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Letters

  • Let undocumented students get an education

    To the editor: You state that taxpayer dollars support community colleges. In this you are correct. You neglect to mention, however, that undocumented workers also pay taxes, and in fact often pay a greater proportion of their lower-than-average wages.

    You also ignore the basic facts of financing community colleges in North Carolina. Tuition pays little of the cost of educating students, so the opportunity to charge out of state tuition would be a windfall for Brunswick Community College.

  • Supports snow delay decision

    To the editor: In response to the two-hour delay the writer insists isn’t needed, I have to say she just doesn’t get it.

    Snow was not the issue, but 34-degree ground temps with the possibility of rapidly falling temps on wet bridges and overpasses were the cause.

    Give our school system a break. They are making decisions based on advice from NCDOT and the NWS with the safety of our school children in their hands.

  • Spread the word about lung cancer

    To the editor: I would like to thank Sarah Shew Wilson for the nice article she did on lung cancer awareness. She was professional and courteous and told my story well.

    Now, I need the help of all you good people to help me to spread the word about the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act Of 2009, H.R. 2112. This bill needs to be passed so more money is allocated for lung cancer research for finding a definitive screening test to diagnose lung cancer in its earliest stages and to find a cure for this deadly disease that attacks smokers and non-smokers.

  • Supports Sunset Beach park

    To the editor: Re: Sunset Beach Town Council’s vote to buy the land between Twin Lakes restaurant and Bill’s Seafood.

    The three members of town council who support the plan to develop a boat launch and community park on this waterfront property deserve our praise and support for their farsightedness.

    Their vote should allay the concerns of two council members that only one appraisal was done. It’s not the number of appraisals performed but the quality of the appraisal. Armchair appraisers should let the experts do their jobs.

  • Property valuations too high

    To the editor: It’s no wonder population growth is declining in Brunswick County. Why would anyone want to move here unless they have money to give away?

    Mailed my property tax check recently. Went up 410 percent with the re-evaluation. Can’t sell it for half that.

    Brunswick County has the highest foreclosure rate in North Carolina, according to the Charlotte Observer.

  • ABC Board claims inaccurate

    To the editor: With regards to Leonard Steiner’s letter to the editor in the Dec. 24, 2009, publication of the Beacon, I feel I must respond.

    Having retired at the end of 2009 after 17 years on the Sunset Beach ABC Board (most of those years as chairman of the board), I wanted to set the facts straight.

  • Doesn't like college ban resolution

    To the editor: I was so heartened during the holiday season by the generosity of North Carolinians toward those less fortunate. There were numerous stories in the media showcasing extraordinary humanity.

    But my optimism faded quickly when I read that Brunswick County commissioners plan to craft a resolution in an attempt to ban undocumented students from attending state community colleges. And to your paper’s shame, you are supporting this endeavor.

  • Call your insurance agent

    To the editor: I don’t know what happened. Maybe enough of us wrote expressing our disbelief at what the state had allowed insurance companies to do.

    My agent called to let me know replacement cost coverage is once again an option on my North Carolina Homeowner Windstorm and Hail policy.

    Yes, it’s still only at a maximum of 40 percent of the primary dwelling’s coverage and, yes, there is an additional premium, but at least I can now choose to have some degree of protection for the contents of my home.

  • Let volunteers into animal shelter

    To the editor: I have volunteered with animal shelters for many years. I have never found a shelter that did not welcome volunteers into the shelter. Refusing to allow volunteers into the shelter is perceived as hiding what happens there.

    Many residents of Brunswick County would volunteer time, energy and talents to help animals there find new homes. I firmly believe if you allow volunteers into the shelter, your adoption rates will improve and public perception of animal control will improve.

  • Paying for our government

    To the editor: After World War II, all the countries of Europe went socialistic. They decided their governments would practice socialism versus capitalism.

    That being said, it is common practice for people under socialism—democratic socialism—to take a whole year off with full pay if a woman bears a child. The woman can take off a whole year with pay, and in some countries, the father can do the same.

    Likewise, unemployment insurance is full pay for whatever time it takes to find another job.