• Applauding all who help WBHS band

    To the editor:

    I would like to take the time to give a round of applause to the band parents of West Brunswick High School who help the band function year-round with all the fundraisers, keeping accounts straight, transporting the band’s equipment to all of its competitions and taking care of the band’s uniforms.

    I wanted to also give special thanks to the parents and volunteers who run the concession stands and to Mr. Jason Seip, our band director, for keeping the band routine interesting.

    Frankie Cook, West Brunswick High School student

  • Please pick your battles

    To the editor:

    My understanding is that after the Sunset Beach council arbitrarily voted to ban cabanas at the November town meeting, there were hundreds and hundreds of calls, emails and letters sent to the town protesting this ban. Much to our council’s credit, they listened to the people and, at least for the time being, rescinded this ban. This seemed to be a perfect time for our council to all work together to formulate new rules on where and when cabanas are allowed.

  • Cabanaban easier than regulations

    To the editor:

    I have many concerns regarding what Sunset Beach Town Council is trying to accomplish (outside of creating headaches) regarding cabanas.

    Having worked the beach as an owner of a cabana rental company for many years, I’ve witnessed many different misunderstandings.

  • Ryan's Auto Glass exceeds expectations

    To the editor:

    I am writing about a local company here in Brunswick County that provides the service of automotive glass replacement, which I was in need of recently.

    Their business card states, “Over 35 years of experience,” and with the windshield replacement they performed in the convenience of my home’s driveway, it certainly is evident.

  • Letter on intelligence community lacking

    To the editor:

    In response to Duane Lewis’ Jan. 12 letter to the editor, “Intelligence community is an oxymoron,” it is clear Mr. Lewis’ familiarity with the intelligence community is limited and quite dated.

    I worked in the intel community between 1971-2013 as a Navy linguist, a civilian analyst and a contractor serving three different major intel agencies. If Mr. Lewis had done his homework, he would have known the weapons of mass destruction claim was a product of then-Vice President Cheney, not the intel agencies.

  • Many town issues merit questions

    To the editor:

    After reading the Beacon, I am reminded of three quotes: “Democracy was not created to be pretty” and “A free press and informed citizens is a politicians’ greatest fear,” President Thomas Jefferson; and “All politics is local,” former House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill.

  • Coping with Carolina Shores traffic issues

    To the editor:

    I would like to comment on story penned by staff writer Laura Lewis in the Towns section of the Jan. 12 edition. In it, she described the concern of Carolina Shores residents between Country Club Drive and Persimmon Road about the increase of traffic on Carolina Parkway between these two roads.

  • American history notes lacrosse origins

    To the editor:

    Today, the athletic fields around the country are crowded with future lacrosse stars.

    Lacrosse has been played for hundreds of years by Native Americans and has become a staple of American sport.

    The first American tribes had no written language for the game that many years later would be known as lacrosse.

    What we know about the game was transmitted by word of mouth. Some American tribes insisted their version was the original, having been received as a gift from the Spirit of the Creator.

  • A tribute to President Obama

    To the editor:

    Had been born so I could survive,

    Then continue on and remain alive.

    Being thankfully giving God praise,

    Did things that others would amaze.

    Must accomplish much and don’t abort,

    Making sure I never sell myself short.

    Giving credit to them who do deserve,

    Off righteous path shall not swerve.

    Many gave comfort and support to me

    Here in land of brave and home of free.

    Sometimes I might ever create static

  • Thank you for thoughtfulness

    To the editor:

    A heartfelt thank you to the thoughtful person who turned in my driver’s license and credit card to the courtesy desk at Lowes Foods in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It saved us cutting short our holiday here in Sunset Beach and returning home to Canada to obtain replacements.

    My family and I are very grateful and greatly relieved.

    William Huxley

    Niagara Falls, Ontario