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Letters

  • Got the boot, but paid

    To the editor: My family and I visit Sunset Beach about six to eight times a year, as we have a second home in the area.

    During the Fourth of July week, we visited Sunset Beach. As you can imagine, the public parking was completely full, so we pulled into the pier parking lot. There was no attendant at the booth so my husband dropped me off at the pier ramp and parked our vehicle. I went inside to pay for our parking ticket. By the time I walked back to our vehicle, it already had a boot placed on it.

  • Supports Gere Dale

    To the editor: In recent newspaper articles, a few Carolina Shores residents complained about dissension at town commissioner meetings. Furthermore, they were distressed by the belief others were mocking these meetings because of disagreement aired within them.

    One resident complained about the behavior of Gere Dale and another commissioner because of their perceived argumentative styles.

    I believe Gere is one of the best commissioners we have ever had. He has been fighting for us for years. He is one of

  • Disappointed with parking piece

    To the editor: I was disappointed in Laura Lewis’ slant about the Sunset Pier parking problem. It was biased against us and didn’t try to show the problem we are going to encounter when the new bridge is open.

    She chose the bleeding-heart route instead of a fair article about both sides.

    Ms. Dover stated she got in her car and started to drive off and heard grinding. Then got out and saw the note? The note is always posted on the driver’s window. How could you miss that when you got in your car?

  • Stands behind board decision

    To the editor: Re: letter entitled “Dismayed by school board” in Oct. 8 edition of Beacon.

    A recent educator article appearing in your paper was amusing, but mostly sad and disturbing. The retired teacher admits to being new to the area but that fact does not impede her from sharing her negative views regarding our “lawfully elected American” school board.

  • Good decisions, not fast ones

    To the editor: Mayor Selby’s break with the tradition of not allowing public comment at commissioners’ workshop meetings in the town of Carolina Shores was all too short-lived.

    The object of allowing public comment at the workshop was to get input from the citizenry on the various issues earlier in the commissioner’s decision making/voting process.

    North Carolina statutes mandate a public comment period prior to any voting at a town meeting, but neither allows nor denies comment during a workshop.

  • Appalled by St. James meeting

    To the editor: As sympathizers with the Midway community in the St. James forced annexation controversy, we sat on the back row at the town council meeting on Oct. 6.

    We witnessed an appalling scene during public comment. It began when the first speaker, a new annexee who was anguished by this situation, asked a question about whether he and others would be welcome to eat in St. James restaurants.

    We saw residents smirking at one another, shaking heads and chortling quietly before Mayor Lesher’s answer that no, the restaurants were private.

  • Finally, the light of day

    To the editor: Re: School board doesn’t renew Katie McGee’s contract:

    My immediate response was and is: Has “the light of day” finally come to the voting majority on this school board? Citizens had lost faith in this superintendent a long time ago.

    Now to get rid of the problem: I hope this school board will vote to go ahead and buy out her contract and get rid of her for good. It is the same money if she is paid now or until June next year. The only difference is we don’t have to deal with more of her mismanagement.

  • One down, one to go

    To the editor: One down and Babson to go. Wasn’t it Shirley Babson and company that promptly fired Superintendent Daniel five years ago, paying him his full year’s salary, and wasn’t it she that spearheaded the immediate hiring of McGee, paying her a full salary for the same year—at our expense?

    As I recall, The Brunswick Beacon and other newspapers were not flooded with negative articles regarding the functioning of our school system during Daniel’s tenure. Why then was he replaced by McGee before the start of the school year?

  • Dismayed about Sheehan event

    To the editor: I am quite dismayed to learn Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist, mother who disrupts military funerals, is scheduled to speak at the Brunswick Community College auditorium on Oct. 26.

    I resent the fact our local community college is hosting such a personality and by doing so, endorsing her anti-military views in our community and county. I question the decision of allowing her to have access to “our” community college facilities. What’s next?

  • How to win the war in Afghanistan

    To the editor:

    “It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”–Douglas MacArthur.

    I will recount a very brief bit of advice from MacArthur made from his deathbed at Walter Reed Hospital in 1964. Several White House and military types went to see him to discuss strategies for winning in Vietnam. The general had said often not to engage China in a land war, but this time he said with one of his last breaths, “scorched earth, scorched earth.”