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Letters

  • Vegetation can help barrier islands

    To the editor: Life on barrier islands is risky. Insurance rates are climbing. State Farm won’t insure islands.

    On Ocean Isle Beach, the ecological infrastructure is decimated by development. Manicured lawns don’t slow storm surges or block winds. How can we protect property?

    The most effective means of protecting our islands is clustered native vegetation. Vegetation’s role was studied extensively by Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN), funded by the National Science Foundation (www.coastalbarrierisland.org).

  • How is your POA?

    To the editor: I hope there are some out there that live in subdivisions with POAs because you’ll understand or maybe yours is not like ours.

    In ours, you can’t speak at a meeting unless you request beforehand, but there are others who can go sit in and if they don’t like what’s being said, they speak anyway. Strange, huh?

  • Brunswick Family Assistance 2009 Report

    To the editor: On behalf of Brunswick County residents in crisis, the board of directors and staff of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) would like to express our gratitude to the community of Brunswick County for their generosity in aiding the county’s neediest. Specifically, BFA in 2009 distributed:

    •$374,000 in food (183 tons) to 3,051 households with 9,546 affected people.

    •$139,000 in heating and utilities to 1,701 households.

    •$158,000 in rental assistance and emergency shelter to 484 households.

  • Opposing smoking in public places

    To the editor: As a smoker early in life and a non-smoker for the last 40 years, I’m opposed to smoking (in all forms) in public places.

    I found Ed Wilson’s editorial cartoon (December 2009) a hard-hitting warning of what is to come. It quickly and effectively tells the story without a lot of words, which so often can lose the reader.

    Good work, Ed.

  • 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.