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Letters

  • Remove Social Security cap

    To the editor:
    Why can’t we solve the issue with Social Security by removing the artificial annual contribution cap of $106,800?
    I am not saying raise the percentage, but someone like A-Rod making $25 million pays the same Social Security as someone making $106,800 annually, yet he pays his Medicare percentage up to his $25 million salary.
    Think about all the extra money we would have in Social Security without this cap.

  • Thanks from Rourk librarian

    To the editor:
    To my Rourk Branch Library family:
    Thank you so much for my surprise retirement party, hugs, cards and the many gifts that you have given me. I will miss all of you. Thank you for caring.
    Carol M. Jordan
    Rourk library

  • Thanks for tournament support

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank everyone who came out for the “Ellen Fights Like a Girl” golf tournament at the Thistle Golf Club.
    It was an overwhelming show of support that I’m sure had Ellen smiling from ear to ear.
    She passed on at the young age of 35 from breast cancer, but never gave up on herself or any of us.
    This tournament will always have a special place in the hearts of me and my two young boys, and couldn’t have happened without the help of so many.

  • Thanks for special gifts

    To the editor:
    In Sea Aire Estates, a young lady by the name of Heidi Hearrell and her daughter, Fallon Bradsher, should get a special blessing.
    Heidi works all year operating the Seafood Barn Restaurant (in Holden Beach). For about four years now, she and Fallon have spent days and hours way into the night baking cakes for the shut-ins, needy, old people and just friends.
    About two days before Christmas, they decorate a little golf cart with lights and garland and go around the Varnamtown and Holden Beach area delivering cookies.

  • Beacon has always been fair

    To the editor:
    The relationship between the press and elected officials always involves some tension. Having been an elected official for four years, and beginning my second term as a member of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen, I have witnessed first-hand how The Brunswick Beacon reports the
    news.

  • Fire response draws gratitude

    To the editor:
    My hat’s off to all volunteers who responded to the Holden Beach fire during the wee hours on a cold winter morning. The response time of nine minutes for a bunch of unpaid firefighters (volunteers) is excellent by anyone’s standards.
    People on the island who worried about getting to their necessary appointments on time due to fire hoses blocking roads need to “get a life.”

  • Bus program cost-effective

    To the editor:
    Last week’s editorial minimized the difficult task of recruiting and retaining qualified school bus drivers. Many of the assertions of the editorial were not factually based and downplayed what remains a critical personnel issue.
    Brunswick County Schools conducts five bus driver training classes annually. Average attendance at these training sessions, which are publicized through the Employment Security Commission and local businesses and churches, is 22.

  • Truth in Christmas

    To the editor:
    If we Christians were not so defensive about Santa Claus, lighted trees, gifts aplenty and wise men at the manger, we might come to believe that the anti-Christmasites are doing a great service to the Truth of Christ, for much of the traditional American Christmas story is not truth, but myth.

  • Thanks for assistance

    To the editor:
    I just want to thank the Southeast North Carolina (SENC) Mustang Club members for their most gracious gift of $700 to a woman who is battling liver cancer.
    I told them about my former neighbor diagnosed more than a year ago. Her husband lost his job due to the economy, their house went into foreclosure, and they are now living in a rental with three teenagers.

  • New vision in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    In the Dec. 15 edition of the Beacon, staff writer Laura Lewis wrote about the new mayor of Sunset Beach. I would like to commend Ms. Lewis for this article. She gave a very fair assessment of Mr. Cerrato and his vision for Sunset Beach.
    Unfortunately, in the state of North Carolina, referendums for purchasing land, construction of new buildings, etc., are not required.