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Letters

  • Was this a hate crime or self-defense?

    To the editor:
    Is there anything more tragic than the death of Trayvon Martin for himself, his family and of our entire nation? No one would want to lose a family member or friend this way. No one who is civil would want someone who purposely singled out a person of any race to murder and then to get off free.
    The question is: Was this a racial hate crime or self-defense? Who knows, besides George Zimmerman, the eyewitnesses and 911 operators?

  • Stop dumping on us

    To the editor:
    On April 10, 14 bags of leaves were dumped on Pirate Shores Drive between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
    The police were notified and came out to see us. They said we needed to contact code enforcement. An officer came and viewed debris and said he could do nothing and that we needed to contact hazardous waste management. Repeated voicemails from myself and my neighbor have not been returned. Apparently, no one in Brunswick County will help with this if you live in a rural/unincorporated area of the county.

  • We all deserve to be happy

    To the editor:
    Before you decide how to vote on the Defense of Marriage Act, you may wish to consider what you know about your family and friends.
    Many of us have a brother, sister, niece, uncle, child or other family member or friend who is gay. We may not know the truth about that person’s sexual orientation. If we are socially or politically conservative, or outspoken against gay rights, our gay loved ones are less likely to have revealed their true nature to us.

  • Don’t endorse candidates, Beacon

    To the editor:
    I appreciate your newspaper running information two weeks ago about the four people running for the judge’s seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge Napoleon Barefoot Jr.
    I feel certain all four of these candidates are excellent people, and any of them would make our county and this district an excellent judge. They all seem to have the experience needed to fulfill a job that is crucial to our justice system.

  • Inmates are running the asylum (still)

    To the editor:
    Last year when the town of Sunset Beach voted to impose a fine for leaving trash receptacles at the curb, I wrote expressing alarm that intelligent people, when elected, could act so stupidly.
    Happily, after a few months, the town rescinded that ordinance and I felt common sense had prevailed.

  • Good things are happening in our schools

    To the editor:
    I am a retired school administrator from Westchester County, N.Y. I had the privilege of being invited to be a committee member for the selection of Brunswick County’s Teacher of the Year by Darrell Cheers, central office administration, committee chairman.

  • New grocery store is needed

    To the editor:
    It sure would be wonderful to have a grocery store in the immediate vicinity of N.C. 211 and U.S. 17. There is a huge amount of traffic going through that intersection, as well as a growing population living nearby.
    What is the population of people living within an eight-mile radius of that intersection, as well as how much traffic goes through it? What is the history of population growth in that eight-mile radius, as well as future projections?

  • Town qualifies for tree award

    To the editor:
    Re: “Tree City award should go back to Forest Service” by Alvin Franklin.
    It’s important to understand the Tree City USA program is an initial step for many communities toward managing tree resources. The goal is to encourage communities to expand their efforts and increase their level of management.

  • The basic fabric of our country

    To the editor:
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the liberal senator from New York, coined this phrase some years ago to depict the increasing public tolerance for deviant and or outrageous behavior: “What was once intolerable becomes accepted as an apathetic or brainwashed public begins to regard it as normal.”

  • Can’t see the forest for the trees

    To the editor:
    Re: letter from Jo O’Keefe, “Hypocrisy in Carolina Shores.”