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Letters

  • Heirs of that first revolution

    To the editor:
    These are words spoken by our president shortly after taking his presidential oath:
    “The world is very different now...and yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe: the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.”
    -John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961.
    John A. Donnelly
    Carolina Shores
     

  • Mary Brooks

    Mary Alberta Brooks, 91, of Shallotte, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Autumn Care Nursing Center in Shallotte.
    A funeral service was set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Shallotte. Burial was to follow at Angela Faye Cemetery in Shallotte.
    Arrangements by Peoples Funeral Home of Shallotte Inc.
     

  • Thank a school board member

    To the editor:
    School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure schools are providing the best education possible for the community’s children. That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them during School Board Appreciation Month in January.
    School board members are citizens whose decisions affect children—what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.

  • Hale Swamp column: A good read

    To the editor:
    Thank you to Stacey Manning for the interesting piece on Hale Swamp Road. Although this area does not have the best reputation in some circles, I have lived here 25 years and own a business on that road. There is very little trouble in this area, thanks to good law enforcement and the majority of us who are law-abiding and keep a good eye out for any trouble.
    Your article had some funny points to it, but it does show that you were listening to people who may not have a clue as to what is going on. Gossip is not always the best source.

  • Act of kindness brings thanks

    To the editor:
    I want to thank the person at Cape Fear Surf Shop in Holden Beach for taking the time to mail a check to me that I dropped in the store while shopping there. They enclosed a note but did not give a name. It was a small check but the act of kindness was big.
    Ted Rivenbark
    Holden Beach
     

  • You’re welcome for the bonuses

    To the editor:
    I have lots to get off my chest, so to speak. I’m glad the extra money was found to give county employees a Christmas bonus. I’m sure some of it was found in our “revenue neutral” property tax reassessment that raised my taxes an additional $100 this year.

  • Commissioner bonus stinks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Commissioners voted themselves a cash bonus this year. That is akin to the U.S. Congress voting themselves a pay raise each year. This type of playing “fast and loose” with the people’s money has a certain kind of smell to it.
    Norman Horne
    Ash
     

  • Commissioner bonus stinks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Commissioners voted themselves a cash bonus this year. That is akin to the U.S. Congress voting themselves a pay raise each year. This type of playing “fast and loose” with the people’s money has a certain kind of smell to it.
    Norman Horne
    Ash

  • Joan Smith

    Joan Diane Smith, 82, of Carolina Shores, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington.
    She was born on Nov. 7, 1929, in Queens, N.Y., a daughter of the late Andrew and Imogene Grimmig.

  • Try a little respect

    To the editor:
    I am responding to Pam Silberman’s letter in last week’s Beacon.
    Ms. Silberman and Mr. Cerrato are not currently in my circle of friends. While I don’t agree with all of our elected officials nationally or locally, I do believe they deserve our respect until they do something to lose it.
    Mr. Cerrato has earned a honeymoon period. Respectful dissent is the backbone of this country. Inflammatory rhetoric is disrespectful and counter-productive to the best interests of Sunset Beach.
    Joseph Stolfi
    Sunset Beach