• Transparency and order are needed in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    As a non-resident property owner who has been paying Sunset Beach taxes for 35 years, I learned a lot on a recent two-week visit.

    I attended a council meeting June 6 and learned audience members aren’t allowed to ask questions, even if they don’t understand what was just presented.

    I learned council members can and do have secret meetings where just two are present, because if three are present it is a meeting and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. No wonder there are so many 3-2 votes!

  • BFA needs Christmas in July assistance

    To the editor:

    As the school year winds down and children enjoy a couple of months of summer fun, it is time for us to prepare for the Christmas in July program.

    We are seeking sponsors, much like the Tree of Hope, to adopt a child and buy them back-to-school supplies and a new outfit to start the school year.

    Backpacks can be purchased for $5 at Seaside Embroidery at 4519 Main St. in Shallotte.

    This program helps the children of Brunswick County who are verified by BFA as being at 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • Why are there seashells in Grand Canyon?

    To the editor:

    Fossils of sea creatures are found in rock layers high above sea level. This is just one more piece of evidence of the truth of God’s Word.

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    What a generous and compassionate community we have! One indication of this fact is the overwhelming response to our Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support.

  • SBIC grateful for donations

    To the editor:

    Praise God for the children who attended Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church of Shallotte. During their graduation ceremony, they collected 161 nonperishable food items to donate to the South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry.

    We also offer praises for the residents of Oyster Harbour who donated toilet paper and both men’s and women’s toiletry items. This is a wonderful blessing to our neighbors in need here in southern Brunswick County.

  • No ‘justice for all’ exists

    To the editor:

    I listened to FBI director James Comey give a damning and negative report on Hillary Clinton’s actions regarding emails. Then, at the conclusion, he did not recommend any charges. What?

    It seems even someone such as Comey can be corrupted by those in power. Even our pledge concludes with “and justice for all.” Blind justice in our society does not exist and we are beating our hollow chests in thinking so. Our judges are heavily influenced by votes, career influences and money.

  • Thank you for NC 4th of July Festival support

    To the editor:

    Thanks go out to the many NC 4th of July Festival volunteers who serve throughout the year to plan and coordinate various activities and events.

    Thanks also go to all corporate partners without whose financial support the festival could not be staged. A special thank you to the growing number of individual, family and small business patriots who responded to our call for support. To the Southport business community, a very special thank you for your cooperation, support and enthusiastic participation.

  • Remember Senate Bill 875 when voting

    To the editor:

    The town of Sunset Beach has hired a lobbyist to fight Senate Bill 875, the local bill that de-annexes Palm Cove and two other properties. Citizens have amassed thousands of signatures opposing that bill.

    While these are worthy efforts, I submit that as matters stand now, the effort to thwart Senate Bill 875 should focus on just one man: Rep. Frank Iler.

  • GOP is divided

    To the editor:

    Most of us grew up with beliefs, or norms, we knew who we were, and why we voted for the party or man we backed. Your family voted for Southern values, voted Union, or voted with the farms. There were coalitions that made up each party, and we voted with our coalition.

  • Sign removal is a shame

    To the editor:

    Taking David Stuart’s real estate signage without so much as a courtesy call seems to be one more example of the arrogant and overbearing attitude of the Sunset Beach Town Council and the administrative policies it has developed. It further exemplifies why de-annexation requests have appeared.

    Insensitivity to the needs of the business community flies in the face of good development. The entrepreneur, finding a hostile environment, takes his risk capital elsewhere.