• Sunset Beach used to be civil

    To the editor:
    For nearly 50 years, the town of Sunset Beach has had a town government and staff. During that time, town officials worked together to achieve goals.
    Certainly there must have been differences of opinion among them. There were probably even some heated discussions, but in the end, a vote was taken, a decision was made, and people put their individual differences aside to work for the good of Sunset Beach. Town officials spoke positively of Sunset Beach and supported the staff’s efforts to implement council’s decisions and goals.

  • Revisiting gun safety

    To the editor:
    I agree with Mr. Norman Horne’s views in the Aug. 2 issue of the Beacon. I, too, was raised with cap pistols and BB guns, and my father took my brother and me into the field at an early age to instruct us on proper hunting, with safety foremost.

  • Who’s on third?

    To the editor:
    The July 26 article in the Beacon regarding bids for the former hospital and land was confusing to me, kind of like “Who’s on First?” by Abbott and Costello.
    Were there two bids or only one on the table when commissioners accepted the bid of Jacobs Real Estate on July 2?
    The bid by Crown Management actually seemed to be a real prospect for the property, including creating 250 new jobs, and last I checked, Brunswick County had one of the higher unemployment rates in the state and the state is lagging the nation.

  • Good job, Sunset Beach police

    To the editor:
    In his email to Police Chief Lisa Massey, Sunset Properties owner Ron Watts complained that the vehicle stops “ticked off folks” and went on to express his concern that “actions like this don’t help us to re-book them for next year.”
    On the news each day, we have been seeing the devastation of wildfires in many parts of the country, and are advised that more than 60 percent of the nation is under drought conditions (southeast North Carolina included).

  • Writer has Obama Derangement Syndrome

    To the editor:
    It seems staff writer Caroline Curran has Obama Derangement Syndrome.
    Her “Obama’s chicken and egg” column is full of distortions and misinformation. She never quotes Obama, but she puts her words in his mouth while fabricating a straw-man argument to mislead readers.
    Her assertion Obama is anti-business is false. Obama cut taxes for small businesses; rescued the American auto industry; introduced the American Jobs Act (blocked repeatedly by Republicans); and created more than 4 million private-sector jobs.

  • 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.