• The crisis in the Gulf

    To the editor: The $20 billion BP payout was a shakedown. It was also something that had to be done. The two conglomerates involved were in bad need of some good public relations. BP and the U.S. government needed to show they cared about the folks directly affected by this absolute tragedy.

    I’m still not convinced either one truly does.

    Regarding BP, they are a corporation and therefore their main obligation is to their shareholders. I believe in the free market system, but in this kind of situation, it’s repulsive.

  • Thanks for poem

    To the editor: This is a public thank-you to a special person. Stacey Manning, who works at this very newspaper, has so graciously allowed me to use a poem that she wrote in memory of her mother to commemorate the 10th anniversary of my son’s death.

    I know that she wrote this poem from the depths of her sorrow and it touched me deeply. I have kept a copy of it, and when I asked her permission to use it, she said yes.

    Thank you so much, Stacey.

    Janet Evans


  • Supports electronic gaming businesses

    To the editor: I recently read Laura Lewis’ article on gaming parlors. Thank goodness, she did not call all of us that like to play these games “criminals.”

    We have met a lot of nice people while playing these games. There are also a lot of people we have met who have no one at home to talk to and are lonely. They can play on 25 cents for a long time and are enjoying themselves.

    It has given a lot of people jobs, therefore, not on unemployment. I get a lot of enjoyment from this and can see that is not hurting anyone.

  • Delivering papers has been rewarding

    To the editor: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”(Ecclesiastes 3: 1)

    For 26 years, we have delivered The Brunswick Beacon to many businesses in Brunswick County, previously for Mr. Sweatt and recently for the present owners.

    Every Wednesday morning, our purpose was to distribute the paper, distribute the news to the people; however, there were
other purposes.

  • Thanks for help with memorial

    To the editor: This is a letter of thanks to old friends and hopefully new ones.

    My heart was truly touched last week by people I have never met and by ones I’ve known for years.

    My brother Mark Walker went to be with the Lord last June 6. He was cremated, and I felt I didn’t have a place to visit with him because I took his ashes to Alaska where he wanted to be.

  • ‘Life’ shouldn’t mean lenient sentence

    To the editor: Convicted murderer Terrance Jones, sentenced to life in prison on Oct. 17, 1994, is now scheduled to be released May 19, 2013.

    That’s 19 years, not to mention his 29 infractions including drugs, weapons, gangs and fighting while he was serving time.

    The parole boards mission is to protect the people of Brunswick County, not to free up the prison population and to put this kind of prisoner back in society.

    Why is it that politics always reduces our foundational values, laws and principles to the level of a joke?

  • Thanks for wallet return

    To the editor: I want to thank the honest person who turned my wallet in at the new Food Lion in Shallotte. I did not realize it was missing until 24 hours later. I thought it might have fallen out in my drawer at work.

    I got to work the next day and it was not in my drawer. I panicked and was ready to call my bank and credit card company but remembered the last time I used it was at Food Lion. I called and sure enough it was there.

    It is nice to know there are still honest people in this world. Thank you again and God bless.

    Liz Johnston

  • Lost glasses found in surf

    To the editor: King Neptune or the Little Mermaid must have helped Eric Amos from Durham find his glasses after he lost them in the ocean off Ocean Isle Beach.

    He was playing around with his son when his glasses were tossed into the ocean. He could not see a thing and went back to his motel and rested for a while. Then he went to the Second Street Grill and tried to see the menu to order something to eat and then left and went back to the ocean about a mile down and was again playing with his son, who said, “Dad, there are your glasses!”

  • The details are in the budget

    To the editor: Mayor Anthony Clemmons commented at the budget hearing the state only requires 8 percent of the budget amount to be in reserve while knowing the recommendation for the 20 coastal counties is 30 percent.

    He’d like us to believe Calabash had “probably” 100 percent in reserve.

    The fact is, last year’s budget message stated 65 percent in reserve, down from the previous year’s 75 percent.

    This year’s budget message gave no information.

  • Think more about terminal groins

    To the editor: Your June 10 edition reported that efforts to legalize terminal groins likely would fail this year and that one groin proponent says “we’ll have to start with another bill at another time.”

    If these predictions come true, it is hoped groin proponents will carefully consider the damage to beaches down-drift of the groins. Also, elected public officials should recognize the inevitable need to raise property taxes to construct and maintain the groins without state or federal funds.