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Letters

  • Hale Swamp column: A good read

    To the editor:
    Thank you to Stacey Manning for the interesting piece on Hale Swamp Road. Although this area does not have the best reputation in some circles, I have lived here 25 years and own a business on that road. There is very little trouble in this area, thanks to good law enforcement and the majority of us who are law-abiding and keep a good eye out for any trouble.
    Your article had some funny points to it, but it does show that you were listening to people who may not have a clue as to what is going on. Gossip is not always the best source.

  • Act of kindness brings thanks

    To the editor:
    I want to thank the person at Cape Fear Surf Shop in Holden Beach for taking the time to mail a check to me that I dropped in the store while shopping there. They enclosed a note but did not give a name. It was a small check but the act of kindness was big.
    Ted Rivenbark
    Holden Beach
     

  • You’re welcome for the bonuses

    To the editor:
    I have lots to get off my chest, so to speak. I’m glad the extra money was found to give county employees a Christmas bonus. I’m sure some of it was found in our “revenue neutral” property tax reassessment that raised my taxes an additional $100 this year.

  • Commissioner bonus stinks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Commissioners voted themselves a cash bonus this year. That is akin to the U.S. Congress voting themselves a pay raise each year. This type of playing “fast and loose” with the people’s money has a certain kind of smell to it.
    Norman Horne
    Ash
     

  • Commissioner bonus stinks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Commissioners voted themselves a cash bonus this year. That is akin to the U.S. Congress voting themselves a pay raise each year. This type of playing “fast and loose” with the people’s money has a certain kind of smell to it.
    Norman Horne
    Ash

  • Joan Smith

    Joan Diane Smith, 82, of Carolina Shores, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington.
    She was born on Nov. 7, 1929, in Queens, N.Y., a daughter of the late Andrew and Imogene Grimmig.

  • Try a little respect

    To the editor:
    I am responding to Pam Silberman’s letter in last week’s Beacon.
    Ms. Silberman and Mr. Cerrato are not currently in my circle of friends. While I don’t agree with all of our elected officials nationally or locally, I do believe they deserve our respect until they do something to lose it.
    Mr. Cerrato has earned a honeymoon period. Respectful dissent is the backbone of this country. Inflammatory rhetoric is disrespectful and counter-productive to the best interests of Sunset Beach.
    Joseph Stolfi
    Sunset Beach

  • Remove Social Security cap

    To the editor:
    Why can’t we solve the issue with Social Security by removing the artificial annual contribution cap of $106,800?
    I am not saying raise the percentage, but someone like A-Rod making $25 million pays the same Social Security as someone making $106,800 annually, yet he pays his Medicare percentage up to his $25 million salary.
    Think about all the extra money we would have in Social Security without this cap.

  • Thanks from Rourk librarian

    To the editor:
    To my Rourk Branch Library family:
    Thank you so much for my surprise retirement party, hugs, cards and the many gifts that you have given me. I will miss all of you. Thank you for caring.
    Carol M. Jordan
    Rourk library

  • Thanks for tournament support

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank everyone who came out for the “Ellen Fights Like a Girl” golf tournament at the Thistle Golf Club.
    It was an overwhelming show of support that I’m sure had Ellen smiling from ear to ear.
    She passed on at the young age of 35 from breast cancer, but never gave up on herself or any of us.
    This tournament will always have a special place in the hearts of me and my two young boys, and couldn’t have happened without the help of so many.