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Letters

  • Leave Hewett and family alone

    To the editor: Once again I have to read another story in minute detail in the Beacon about former sheriff Ronald Hewett. When are you going to leave this man alone?

    Mr. Hewett resigned, was charged, admitted mistakes, paid a fine, went to prison and is trying to rebuild his life. Do the words compassion and privacy mean anything to you? They should. Leave the man and his family alone. Does someone on your staff have a personal ax to grind or is it just to sell papers?

  • Not a contradiction

    To the editor: The Peace Mom event at Brunswick Community College on Oct. 26 has inspired some in the community to protest the event “to show support for the troops.”

    As the mother of an active-duty soldier, I am heartened by and grateful to those who are supportive of our military and their families. I do not, however, find it a contradiction for someone to be against war while at the same time being supportive of our troops.

  • Thanks for informing residents about water problem

    To the editor: I wanted to write and thank the town of Shallotte for informing residents of Shallotte on the detection of coliform bacteria in the water. Thankfully, there were not other potentially dangerous bacteria present after further testing. It showed us that the water department is doing its job.

    Thanks to all the maintenance workers (water and sewer, landscaping, police, firemen and a Spanish translator) for handing out leaflets. These employees all need to be commended, especially Don Ervin, for an exceptional job.

  • Goodenough is steadfast

    To the editor: As a resident of Carolina Shores, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Walter Goodenough.

    You can count on Walter to be present at all of the monthly town hall meetings and workshops. He is always available to help others in our community and always willing to listen to the residents of Carolina Shores.

    If he does not know the answer to a question, he is willing to go the extra mile and find out for you. Walter is about caring and going the extra mile.

  • Restore integrity

    To the editor: The incumbent running for one of the seats on the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners, Gere Dale, has laid out his platform, and it basically consists of getting rid of Mayor Steve Selby.

    For many months now, Mr. Dale has misused so much of our town government’s resources in this quest. Does anyone know how much of our taxpayers’ money has been wasted on legal services to promote censure of Mayor Selby by the board of commissioners, as well as having the town attorney attend each board meeting?

  • Stop the intervention

    Much has been written and argued concerning terminal groin usage for North Carolina beaches. Will cooler heads prevail in getting terminal groins approved for use as controlled countermeasures to help save our beaches from the devastating erosion taking place?

    We own property at Ocean Isle Beach and enjoy the small-town feel, safety and quietness there. Similar experiences can be lived at many of the beach communities in the state. We love Ocean Isle and the other North Carolina beaches, but the conditions have changed. The economics have changed.

  • Get your facts straight

    To the editor: I write this letter to defend our fire department against the spurious innuendos by Richard Cerrato that the second fire station was an underhanded misuse of funds since the station would be for the benefit of residents of Ocean Ridge subdivision, who should not be the benefactors of our tax dollars.

    He suggested in bombastic fashion that he “held in his hand proof of this allegation.”

  • Wanted to hear from write-in candidate

    To the editor: What a shame we were not given the opportunity to meet Mary Knight, registered write-in [Calabash] commissioner candidate at Friday night’s forum sponsored by your paper.

    Mary comes with new solutions and new ideas to salvage the mess that the existing commissioners have left to the residents to clean up.

    Nance had his time on the board in the past, and the residents decided not to re-elect him.

  • Carolina Shores needs responsive government

    To the editor: Carolina Shores residents who have attended the monthly town hall meetings will understand when I say we need a responsive government. It is frustrating to attend these meetings and hear our local residents speak up and not be heard.

    The five commissioners were elected to help Carolina Shores develop into a community we all can be proud of and one that conducts business that is honest and has residents’ best interests in mind.

  • Best choice: council/manager

    To the editor: What the citizens of Carolina Shores should realize is by returning to the former form of government, it allows political factions to employ and inject their own policy and/or personnel into the operational aspect of the government, thus rewarding campaign backers in positions they may not be qualified for.

    Under N.C. statutes: In both forms of government (mayor/council or council/manager) the duty and ultimate authority does not change, the “governing body” sets procedures and policy.