the sun?

    Also, ban sandcastle building, seashell harvesting and fishing rods.

    Ban bicycles, handicapped transport vehicles and swimming pools. And if they are not in the ocean, ask them to leave.

  • Sore winners

    To the editor:

    A North Carolina political leader was unusually happy — giddy — recently when he appeared on a national cable news show. He was gloating over the “stealing” of power from the governor-elect.

    North Carolina had already been embarrassed by the current governor and supporters who spent a month falsely accusing county boards (GOP-controlled) of conducting a “rigged” election. One Brunswick County supporter falsely accused his neighbor of voting in North Carolina and another state.

  • County continues refining water service methods

    To the editor:

    As a Brunswick County commissioner, I would like to thank Brunswick County Public Utilities and Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority for all the work, long hours and for keeping our water turned on during our major weather event.

    I would like to thank each of you for your patience and for helping reserve the water until this pipeline could be fixed. It’s amazing how we take things for granted such as water and electricity.

  • Political cartoon is confusing

    To the editor:

    I’m confused by your political cartoon in the Dec. 1 edition.

    The implication Hillary Clinton asked for a recount is a lie. The truth is, Clinton won the popular vote by 2.5 million, but because of our Electoral College setup, she lost the election. She conceded then and there.

  • Grateful for the Griffins

    To the editor:

    We would like to say a special thanks to Michelle and Charles Griffin for the work they have done this year for local charities.

    First of all, they ran the Ocean Isle Flotilla on Nov. 26 and raised more than $19,000 in support of Brunswick Family Assistance. Two weeks later, they hosted the Toys for Tots party at Sharky’s and collected enough toys for about 100 children so they would have something for Christmas.

    Thanks again for your hard work in our community. You are truly a blessing to Ocean Isle and Brunswick County.

  • Thank you for Brunswick Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    More than 100 motorcyclists and classic car drivers participated in the 24th annual Toy Run, which started and ended at Wal-Mart in Shallotte on Dec. 10. Toy Run representatives took more than 100 Brunswick County children of Brunswick Family Assistance shopping at Wal-Mart, spending $13,000 on their gifts.

    The winner of the 2016 Toy Run raffle was Joe Smith. Thanks to all who bought tickets.

    Thanks to Supply businesses A-1 Hitch & Trailer for donating the trailer and G&E Golf Cars for discounting the golf cart.

  • Sunset Beach needs long-term vision

    To the editor:

    As a longtime visitor and homeowner in Sunset Beach, I am continually amused by the shenanigans of the town council. I have never seen an elected body that knows less about their own rules and regulations. If their public conversation is any indication, I can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors with this group.

    2016 will be a banner year for the town’s elected representatives with the cabana ban and unban, the property zoning disputes, dredging decisions and many other issues. I have little hope 2017 will be any better.

  • Thanks for supporting Wreaths Across America effort

    To the editor:

    Every year on a given day in December, veterans groups, active duty military, public officials, Gold Star Mothers, Daughters of the American Revolution, JROTC students, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Scouts, Rolling Thunder and the general public gather at the National Cemetery on Market Street in Wilmington to pay respects to those in their final resting place.

  • BRSI seeks pest control help for senior citizens

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) Case Management Team, as it assesses the needs of seniors in our communities, has identified a great need to provide pest control services to seniors living in homes where pests are threatening the senior’s self-sufficiency, personal health and safety.

    Treatment for pests such as bed bugs can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,400 per home. Pest control is not a budgeted item for seniors living on a fixed income, and BSRI is asking for your help with funding to assist seniors in critical need.

  • Naloxone can save local lives

    To the editor:

    The use of naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the life-threatening depression of the respiratory system. It allows an overdose victim to breathe normally.

    Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, naloxone can be administered by lay people or members of the public, making it ideal for treating heroin and other opioids overdoses. The training is simple and use of naloxone results in a life saved.