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Letters

  • Widow outraged by repeat offender

    To the editor: I was outraged when I read the May 22 edition of The Brunswick Beacon. The laws should be tougher for repeat criminal behavior.

    My husband [Adam Bradshaw] might be alive today if the laws were already tougher for those who choose to be career criminals. The fact is, they have a choice.

    They can choose to commit crimes or they can choose not to commit crimes. I don’t understand the psychology behind it.

    What drives someone to choose a life of crime? What drives someone to commit murder?

  • Shallotte Point businesses respond

    To the editor: We represent two of the three businesses that have been written about in recent letters to the editor concerning annexation of Shallotte Point properties.

    Our family has been in Shallotte Point for more than 100 years so we care about the Point.

    We want to set things straight.

  • Concerned about county salaries

    To the editor: I am concerned about unequal treatment of Brunswick County employees.

    I understand a “select few” are receiving a significant pay raise, while other employees have been informed merits would be held to the mid-range this year even if their manager had recommended a higher merit.

    Mr. Sue made the comment that the county manager may know something about the employee that his manager doesn’t know and is in a better position to judge the employee’s merit.

  • Shallotte loses healer, friend

    To the editor: I lost a good friend last week. Shallotte lost a good friend as well.

    When I came to Shallotte in 1973, my first medical doctor was Dr. B.B. (Ben) Ward. Friends and relatives called him Bennie Brooks. I never worked up enough courage to call him that.

    To me he was “Dr. Ward,” the healer of all of my ailments, the man who got me well enough to never miss work. We socialized very little, probably because we ran in different circles.

  • Thanks for enforcing canopy ban

    To the editor: I would like to express my appreciation and sincere thanks to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department for enforcing the canopy ban on the beaches.

    I am a property owner and was extremely concerned last year when the canopies were in such abundance on the beaches.

    Maybe if they would have been taken down each evening, it may have been tolerable, but to watch the sunrise with canopy “shells” lining our beach was quite frankly horrific, not to mention the negative impact to the sea turtle population.

  • A global warming proposal

    To the editor: There is a considerable ongoing debate over whether there is global warming and, if so, whether mankind is contributing to what many consider to be a planet-threatening phenomenon.

    The former prime minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, has now added his voice to the debate and recently urged the United States to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases.

    In fact, he is of the opinion that unless we do something now, “damage to the climate will be irreversible.”

  • Shallotte Point named endangered

    To the editor: This past week, the Historic Wilmington Foundation (along with the Deputy Secretary of Archives) added the Shallotte Point community to their list of properties and communities in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties that are now classified as “endangered.”

    There were just nine on the list. The Shallotte Point Community was No. 1. We (the Shallotte Point Preservation Group and our many supporters) are not just a bunch of hot heads. The concern over this issue is widespread.

  • Village resident says Puls should resign

    To the editor: It has been a little more than two weeks since the Village at Calabash lost its District 1 status in the town of Carolina Shores.

    You would think the decision to re-district us should have put an end to bad feelings between our community and the town. Guess again.

    The feeling’s this community has runs deeper than just district status. When we were annexed five years ago, we were assured of the same services as the community annexing us. The only thing that was guaranteed was, “nothing is guaranteed.”

  • Driving slower is the answer

    To the editor: Slow down, Mrs. Gallo. Your hyperbole-laden opinion regarding the inherent dangers of speed humps/bumps is nearly out of control and should be pulled over by the common-sense police and ticketed for reckless spinning in a residential zone.

    We, the residents of Carolina Shores, may be careless speeders, but we are not stupid, careless speeders.

  • Kids need a park more than dogs

    To the editor: I find it hard to believe a dog park seems to be so important, when our children who do not participate in organized sports have absolutely no place to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, etc.

    My grandson has to be driven 35 miles each way to skateboard in either Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is not the only one. There is no place in Shallotte for them to skate or bike.

    We have a beautiful park, terrific for soccer or baseball, a tennis court and a basketball court. No bikes or skates allowed. We desperately need someplace for teenagers.