• County hit it out of the park

    To the editor:How unusual for the Beacon’s headline to read: “No county tax increase, no new fees.”

    I feel blessed to be living in a place where “tax and spend” is not the core belief of our local government leadership.

    The psychology of our nationwide economy is causing paranoia and severe distrust of big government, and for good reason. As a result, our stock market is floundering as the people look for solid leadership and some positive economic news.

  • Wake up, Washington

    To the editor: With the worst environmental disaster this country has ever encountered already over a month old, one must ask: “What has this government administration done to shut off the flow of oil...to plug the leak?”

    It is obvious BP cannot do it alone. It appears we have the typical Washington crowd (mostly politicians) either placing blame, pointing fingers, or holding unending meetings, hearings and studies to determine how this all happened and what is transpiring.

  • What’s the future of healthcare?

    To the editor: I recently contracted poison ivy and developed cellulitis while traveling. I went to a clinic near Dallas, and was told they were not accepting Medicare patients. I offered to pay for treatment but was denied.

    I then went into another clinic and was told they already had three people waiting and I could not been seen.

    Next, I went to a clinic where I was told they were not accepting Medicare patients even though I also had Tri Care for Life (military retiree) and credit cards.

  • Liked Operation Inasmuch event

    To the editor: On April 24, I went to an event at New Beginnings Community Church on N.C.130. It was entitled Operation Inasmuch.

    I understand it was statewide event. I was just amazed at what I saw here. It was a free give-away with clothing, furniture, appliances, lunch—just anything you could name. Also they had free dental and medical services.

  • Animal services decision unacceptable

    To the editor: In response to the article “Brunswick County Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly” that appeared in the May 13 edition of the Beacon, it is unacceptable that the county health director would fail to pursue graduated licensure just because a small group of hunters showed up to object to the idea.

  • Free concert was a treat

    To the editor:

    On Sunday, May 2, the Brunswick Concert Band and the Brunswick Big Band offered a free concert at the Sea Trail Conference Center. The concert was well performed, and enjoyed by more than 300 people.

  • Requests resolution on terminal groins

    To the editor:

    While I think terminal groins are a bad idea and will work to oppose them in the future, I did not urge the council to oppose them at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, as reported by the Beacon.

    I asked the council to send a resolution to the General Assembly requesting the eight recommendations to the General Assembly from the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) be included in any bill that permits groins.

  • Be a part of the solution: Vote

    To the editor:

    I sit almost a week after our primary election and still cannot comprehend why 60,497 registered voters in Brunswick County decided not to vote.

    As of last Tuesday’s primary there were 75,871 registered voters and only 15,374 ballots were cast through two and a half weeks of early voting and the actual primary voting day. What does it say about our community that 60,497 people either have no opinion or just don’t care about who leads us?

  • Jane Lawson

    Jane Carol Lawson, 73, of Southport, died suddenly May 8.

    She was born on Aug. 2, 1936, in Attica, Mich., daughter of the late Fred and Mary Swain. She was the sister of the late Bob Swain.

    She worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 15 years before retiring to St. James Plantation with husband Robert in 1995. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church for years, and had a deep passion for travel and golf.

  • Successful prayer event

    To the editor: I want to thank everyone who supported the National Day of Prayer event at Rourk Park on May 6. The event had the largest crowd, about 90 people, since I organized the first one seven years ago.

    I also want to thank all the pastors and laity who participated in the event. A special thank you to Marty Cooke, who provided the sound system and Al Parker, who took time to erect the banner for the event.

    Rev. Richard C. Vaughan

    NDP local coordinator