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Letters

  • Wants congressional meetings

    To the editor: In speaking with Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office on Aug. 7, I was informed his “schedule” was not available.

    Upon further inquiry, I was told he has no town hall meetings scheduled for August, the month he has to tour the district and meet with constituents.

    We’re facing the greatest political and economic crises of our lifetime, and he’s not available? Hmmm.

  • Agrees with allegations against mayor

    To the editor: I agree with Tom Puls’ comments on [Carolina Shores] Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The discord in town hall, the controversy on the form of government and battles between Gere Dale, Puls and Selby are a smokescreen covering the real issue.

    When I left office as mayor, I left Selby a healthy government. Selby sought my advice. I advised him he had a competent town administrator and should work closely with her, and she ran the day-to-day operations (as mandated by law).

  • Thoughts to improve the country

    To the editor: The following are some of my thoughts on how we can improve our country:

    1) Reduce members of Congress to one senator and one representative for each state. This would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from our budget, and I believe the quality of the decision-making would not be lessened.

    2) Legalize all drugs. Take the money out of this ever-growing business and start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

    3) Bring all of our troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. There is a better use for them within our borders.

  • Is it time for a new leader?

    To the editor: Thirty-four years ago, Katie McGee boarded an “educational” school bus and vowed one day she would be its driver. She worked her way up and soon found herself at the wheel and in control of the road.

    Many miles have been logged since Katie achieved her dream. Perhaps she reached her goal at about the same time her vision began to diminish. Potholes she might have avoided years earlier were hit causing a bumpy ride for her passengers. Her once clean and shiny bus has since become dented and her attempts at patching have failed.

  • Goal of food pantry is to lift people up

    To the editor: I want to thank Judy E. Wallace for her letter regarding the food pantry. Thank you for explaining to your niece the important work going on every week through many volunteers and for bringing up an important area of concern: smoking.

    As a member of Village Point United Methodist Church, I have been volunteering at the food pantry for about six years. One of the blessings of the pantry is every week I meet new families from our area in need of assistance and new volunteers eager to help.

  • Responds to allegations against Calabash

    To the editor: The Calabash Fire Department did a standard background check on Jeremy Cribb. The board of commissioners heard nothing but compliments about the job he was doing for the town.

    The personnel committee was in the process of checking his references and then would proceed to work history and education when an anonymous letter arrived at Town Hall. Accusations made in this letter were passed to the town attorney to investigate by the mayor before the board knew anything.

  • Patients' Choice Act is a good bill

    To the editor: I read with interest Terry Bailey’s response to Eric Edgerton’s letter to the editor and can only note Mr. Bailey has obviously not read Senators Burr and Coburn’s Patients’ Choice Act.

    If he had, he would have read the Choice Act would guarantee all Americans, regardless of age or health status, can get health insurance coverage by ending the practice of “cherry picking” when insurance companies choose to cover only healthy patients.

  • Carolina Shores is at it again

    To the editor: When we moved to the town of Calabash in 1996, we were introduced to an ongoing battle between the commissioners representing Calabash and the commissioners representing the subdivision of Carolina Shores, which was then within the town of Calabash.

    From what we read and heard, it boiled down to several issues, including the feeling of Calabash resident commissioners that the Carolina Shores commissioners felt they had the correct answers, mental superiority and many issues were being forced upon them.

  • What’s wrong with this picture?

    To the editor: How fortunate we are here in Brunswick County to have food banks.

    As I was driving by Camp United Methodist Church on Saturday morning, I was explaining to my niece why all the cars were in their parking lot and how wonderful the members and community are to contribute to the needy.

    She then asked the question: “If they are in need of food, why are so many smoking? How can they afford to smoke and cannot buy food?”

    What is wrong with this picture?

  • Suggestions for the Beacon

    To the editor: What you need to do is have a Home Depot Jim Horn Hanging Bucket and Basket Contest. One is currently hanging up in the Garden Section of the Shallotte Home Depot store right down the street from you.

    Take a picture of a Home Depot associate wearing their apron next to Jim Bradshaw, economic development director, under the hanging bucket currently with tomatoes and cucumbers growing in it. You could even have Brunswick Beacon hanging buckets and baskets contest.