• Lights marked child’s death

    To the editor:
    What a jerk! It really takes a low-life jerk to steal solar lights beside a cross on the road. I doubt that you can read, but perhaps someone you know can read this to you.
    That cross on N.C. 179 at Ocean Isle Beach marks the spot where my child died. It broke my heart when I stopped to talk with him and found that you had stolen the lights marking the spot where I lost my only child and the love of my life. I will replace them, and if you need additional lights, please let me know. They are very inexpensive, and I’ll pick them up for you.

  • Bounty system

    To the editor:
    Football players hurt their opponents most with hits: some illegal, some legal, and some legal by the rules, but cheap. The NFL cited several players and their organizations for paying a bounty for hits to key players. A bounty, by definition, is a reward for executing a strategy.
    Bankers are getting rewards for doing the same thing to customers. Bankers hit their borrowers hardest when the loan is in most jeopardy. Successful bankers get promoted, paid and praised. Mr. Banker does not act alone.

  • Nuclear option

    To the editor:
    The great thinkers on democracy — Locke, Rousseau and Mill — all shared a similar concern about protecting minority rights in a democracy from the tyranny of the majority. Thankfully, our founders respected their concern and created a system of government consisting of three equal branches with appropriate checks and balances.

  • Wake up, Washington

    To the editor:
    Does anyone think for a moment that Iran has any intention of not developing a nuclear bomb? Really?

  • Goodwill blessings

    To the editor:
    I was the recipient of the goodwill of five local men who volunteered to help me when my car stalled. I had just driven 200 miles on Friday afternoon and was filling up with gas at the Marathon station on Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Upon restarting my car, nothing happened — the battery was dead. I asked a fellow if he had jumper cables and he said sure. Another fellow joined in.

  • Equal opportunity

    To the editor:
    When people think of discrimination, the first things that come to mind are racial, religious, sexual discrimination.
    There is another form of discrimination that is overlooked every day and that is discrimination against those with a criminal record.
    There are so many good, hardworking people out there who have a rocky past, and it is a real shame that employers are too lazy to do a case-by-case evaluation of potential employees with criminal records as suggested by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Aiding dog the right thing

    To the editor:
    Recently, a small male dog was delivered to me. I named him Leo. He was found by a Good Samaritan and was emaciated, flea-infested, full of worms, sick and frightened.
    Mats on his legs and feet along with long nails made it painful to stand. Leo has no eyes, a product of poor care and nutrition. Leo did not see the heartless humans who abandoned him in this condition. He also did not see the Good Samaritan who saved him, but he felt her kindness.

  • Selflessness in action

    To the editor:
    Kudos to Shallotte Presbyterian Church and Holly Borden.
    In a community filled with retired folks who often wring their hands over the perceived self-centeredness of our young people and society in general, it is more than good to read that a church community is offering a public example of selflessness and generosity. The story of their endeavor was published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Beacon, for those who may have missed it.

  • Thanks for aid

    To the editor:
    I was invited out to dinner last Monday night at a local restaurant and tripped and fell.
    Being aged, I could not jump up. Immediately, a gentleman asked to help and said, “Wait, let me pray for you,” and he did.
    He then left and two men and a waitress got to me and helped me up. I was not hurt too bad and they left before I could really thank them.
    This letter is to say thank you to all those concerned and to God, as I didn’t get hurt very much. There are still some great people around.
    James N. Stoveken

  • Rethink football

    To the editor:
    I like football. I played football. I watch football. As more and more scientific research and day-to-day information surfaces, I feel increasingly inclined to denounce football. It’s too dangerous.