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Letters

  • Good job, Michael Paul

    To the editor: Your sports editor Michael Paul did a remarkable job on his piece about boxer Waban Thomas’ death. He was complete, compassionate and caring.

    After 30 years with the Charlotte Observer and writing thousands of my “It’s a Matter of Life” obit columns, I think I am qualified to judge a good obit story when I read one. And this was one. Thanks, Michael.

  • Vote on town's referendum

    To the editor: Re: Proposition to restore mayor-council government in Carolina Shores

    Ask yourself when you first heard the Carolina Shores governmental structure was changed. Better yet, when did you hear about the possibility of changing our form of government?

    Did anyone ever ask you what your opinion was? Did any candidate ever bring up the subject in the last election? How about the one before that? No?

  • Benefits come with costs

    To the editor: To comment on the item in the Sept. 17 edition of the Beacon about Sunset Beach and the purchase of parkland, I agree progressive thinkers would see the long-range desirability of such a purchase.

    Too often the “choice” spots are lost to developers and private interests and the public (that’s us) doesn’t get the opportunity to acquire these lands.

    The new sewer system and a public park will enhance the community of Sunset Beach. Both must come with a price tag attached.

  • Why aren't others being annexed?

    To the editor: Everybody knows St. James plans to forcibly annex small, commercially zoned tracts at the Midway intersection, which is miles from its main entrance.

    But did you know the St. James Plantation sales office, which is at the traffic light right across the street from the main entrance and directly adjacent to the soon-to-be-constructed town hall and community center, is not currently in the town of St. James and is not part of the areas slated to be involuntarily annexed?

  • Be informed about healthcare reform

    To the editor: I read Sen. Richard Burr’s description of the Patients’ Choice Act he co-authored and was intrigued enough to research his proposal.

    Elements of his bill, as well as Democrat-sponsored bills, make sense and can have a positive impact on healthcare in the U.S.

    Medical malpractice reform, prioritizing healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine and eliminating waste and inefficiency in the current system are the “low hanging fruit” in this debate.

  • Thanks for supporting fundraiser

    To the editor: We wish to thank all of businesses in Shallotte and Calabash who graciously donated gifts and time to participate in the open house and silent auction at the Wilmington Treatment Center on Holden Beach Road last Thursday, Sept. 10.

    We were able to raise $1,270 to benefit the Drug Court program, which helps those involved receive transportation to find jobs, medical help as needed, and incentives as they change their lives.

    It is an awesome program I feel privileged to be a part of.

     

  • Extra taxes?

    To the editor: My family became a resident of Calabash on July 1 of this year, not by choice, but by way of annexation.

    On Sept. 16, I received a tax bill from the town for 2009. I called town hall and was told the fiscal year was from July 1-June 30. I was not a resident on June 30, so I am either being billed for taxes when I was not a resident or I am paying taxes in the future.

    A local attorney said, “Annexation is rape by a town.” I feel that way also but now I have to pay the town for the honor.

  • Questions need for park

    To the editor: As a long-time year-round resident of Sunset Beach, I question the “need” for a park and boat ramp, just as I question the “need” for the sewer project. There is a nice boat launch nearby at Ocean Isle Beach and Brunswick County is developing a park on Old Georgetown Road.

    At the town council meeting on Sept. 14, Councilman Steiner launched a filibuster extolling the “need” for Sunset Beach to purchase a tract of land for $5.5 million. The town has previously purchased a tract of land for the same purpose.

  • Where is our raise?

    To the editor: I would like to know why us senior citizens are not getting a raise this coming year?

    I think people in Washington should be put back on Social Security. If it is good enough for us, then it should be good enough for them. Why are they better than us?

    And the same goes for this new healthcare program they are pushing. If it is not good enough for the president and his family, the Congress and Senate, then why is it good enough for us?

  • The new morality

    To the editor: Many proponents of Health Care Bill HR3200 said support is a moral issue. Of concern are several people in positions to influence HR3200, who stated or wrote the following:

    1) Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health policy advisor in Hastings Center Report: “Services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.”