• Where were code enforcement officers?

    To the editor:
    My husband and I have been residents of Sunset Beach for 15 years. This past week, we spent every day at our beautiful beach with family.
    I was very disappointed in the lack of presence of the code enforcement on the beach. In past years, you always saw them riding up and down all day and talking to many people.
    This week, it seems all they did was sit under the pier and talk to each other.

  • The burden is on Sunset Beach’s mayor

    To the editor:
    Your editorial regarding Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato was, to say the least, interesting.
    You advised him not to overstep his bounds, polish his approach and cease swinging at those around him. Your comments were accurate. But you ignore why council has taken the actions it has taken, even those reactive in nature.
    You’re talking about the man who started his relations with this community more than eight years ago by blocking traffic over the old bridge while handing out campaign literature. He criticized police for removing him.

  • Shooting was one man, not all gun owners

    To the editor:
    Mr. Heidtke’s column title last week implies the horrific shooting of innocent people at a movie theater is the fault of all gun owners instead of a single, very sick person.
    With his background in law enforcement, he has to know that gun laws do not stop criminals from illegally obtaining and using firearms. He may find it interesting to interview some of the New Orleans folks who, after Hurricane Katrina, were illegally disarmed (and left defenseless against thieves and looters) by the police who were supposed to be protecting them.

  • Government- or self-made man?

    To the editor:
    Recently, a Beacon reporter took issue with comments made by President Obama that credit for the success of citizens or businesses in America should be shared by the individual and government—federal, state and local.
    Since the president’s speech was either misunderstood or misinterpreted by the reporter in a “chicken or egg” column, some personal information will be provided to support the comments made by the president about shared success.

  • What is the meaning of life?

    To the editor:
    What is the meaning of life? I saw a bumper sticker that read “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” I would ask, wins what?
    If you base your answer strictly on personal achievements in this life only, will your life count? Can you think of anything worse than at judgment to have your creator say “Depart from me; I never knew you.” That would amount to a total loss of the meaning of life.

  • Stop beating up Sunset Beach town council

    To the editor:
    As a Sunset Beach resident I am distressed the Beacon is constantly beating the negative drum about my town and never seems to accentuate the positives.
    You lecture our town council and yet you fail to notice that the five council members do work well together. Do they sometimes have differences of opinion? Of course, but I think that encourages healthy debate and leads to the best possible compromise.

  • Brunswick Angels second in state tourney

    Staff Report

    The Brunswick County Dixie Angels (ages 9-10) softball team finished second in the state tournament in Eden.
    After opening the tourney with two victories, Brunswick lost 11-0 on July 16 to Rockingham.
    “My catcher Morgan Barbee was slid into hard at home plate and broke her right arm,” coach Wayne Branch said.

  • Appalled by antics in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    When I read the Beacon each week, I am consistently appalled by the reports of the actions of our town government. It is time for the governing officials of the town of Sunset Beach to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the positions to which they were elected.
    Ladies, pull in your cat-claws.
    Gentlemen, drop that cocked leg you’ve been using to mark your territory.

  • Homelessness hits home

    To the editor:
    We are tired of hearing there aren’t homeless in Brunswick County. They are there if you look.
    In large cities, the federal government identifies homelessness based on the number reporting to shelters. With no overnight shelter, federal and local governments don’t have a way of knowing how many people are homeless.

  • Getting a degree is a reality at BCC

    To the editor:
    As the summer will soon turn to fall, I’ve realized that this will be the first August in many years that I have not jumped in line with fellow students to register for college classes.
    As a recent graduate of Brunswick Community College, this notion is bittersweet. The faculty and staff at BCC were instrumental in my successful completion of a degree.
    After a 10-year journey, including enrollment at several community colleges throughout the East Coast, it wasn’t until my enrollment at BCC I found success.