• Brunswick Big Band gives much back

    To the editor:

    I hope you were one of the people at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.

    If you weren’t, you missed out on a wonderful Christmas present given by the Brunswick Big Band. It was a free concert of Christmas music set in big band style and a visit from Santa during the last piece of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

  • All veterans deserve dignity; putting ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

    To the editor:

    After the Veterans Day celebrations are over, most of us drive to our homes and snooze in our comfortable beds. The homes of some of our veteran friends on the streets look different. They may be more temporary or less sustainable. They may not provide necessary protection from the elements. They might not even be there when they return.

  • Thanks to all who help family in need

    To the editor:

    On Nov. 20, Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 sponsored a benefit pasta dinner for Selena Utter, who was recently injured in an auto accident. The lodge donated the dining room for that night, and I coordinated the event. Mickey Hardie of Shama Lama donated two hours of music and 108 people attended.

    Several members of the Elks volunteered to serve food and defray labor costs. I thank all who volunteered, the Lodge House Committee, Lodge manager Rich Gass and especially Elks chef Rick Moore. Many local businesses sent donations. I thank them, too.

  • Contract termination unnecessary, irresponsible

    To the editor:

    We sent this message to the Brunswick County Board of Education prior its Nov. 12 meeting:

    Chairman John Thompson and board members:

  • Public comment needed in development discussions

    To the editor:

    To encourage citizen involvement, Sunset Beach announced in the Beacon its technical review committee was going to review the proposed development off the west end of Sunset Beach, but at this meeting, the committee did not allow public comments. The town of Sunset Beach allows public comments at planning board meetings, town council work sessions and town council meetings. Why not public comments at the technical review committee meetings?

    Richard Hilderman

    Sunset Beach

  • Support, give thanks for BFA

    To the editor:

    As Thanksgiving approaches, this is an especially appropriate time to give thanks. I am thankful our community has Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) and its many volunteers and appreciate all it does to help the citizens of Shallotte and Brunswick County.

  • Marriage definition essential

    To the editor:

    If excluding same-sex unions from marriage violates a constitutional right to equal protection, so would excluding polygamists and incestuous couples.

    How marriage is defined is therefore essential, and that is precisely why liberals will never do so. It would open Pandora’s box.

  • ‘Yes’ vote puts rights at risk

    To the editor,

    With the recent “yes” vote on the statewide referendum, defendants may now give up their right to a jury in a criminal trial. I am concerned with the path that not just our state but the rest of our country is taking. If our government asks us to give up one basic human right that is promised to us in the U.S. Bill of Rights, then who is to say that it will not ask, or even force us, to give up even more rights?

  • Sunset Beach council, mayor perpetuate its culture

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach will have hired a new town administrator, finance director, attorney, auditor and planning director. The council apparently wants you to believe its policy failures to include financial problems, deceptive financial reporting practices, Jaguar’s Lair and the costly park turmoil were all caused by others.

  • Sleep well, silent majority

    To the editor:

    Congratulations to the two-thirds majority of eligible voters who did not vote. You have, through your inaction, instructed the winners to have their way with you. By not voting, you have agreed with the negativity surrounding American politics.