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Letters

  • Involuntary annexation

    To the editor: Re: St. James involuntary annexation proposal.

    I never cease to be amazed at the audacity of the St. James mayor and town council. Their move toward involuntary annexation on N.C. 211 and Midway to control commercial and private property associated with the new Oak Island bridge corridor is opportunistic and unacceptable.

    Contrary to their assertions, N.C. 211 (named Southport-Supply Road for a reason) is not the entrance to St. James; it merely passes by the entrance.

  • Why do nonprofits get county help?

    To the editor: It will be interesting to see if the county commissioners cut any of the nonprofits from their budget.

    One would think with the overall thinking they might possibly have to cut salaries or worry about laying off employees and cutting nonprofits would be a no-brainer.

    Why aren’t nonprofit organizations conducting their own fundraising?

  • Benefits of being elected

    To the editor: I appreciated your paper’s article and editorial on delinquent taxes. I do not think you went

    deep enough in your articles.

    Each county commissioner receives over $12,000 per year salary plus a cell phone, DSL Internet service, a computer and health insurance. They have the option of adding their family to the policy but are required to pay the additional premium.

  • Heart aches for wreck victims

    To the editor: I am writing this letter in regard to the five students involved in the car accident on Friday morning.

    My heart goes out to all the families affected by such a tragic accident. As a parent, I understand the heartache all are facing today.

    I would like to commend Stephanie Allen, Andrea Allen, Emily Craven and Joseph Crawford for stopping at the scene of the accident and being Good Samaritans. In today’s society, many people would have walked away or not even stopped to lend a hand because they are worried about themselves.

  • Now is the time for terminal groins

    To the editor: I was quite surprised to read in the May 7 issue Dr. Pietrafesa, Dr. Young and Dr. Pilkey believe “Senate Bill 832 would reverse 24 years of sound coastal management policy to permit the construction of terminal groins.”

  • Thanks for help with food drive

    To the editor: A big thank you to Wilmington city and rural letter carriers, who collected 36,671 (and still counting) pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on Saturday, May 9.

    This will help provide more than 30,000 meals for those at risk for hunger in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties.

     

  • Didn't like tax article

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s No. 1 industry is real estate and vacation rentals. The citizens mentioned in the unpaid tax article, and this industry as a whole, invested heavily in national marketing dollars, attracting new residents to Brunswick County.

    This led to Brunswick County’s explosive growth over the years, thus contributing to the Brunswick County tax base, as can be seen in the expansion of Brunswick County’s Government Complex facilities and work base.

  • Tax office is heartless

    To the editor: Our tax office is heartless. It’s not just Mark Saunders, Marty Cooke and Andy Sayre who are having difficulties paying their taxes.

    Police officers, real estate agents, teachers, plumbers, preachers, painters, nurses, brick masons, landscapers, carpenters, county employees, farmers, doctors, lawyers, commercial fishermen, banks, and 90 percent of all your neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers are effected by this economy.

  • Enjoys car shows

    To the editor: In reference to the April 23 edition of the Beacon (page 19A): I enjoy car shows and wish I could have

    attended yours. Not meaning to be too nitpicking, I don’t quite understand, with much due respect to Mr. Dick Gasper and his very nice ’57 Chevy, how a two-door post sedan that I’m not sure is a Bel Air from the angle of the picture, with non-original wheels and—heaven forbid—blackwall tires could win Best of Show over Mr. Wade McMickle’s white Bel Air hardtop with whitewalls and skirts.

  • Economy affects us all

    To the editor: The Beacon article regarding the plight of many caring citizens like Martin Cooke only illustrates once again the difficult time that we all have facing during the biggest economic melt down since the Great Depression.

    No one has been exempt. We are all worried. Our savings have diminished and our 401K (which is now a 101K) have caused many retirees to rejoin the working world.