• Terminal groins are not the answer

    To the editor: I commend Mayor Debbie Smith’s efforts to help the Golds with erosion problems; however, what will she do for the Ocean Isle Beach homeowners who will experience down-drift erosion caused by terminal groins?

    What will she do for taxpayers who will pay for the negative impacts of groins?

  • Have you checked your insurance policy lately?

    To the editor: If you have wind and hail coverage on your home anywhere in coastal North Carolina, it’s not worth anywhere close to what you might think.

    House Bill 1305 was signed into law on Aug. 26, 2009 (it then became Session Law 2009-472), and it lowered your protection without lowering your premiums.

    Under your state-controlled wind and hail policy, the contents of your home are now covered at only 40 percent of value as opposed to 70 percent before the law. It is no longer at the actual cash value to replace them.

  • He is the way

    To the editor: The dictionary describes “grace” as “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.”

    The Bible says we are saved by grace: “For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.

  • Supports Patterson for N.C. House

    To the editor: There’s been a lot of attention on the November elections and the change they will most likely bring to Washington. Personally, I’d like to focus on our area and talk about a change in who represents us.

    Dewey Hill is seeking his 10th term for the N.C. House. In that time, unemployment in Columbus County has risen from 4.7 percent to a high of 14 percent in February of this year. He also continues to vote to raise spending and taxes, including voting to tax Internet purchases and downloads.

  • What were other commissioners’ opinions?

    To the editor: I find it interesting the only comments from the Carolina Shores closed session minutes printed  [in the Jeremy Cribb story] were from the town attorney and former commissioner Herman.

    Last year, all the anger of the situation seemed to be focused on then-commissioner Herman and commissioner DiStasio, the only women on the board.

    Doesn’t it require a majority of members to take action on anything?

  • Find better use of taxpayer money

    To the editor: Having once again failed to obtain grants to help fund a controversial land purchase for a park, some Sunset Beach officials want to dig deeper into the taxpayers’ pockets to the tune of $3.7 million and pay for it outright, even though the property is assessed at only $2.6 million and changes in flood-plain requirements have made it less desirable for development than it once was.

  • Coverage was biased

    To the editor: Once again in article on Jeremy Cribb’s plea, the Beacon proves it is best at slanting the news than reporting the facts.

    Out-of-context statements seem to be your reporter’s forte.

    The section of the article relating to closed minutes unsealed, which the Beacon made such an issue about at the actual time, reported little information to the reader as to what transpired.

    Five meetings of minutes and all she felt relevant were quotes from the town attorney and a former commissioner.

  • Senior centers should be hubs of activity

    To the editor:  Thank you for the article expressing our concerns for our center (Waccamaw Senior Center). The center should be friendly—oriented to the community with activities that would include everyone. It should not just be focused on a lunch program and numbers.

    It should be the hub of the community where seniors feel comfortable dropping in all during the open hours and being able to continue activities as an ongoing process, not just one hour of the week.

  • Found comments about Cribb interesting

    To the editor: I read with interest the front page of the July 22 edition of the Beacon about former town administrator Jeremy Cribb.

    What I find most interesting about the reporting is former commissioner Herman’s comments about having no problem with Mr. Cribb’s criminal past. The fact that Mr. Cribb’s was around 29 when hired and his convictions of a crime occurred when he was 20-21 years old evidently didn’t have any effect on his hiring, which Ms. Herman was a part of.

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s position of Clerk of Courts is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable dedicated attorney. That person is James MacCallum.

    I met Mr. MacCallum a couple of years ago when I was asked to serve on the board of directors for Communities in Schools. I worked closely with Jim on the board, and witnessed his leadership and commitment firsthand.