• Trash heap

    To the editor:

    In my last letter to the Beacon, I offered up the image of history’s proverbial trash heap.

    I lamented the prospect that our Republic soon would be relegated to that regrettable site as our citizenry again might self-destruct and elect a self-absorbed, deceitful and overbearing political leader. Thankfully, my apprehension was unwarranted.

    However, my metaphorical trash heap image is still very much in play.

  • With blessings and gratitude

    To the editor:

    We went from the top of our lives to the lowest. The birth of our precious little miracle baby, Brayden Duncan, was truly a gift from God. Our family is so thankful for the gift the Lord blessed us with. Although Brayden was here for such a short time, we found he touched more lives than most people do in a lifetime. What a blessing!

  • Trump already succumbs to mainstream

    To the editor:

    President-elect Trump will begin to assemble his administration. He is already selecting Washington insiders to assist in the transition. He is succumbing to their influence and will become insulated by advisers and staffers from the Bush administration and K Street Republican lobbyists.

    And guess what, folks? His agendas will evolve into the moderate mainstream policies we’ve all seen before. He has all ready discussed stripping Social Security with Paul Ryan and leaving parts of the Affordable Care Act intact.

  • CIS gives thanks for volunteers

    To the editor:

    It takes a special person to give their time and commitment to enhance the life of a child. Community volunteers contribute to and support many programs offered by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS). CIS volunteers, through our multi-tiered interventions, surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS was founded on the belief “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.” The difference our volunteers make in the life of a child never goes unnoticed.

  • Obamacare is unaffordable

    Bill Clinton was right when he said Obamacare is the craziest thing in the world.

    In 2013, the year before you had to enroll in Obamacare, my medical premiums were $201.96 per month and my deductible was $5,000 per year through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina.

    For 2017, the premiums will be $814.57 with a deductible of $7,150. This is for the lowest priced plan that is offered. So, in four years, my premium has increased $612.54 per month (303.3 percent) and my deductible has increased $2,150 per year (43 percent).

  • Veterans Day

    To the editor:

    What I think about this Veterans Day,

    Is how many ways we all will pray.

    Freedoms still do have to enjoy.

    Honor those overseas who did deploy,

    While at home on my pillow I lay.

    James Thomas Horn


  • 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?