• Weighing in on last edition

    To the editor:

    My sincere opinions pertaining to the following articles in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon:

    Thank you for your column in regard to Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. I wholeheartedly agree with all you state.

    Chief Presiding Justice of Superior Court of Brunswick County Marion R. Warren has “proven beyond all reasonable doubt” that he is worthy to become an appellate presiding justice of the court in Raleigh. All residents of Brunswick County are fortunate to have him.

  • Canopies needed for cancer prevention

    To the editor:

    My family has been vacationing at Sunset Beach for more than two decades. I was surprised when I heard rumors during our July visit that tents on the beach may be prohibited in the future. As a dermatologist, I am distressed to hear this is being considered.

  • Becoming vegan reduces pollution

    To the editor:

    Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo, Ohio, residents was fouled by animal waste.

    With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Sunset Beach should take Twin Lakes gift

    To the editor:

    Anyone who has taken the short drive from Lakeshore Drive’s west to east end along N.C. 179 should be pleased with the beauty of Twin Lakes and the marsh bordering the Intracoastal Waterway.

    It is an asset to Sunset Beach and a draw for residents and tourists alike. The cleanliness of the lakes, especially East Lake, is outstanding. For 25 years, residents attempted to control the weed and algae growth and came close; under town management, it was controlled in one year.

  • County drivers ignore basic safety feature, state law

    To the editor:

    In the interests of public service, I’d like to point out an apparent omission from the Brunswick County edition of the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driving manual. There is, behind the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the steering column, a lever called a “turn signal indicator.” When depressed, it causes lights to flash, front and rear, on the left of the vehicle; when pushed upward, the same thing happens on the right side.

  • Immigration is out of control

    To the editor:

    Adoption is not the answer for people crossing our southern border. They should not be here, period! Our border should be closed except for official business.

    All immigration should be processed through proper channels with a specified number each year. We have 145 million people drawing a government check, excluding veterans. We have 46 million on food stamps and 50 thousand crossing our border. We only have 85 million working taxpayers. Using very basic math, should this information tell us anything?

  • Think, don't judge others

    To the editor:

    In the Aug. 7 edition of the Beacon, Jean Garland of Shallotte wrote a brief letter about her observation of seeing ex-Sheriff Ronald Hewett when he had dignity.

    In her observation, she is, perhaps unknowingly, reminding all of us to think instead of judge. How many times we are quick to judge someone else for behaviors that seem foreign to us. How easy it is to point the finger when someone “falls off the pedestal” for whatever reason.

  • Legislators ignored Humane Lobby Day

    To the editor:

    On April 4, elected officials and citizens were invited to attend Humane Lobby Day at the local animal shelter. This is a statewide event and was publicized in advance to give citizens the opportunity to meet with their elected officials to address issues that are important to them.

    I put it on my calendar because it was important to me. I drove to the shelter at 1 p.m. fully expecting to have time to discuss my concerns with an elected official. Many other voters did the same thing.

  • Williams, public deserve speedy trial on charges

    To the editor:

    On Feb. 1, Sunset Beach Councilman Mike Williams was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road. His driver’s license was revoked. His court date was set for June 4. On June 4, at his request, his DWI court date was postponed until July 30. On July 30, at his request, his DWI court date was again postponed — until Sept. 26.

  • Jaguar’s Lair proposal seems to defy logic

    To the editor:

    Is Sunset Beach condemning Jaguar’s Lair owners to the Dark Ages?

    Sunset Beach Town Council proposes to make an ongoing nightmare even “darker” for property owners in the Jaguar’s Lair subdivision of Ocean Ridge Plantation. It plans to release a Coastal Communities performance bond before the developer installs an estimated $160,000 of central underground electric cables in the community.