• Family grateful for project help

    To the editor:

    This is an open letter of gratitude to the following gentlemen — Leamon Clemmons, Phil Dyson and Dave Morse — who loaned their time and talents to help me in my time of need. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. We could not have got this project completed without your sweat, strength and willingness to lend a hand.

    There are still some good people left in this world.


    Doug Moody and family


  • Thank you for show of kindness

    To the editor:

    I have just got to let people of Brunswick County know of the kindness shown to me. I have been in Shallotte for about four years. Love this area!

    I have had an injury to my knee for the last month or so. Walking is so hard for me. I was in Food Lion on Aug. 20 and the employees saw that I was having trouble walking. They offered their help to me. I thank them for their consideration and kindness.

  • Drivers’ intelligence affects safety

    To the editor:

    Referencing both Michael Jones’ letter (lack of turn signal use) in the Aug. 14 edition and Charlie Schorpp’s letter (use of cell phones while driving) in the Aug. 21 edition, I have a question for them: Why are there more accidents on the roads today than in the horse-and-buggy days?

    Answer: In the horse-and-buggy days, you did not have to depend solely on the intelligence of the driver.


    Mac Fields

    Sunset Beach

  • Roundabout requires safe navigation

    To the editor:

    Now that the Sunset Beach roundabout is a permanent feature, it’s important that drivers learn how to correctly operate their vehicles in the traffic circle. The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers a handy pamphlet available online, “Your Guide to Understanding Roundabouts,” and I highly recommend it.

  • Carolina Shores recycle center a ‘disaster’

    To the editor:

    I just returned from my first trip to the recycle center Carolina Shores since Jerry Franklin is no longer at the site. I can sum this up in one word: disaster. The guy who was there did absolutely nothing and could not care less about what people were doing. The recycle container was overflowing (throw stuff in one side and it comes out the other side) and I saw a vacuum cleaner in there as well — no checking of stickers, no nothing.

  • Twin lakes don’t draw tourists


    To the editor:

    We all want our neighbors to maintain their property. If not, the town of Sunset Beach has ordinances to ensure they do. If they don’t, the town will do the work and invoice the owner.

  • Lack of directional signaling shows motorists’ lack of common sense

    To the editor:

    Referencing his letter printed in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon, kudos to Michael Jones.

    As he states, the use of automobile directional signals is fast becoming a thing of the past. This is second on my list of pet motoring peeves, topped only by use of cell phones while driving, which has become epidemic here in this country.

  • Stats in letter make almost no sense

    To the editor:

    Regarding G.L. Herbin’s letter in the Aug. 14 edition: I did not get the point or understand the statistics in it. Herbin claimed 145 million folks draw a check each month from the government.

    In fact, 63 million receive an earned Social Security check and 12.8 million receive welfare checks, only 15 percent of which are Hispanic. Herbin also claims that there are only 85 million taxpayers in America these days, but in fact, in 2013, 139 million folks paid FICA taxes, which was only on 75 percent of wages paid in 2013.

  • Citizens, taxpayers deserve transparency, consideration

    To the editor:

    I write this letter to offer constructive criticism to the planning board or any other town board, committee, department or council and to provide information for Sunset Beach taxpayers. At the last planning board meeting (Aug. 7), I respectfully asked for more transparency in the posted agenda. The online agenda for that meeting did not list swimming pools as a topic, as well as other important items that were discussed.

  • Public school employees lose in state budget

    To the editor:

    Although GOP leaders claim that public school employees were winners in the 2014-15 budget fight, the fine print indicates that they were overall losers. About 3,300 teacher assistants will lose their jobs when funding is cut by $105 million. Many experienced teachers will lose their longevity pay and receive less than a 2 percent salary increase. Although it has been almost 10 years since new textbooks were purchased, the book allowance for the entire state will be $1 million — only 60 cents per student.