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Letters

  • IDs can help stop voter fraud

    To the editor:

    Photo IDs are required by law as proof of identity in North Carolina to sell scrap metal, purchase surplus North Carolina state property, obtain a pistol purchase permit, get a library card, apply for social services and by federal law, to establish a bank account, fly on an airplane, or cash a U.S. postal money order.

  • When salaries affect decisions

    To the editor:

    Noted author Upton Sinclair reportedly once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.” 

    How well that quote epitomizes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to persuade public union members of the falsehoods in their leaders’ opposition to his legislation.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores             

  • Don’t turn tourists away from beach

    To the editor:

    This is in response to closing side streets to parking on the island of Sunset Beach. Many families rent condos and houses on the mainland when spending their vacation at Sunset Beach. These families support the local economy by spending their dollars in the restaurants and shops and grocery stores. 

    Instead of embracing tourists, the town will be turning them away. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    Carolyn Dinwiddie

    Richmond, Va., and Sunset Beach

  • People should get the facts straight

    To the editor:

    How sad that some people lack the vision to see what might be and fail to get their facts straight before condemning the actions of others.

    First, the property on which the Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge now sits is not zoned residential. In fact, the Old Bridge Preservation Society is working closely with the town of Sunset Beach to ensure that it follows all rules and regulations. Landscaping is a major priority of the society.

  • Please sign park petition

    To the editor:

    I am pleased to see I am not the only taxpayer and voter in Sunset Beach who is bewildered and concerned with town council’s decision to pursue the purchase of parkland for what appears to be a highly over-inflated price. 

    The “Taxpayers of Sunset Beach In Opposition To the Purchase of Land and Development of a Town Park” petition allows property owners to voice their concern over reckless spending of taxpayers’ money. 

  • Nonprofit would be good for shelter

    To the editor:

    As a taxpayer, I am perplexed at the decision made by the health department regarding privatization of animal control.

    Chip Carroll of the Farm Bureau obviously did not understand RACE would never have the authority to enact changes to policy. 

    Don Yousey, health department director, stated RACE could do a better job than what is being done now and that Brunswick County had nothing to lose by allowing the change. 

  • Don’t allow hardened structures

    To the editor:

    There are 15-40 winter storms per year along the North Carolina coast. Sea level is rising at an increasing rate as determined from observations.

    Albeit, these natural processes are actually beneficial to North Carolina barrier islands, such as Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. They induce ocean waves and currents, which carry river discharge and sediments east to west along the shore face and into the sound side of the islands, ensuring that the islands will move toward the mainland as the Atlantic Ocean marches landward.

  • Green energy

    To the editor:

    We love our gym membership. Exercise is the real key to physical fitness. For a fee we can use all the machines and at once be held accountable (we paid money, we’ll be there) to work out. 

    Let’s put every exercise machine on a line shaft, connect the shaft to a generator and connect the generator to our electricity needs. Now the gym can sell the power and pay us to work out. 

  • There’s more about the radios

    To the editor:

    Re: Emergency Services Radios and Commissioners Reaction articles on Feb. 2 and 9 in the Beacon. 

    While both articles were well written, the headline suggested the county was spending too much on emergency radio systems.

    A little research revealed the following: Smart Link (old system) served its purpose. Like an eight-year-old computer, efficiency deteriorates and maintenance, upgrades and parts (if and when available) are just not cost-effective and the system was, in fact, nearing the end of its service life.

  • Move old bridge away from homes

    To the editor:

    As one drives down Shoreline Drive, you can see beautiful and expensive homes and the waterway, all of which have enhanced our town. With the addition of the new bridge, Sunset Beach has grown and is moving in the right direction.

    I drive this route several times each week and note traffic on Shoreline Drive is heavy with visitors passing through and others headed to and from golf courses. When I come out the southern entrance of Sea