• 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.

  • State will lose at least one local retiree

    To the editor:

    In sympathizing with John Comparetto’s letter in the May 28 edition, I am a retired public servant who also chose North Carolina as my place to retire. Big mistake!

    In my case, my Social Security income is very limited due in part to paying into our own pension plan and not Social Security. Now with North Carolina taking its state tax from my pension income, I plan on moving to a state that does not. Those states are both north and south of here.

  • Sunset Beach park brings community together

    To the editor:

    This is a thank-you letter to Sunset Beach town officials and employees, both past and present, for planning, developing and now maintaining Sunset Beach Town Park.

    In spite of roadblocks during construction, the park now is a huge enhancement to our community. It showcases the natural beauty of the area, encourages our community’s residents to be active and promotes community spirit.

  • Youth Sunday event inspires

    To the editor:

    I had the pleasure of attending Youth Sunday at Sharon United Methodist Church on May 31. Amazed, inspired and hopeful are just a few words that describe my experience in church that day.

    Because of a cold I was not able to stay for the full service, but I left feeling lighthearted and happy. What a wonderful group of young adults who led the service and sang so beautifully. Hats off to families who are raising their children to be kind and respectful.

    Helen Gabriel

    Holden Beach