• Cabana ban not worth risk of skin cancer

    To the editor:

    My family has been vacationing at Sunset Beach for more than two decades. I know the leaders of the community are concerned about guests’ safety as evidenced by the Sunset Beach patrol and enforcement of family-friendly rules prominently posted at beach access points.

  • Council should rethink ban on cabanas

    To the editor:

    We are distressed by the vote to ban cabanas on Sunset Beach. As homeowners since 1990, we appreciate the beauty of the area and the opportunity to gather three, sometimes four, generations of our family there.

  • Welcome Advent with prayers for all

    To the editor:

    As believers everywhere prepare to celebrate the birth of our savior, let us welcome the spirit of Advent across our nation.

    As we remember the coming of the prince of peace, let us speak peace and Shalom to our cities. Bind every voice of division and violence. Pray our cities and nations will be touched by the coming of his presence, bringing refreshing, healing and restoration.

  • Thank you, First Bank

    To the editor:

    I am truly overwhelmed by First Bank’s generosity.

    After meeting with senior vice president Dave Kesterson, my husband returned home with news that brought me to tears. Not only will First Bank allow us to leave the cross on N.C. 179, where we lost our only child, Zach, on Sept. 4, 2007, but it also wants to place a monument in his memory at the location.

    As a mother who deals every day with the pain of having lost her child, I can never express to First Bank how humbled and grateful I am.

  • Thanks for helping area students after hurricane

    To the editor:

    A great big thank you goes out to all who contributed school supplies to help the students who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. The response we had was overwhelming!

    Donations were received from the local area, as well as from two high schools in New Jersey: Highland High School and Timber Creek High School. Sharrot Winery from New Jersey collected as well and everything was driven down here by Judy and Bill Weiserth. We also received cash donations from New York, and school supplies mailed from Ohio, just to name a few.

  • Reconsider cabana ban

    To the editor:

    I am dismayed to hear the ban enacted on beach cabanas. As a homeowner on Sunset Beach and Sea Trail, we have enjoyed family vacations on Sunset Beach since 1990.

    I am confused as to what the problem is with having cabanas. The cabanas provide much more shade and are placed in a neat row near the dunes. They seem much safer than the umbrellas I have seen blowing down the beach.

  • Perception of voter fraud is fraudulent

    To the editor:

    Why did three area newspapers — the Beacon, the Pilot and the StarNews — all place on their front pages a story about a citizen being accused of voter fraud without checking the facts? The person in question was accused of voting both in Maryland and North Carolina.

    Here are the facts. The local election board called Maryland and was told the individual in question did not vote in Maryland. None of the three papers bothered to call the person involved or the Maryland election people.

  • BFA says thank you

    To the editor:

  • Analyze cabana usage before enacting ban

    To the editor:

    I understand Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3-2 to ban cabanas at its last meeting. I would respectfully ask the council to reconsider this move.

    Beach umbrellas become projectiles in windy weather and will only provide protection if the sun is directly overhead. We as a nation have become more aware of the dangers of exposure to the sun, and we as a community should not create rules that make protection from the sun more difficult.

  • Recognize annual local Christmas display effort

    To the editor:

    The last few years, Johnny and Margie Calhoun of Sunset Beach have worked hundreds of hours with the aid of hired help. The results of their efforts have resulted in a Christmas display that gives neighbors and residents of Sunset Beach a Christmas spirit and proud feeling.

    With the hard work and efforts of Margie with professional help and advice, the inside of the house could compete with any spectacular display. As a friend and neighbor, I look forward every year to see their display and see what’s new this year.