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Letters

  • 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.

  • Thanks for special gifts

    To the editor:
    In Sea Aire Estates, a young lady by the name of Heidi Hearrell and her daughter, Fallon Bradsher, should get a special blessing.
    Heidi works all year operating the Seafood Barn Restaurant (in Holden Beach). For about four years now, she and Fallon have spent days and hours way into the night baking cakes for the shut-ins, needy, old people and just friends.
    About two days before Christmas, they decorate a little golf cart with lights and garland and go around the Varnamtown and Holden Beach area delivering cookies.

  • Beacon has always been fair

    To the editor:
    The relationship between the press and elected officials always involves some tension. Having been an elected official for four years, and beginning my second term as a member of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen, I have witnessed first-hand how The Brunswick Beacon reports the
    news.

  • Fire response draws gratitude

    To the editor:
    My hat’s off to all volunteers who responded to the Holden Beach fire during the wee hours on a cold winter morning. The response time of nine minutes for a bunch of unpaid firefighters (volunteers) is excellent by anyone’s standards.
    People on the island who worried about getting to their necessary appointments on time due to fire hoses blocking roads need to “get a life.”

  • Bus program cost-effective

    To the editor:
    Last week’s editorial minimized the difficult task of recruiting and retaining qualified school bus drivers. Many of the assertions of the editorial were not factually based and downplayed what remains a critical personnel issue.
    Brunswick County Schools conducts five bus driver training classes annually. Average attendance at these training sessions, which are publicized through the Employment Security Commission and local businesses and churches, is 22.