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Letters

  • 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.”

  • Dismayed by school board

    To the editor:

    As a new resident of Brunswick County (and retired teacher), I can’t tell you how dismayed I was to read of the local school board’s recent actions against our lawfully elected American president’s speech to motivate our children. He is a fine man and good role model.

    My grandchildren will be attending these schools and in no way do I want them to learn fear, disrespect of authority, anti-patriotism or racism. What kind of reflection is this kind of attitude on this fine county?

  • Is Jesus God?

    To the editor:

    Is Jesus God?

    Heb. 4:15 says, “For we do not have a High Priest (Jesus) who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

    God’s word describes man and his spiritual condition in Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”; Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

  • What is wrong with this?

    To the editor:

    What is wrong with this scenario? North Carolina is billions in debt. Gov. Bev Perdue borrows education lottery funds to meet state obligations. Education funding is cut to schools and people are laid off. The state has to pass a tax increase to keep from going bankrupt. North Carolina awards $400,000 to Shallotte to build a park.

    If Shallotte gets $400,000, and other municipalities across the state also receive their version of pork, some people are lying about the dire conditions facing the state, don’t y’all think?