• An open letter to President-elect Trump

    To the editor:

    Mr. President-elect: I am extremely positive and thankful you have been given the honor and opportunity to serve this great nation. You have listened to the heart of America and have promised to serve “the people, all of the people, above all else.”

    This will be the greatest test of your leadership skills of your entire lifetime. We have had some great presidents over the lifetime of this republic. You now have a chance to stand as tall as any previous president, if you remain focused on your promises to America.

  • Thank you to ceremony attendees and our veterans

    To the editor:

    On behalf of all members of the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans, we would like to thank the many people of Sunset Beach who helped make our Veterans Day Ceremony a success.

  • Dogs need to be leashed at park

    To the editor:

    I have seen many dogs unleashed at the Sunset Beach Town Park. It is very concerning to me as the owners seem to think the law in Sunset Beach for dogs being on a leash at all times doesn’t apply to them. They get rude when confronted with this law and some of them are from Calabash.

    I believe we need to install a sign telling these people they will be fined if their dogs are not controlled by a leash and not allowed to run wild and disturb other people and dogs.

    Joanne Law

    Sunset Beach

  • Social media use harms children, adults

    To the editor:

    Much has been said about the dangers that our children face because of the practice of social media like Facebook, Twitter and the others. I think that most adults agree that the overall effect on the children is less than desirable. But what about a similar effect on us grown folks?

  • Keep canopies at Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    My husband and I just returned from Sunset Beach after spending time working on our house there and, as I was looking forward to catching up on the news in the Beacon, I became quite upset while reading Oct. 20’s story, “Canopies Remain a Shady Topic in Sunset Beach.”

  • Debris collection essential part of hurricane recovery

    To the editor:

    In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, removing massive amounts of debris is an important part of helping communities clean up and rebuild.

    Long before the first rain fell, the state environmental department was working with local governments to establish locations where storm debris can be temporarily stored and processed. These temporary debris sites are necessary after any major storm to speed up the cleanup process that would take much longer if the debris had to be hauled to a landfill.

  • Recycle to keep Brunswick County clean, beautiful

    To the editor:

    Even though the national recycling rate is an impressive 34 percent, Brunswick County residents can help expand recovery and reuse numbers.

    In honor of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is asking everyone to take three simple steps to lend a hand:

    1) Learn what recycling options are available in your community

    2) During the next month, reduce the amount of waste generated, focus on recycling more, and purchase products with recycled content

  • U.S. cannot afford its own government

    To the editor:

    Thomas McGrath’s letter of Oct. 6 expressed concern about the national debt, while stating: “No one should vote for a politician who ... will not vote for adequate taxes.”

    McGrath left “adequate” undefined and omitted two significant facts: 45.3 percent of earners didn’t owe any federal income tax last year and 60 percent of all federal expenditures are “payments for individuals,” unauthorized by the Constitution of the United States.

  • Vote Mentzer for school board

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has been run for a number of years by Republicans.

    So how has the all-Republican board been doing? For the past several years they have sat by and watched hundreds of students a year drop out. Ask any sheriff what an extra 600 aimless, uneducated teenagers a year will mean for law enforcement over the next five or 10 years.

  • Fight opioid, heroin epidemic

    To the editor:

    I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic, along with this major drug, heroin.

    Everywhere I go, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction.