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Letters

  • It’s all a dog-and-pony show

    To the editor:
    I found the Jan. 26 Beacon article about dredging the Shallotte River very interesting and informative, even comical at times.
    If the owners of The Pointe LLC are so concerned about the condition of the Shallotte River, why would they install the docks/marina before something is done about the sandbar at the mouth of the river?

  • Reagan was a proactive visionary

    To the editor:
    I neither favor nor disfavor Newt Gingrich’s candidacy for president. I do believe, however, given the recent accounts of Gingrich’s political relationship with Ronald Reagan, that a fair and balanced understanding of any candidate’s history is necessary.
    In 1995, at the Goldwater Institute dinner honoring President Ronald Reagan, his wife Nancy said the following:

  • Help those less fortunate

    To the editor:
    We have had a mild winter so far, but do you remember the little cold snap back in October? That was the night I joined a few other Brunswick County citizens to participate in a homeless awareness event organized by Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) and hosted be Building HOPE Ministries on the grounds of its office site in Supply.
    It was cold! The cardboard shelter and borrowed blankets from the BFA Thrift Store offered little help, but I survived that one night, and my compassion for our homeless neighbors was increased.

  • HOAs offer good services for residents

    To the editor:
    It is unfortunate your writer Laura Lewis in her article of Jan. 29 only told one side of the story about Homeowners Associations instead of recognizing the many positive aspects HOAs do provide in communities throughout our state.
    I attended the meeting on Jan. 23 in Raleigh and provided testimony that focused on how volunteer HOA boards spent countless hours making sure that needed services are provided to residents.

  • Loves sea turtle program

    To the editor:
    The town of Ocean Isle Beach has a real treasure with the sea turtle patrol coordinators and volunteers.
    In the last two years, I have had the pleasure of sitting on a couple of sea turtle nests on Ocean Isle Beach. The training and experience I learned from the lead coordinators, Jim and Deb Boyce, and the many other volunteers I have met has been so rewarding. Jim and Deb inspired me to become a volunteer.

  • Election was no accident

    To the editor:
    In 2009, when Len Steiner last ran for re-election to the Sunset Beach Town Council, he finished dead last. Only 10.7 percent of the voters wanted him back. The other incumbent seeking re-election in 2009, Lou DeVita, kept his seat by a mere 53 votes. That, in electoral terms, was a message.
    Sadly, neither Mr. Steiner nor a majority of the council “got it.” Clueless Lou DeVita actually called his pitiful margin “a mandate.”

  • Thanks for help with sewer

    To the editor:
    We wish to thank the staff for the town of Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and Tommy Lewis, sewer supervisor, for the great job they did installing our system, including the grinder, between Christmas and New Year’s holidays. They responded to a high priority situation quickly and efficiently, working with the town for permits and inspections and in-sink with our electrician and plumber.
    They all did a great job and we will be forever grateful for the wonderful job they did.
    Guy and Roberta Lachapelle
    Sunset Beach
     

  • Thanks for help, BCC

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank Brunswick Community College for helping meet the needs of hungry students.
    Recently I went with a friend in need of food to a food pantry set up in the college for students. She was able to fill a bag with items that her son could pack in his lunch and items for dinners to help her family in these tough economic times. The student also received information on how to get additional help for her family, if needed.
    I hope more colleges are working to meet the needs of their students as Brunswick Community College is doing.

  • Thanks for helping with coat drive

    To the editor:
    Island Healing Chiropractic Center would like to extend a heart-felt “thank you” to everyone that contributed to our first coat drive.
    It was a huge success, bringing close to 200 coats to the community. We even received a bag of hand-knit scarves lovingly made by a group of local women. The success was beyond our imagination and has brought the gift of warmth to many who need it.

  • Our children deserve better

    To the editor:
    I have a relative attending WBHS and am appalled at the number of days he has had off for “testing.”
    After nearly two weeks of Christmas vacation (with no homework assignments), he is off again, this time for testing and end of semester. My understanding is that students fail, they can be tested again, presumably with some further instruction. If they pass, they have no other class assignments and no classroom instruction. This testing period lasts for two weeks, which is counted as school days, with no instruction whatsoever.