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Letters

  • Stop with the cabana debate

    To the editor: I have been living in Calabash for the last year and have subscribed to your newspaper for that time.

    I have read numerous letters to the editor addressing the cabana issue written before the law was passed banning them and then now afterwards.

    I get angry every time I read one because it is the “fault” of our visitors that we have one at all.

  • Supports town's cabana ban

    To the editor: I have also been a longtime property owner at Ocean Isle Beach, and I totally support the town council for their tough decision regarding cabana use.

    It is the first time in years I can go to the beach and enjoy the ocean without maneuvering through dozens of canopies to get a view of the ocean and find a place to sit. I feel we now have our beach back.

  • Some annexation is arbitrary

    To the editor: It is difficult to understand how a supposedly democratic body ever passed the present statute determining annexations in North Carolina.

    Many communities will be faced with this arbitrary municipal imperialism in the future.

    I recently attended a meeting in Calabash and was informed the village intended to annex more than 500 residents. The vast majority of these residents were totally against this annexation.

  • Annexation laws are needed

    To the editor: In a recent Brunswick Beacon article, Rep. Bonner Stiller stated that any law allowing the taking of, or annexing any property should be revisited more often than every 49 years.

    Firstly, the word “taking” should not even be in any consideration of annexation law; there is no taking.

    Secondly, the annexation law has been revisited by the N.C. General Assembly at least four times over the last five decades (S.L.1967-954, S.L. 1983e,36 & 768, S.L. 1998-150, and S.L. 2001-487), and each time the law was amended significantly, most recently in 2001.

  • Family says thank you for support

    To the editor: Jerry W. Jones and family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love that you have shown us during my battle with leukemia.

    Your prayers, the barbecue benefit, the blood drive and all the acts of love are very much appreciated and have touched our hearts deeply.

    Please continue to pray for us.

  • Responders saved building

    To the editor: I would like to take this public opportunity to thank the town of Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments and Det. Eric King of the Shallotte Police Department for a job well done.

    In the early morning hours of June 5, a bottle rocket (fireworks) landed on the roof of the Red Apple Professional Building and sparked a roof fire.

    In addition, a piece of burning material landed on a sprinkler pipe and caused a piece of it to melt, creating a flood of water.

  • Congressman says he fights for public rights

    To the editor: A recent writer apparently did not realize I have consistently fought to protect the First Amendment rights of religious broadcasters.

    In fact, I was invited to speak at the National Association of Religious Broadcasters convention when it was in Charlotte.

    Just as the writer and many others do in our area, I enjoy listening to Christian radio and regularly tune in as I travel through our district.

    Freedom of information and speech are essential to our democracy, and that includes freedom of religious expression as well.

  • Writer disagrees with Zullo letter

    To the editor: This is in response to Mr. Ralph Zullo’s letter of last week.

    First, Mr. Zullo, let me thank you for your service to our nation in Korea.

    Second, I believe the eight grades of education you received through the 1940s contained much more substantive and useful knowledge than many high school graduates receive today.

    And now to the meat of your letter.

  • More readers against town's cabana ban

    To the editor: I have just returned from my vacation to Ocean Isle Beach. We have owned a house there for 16 years and rent it during the summer season.

    I was extremely disappointed at the shortsightedness of the “cabana ban.”

    When my children were small, having a cabana on the beach was essential. When I was taking chemotherapy, it was even more so. And for our fair-haired friends or the elderly, adequate shade is required for their enjoyment of the beach.

  • Sun dangers result in need for cabanas

    Sun dangers result in need for cabanas

    To the editor:

    I have been a property owner on Ocean Isle Beach for 12 years. The ban the town has put on canopies is an unwise decision.

    There are so many people who suffer from the sun’s harmful rays but still would like to enjoy the beach. And yes, an umbrella is helpful.

    But when a large family gets together for their vacation at the beach and they are banned from using their canopy, it makes their stay an unpleasant one. From the elderly to the very young, they especially need protection from the sun.