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Letters

  • Stats in letter make almost no sense

    To the editor:

    Regarding G.L. Herbin’s letter in the Aug. 14 edition: I did not get the point or understand the statistics in it. Herbin claimed 145 million folks draw a check each month from the government.

    In fact, 63 million receive an earned Social Security check and 12.8 million receive welfare checks, only 15 percent of which are Hispanic. Herbin also claims that there are only 85 million taxpayers in America these days, but in fact, in 2013, 139 million folks paid FICA taxes, which was only on 75 percent of wages paid in 2013.

  • Citizens, taxpayers deserve transparency, consideration

    To the editor:

    I write this letter to offer constructive criticism to the planning board or any other town board, committee, department or council and to provide information for Sunset Beach taxpayers. At the last planning board meeting (Aug. 7), I respectfully asked for more transparency in the posted agenda. The online agenda for that meeting did not list swimming pools as a topic, as well as other important items that were discussed.

  • Public school employees lose in state budget

    To the editor:

    Although GOP leaders claim that public school employees were winners in the 2014-15 budget fight, the fine print indicates that they were overall losers. About 3,300 teacher assistants will lose their jobs when funding is cut by $105 million. Many experienced teachers will lose their longevity pay and receive less than a 2 percent salary increase. Although it has been almost 10 years since new textbooks were purchased, the book allowance for the entire state will be $1 million — only 60 cents per student.

  • Democrats’ voters are welfare class

    To the editor:

    When the world and civilization needed a Charles Martel or Charlemagne and his paladins, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, what did the dependent, defective and delinquent class of voters elect? They elected the court jester and his band of clowns.

  • BFA thanks county residents for generosity

    To the editor:

    The residents of Brunswick County are to be commended for their outpouring of support for the Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) Back-to-School program.

  • Weighing in on last edition

    To the editor:

    My sincere opinions pertaining to the following articles in the Aug. 14 edition of the Beacon:

    Thank you for your column in regard to Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. I wholeheartedly agree with all you state.

    Chief Presiding Justice of Superior Court of Brunswick County Marion R. Warren has “proven beyond all reasonable doubt” that he is worthy to become an appellate presiding justice of the court in Raleigh. All residents of Brunswick County are fortunate to have him.

  • Canopies needed for cancer prevention

    To the editor:

    My family has been vacationing at Sunset Beach for more than two decades. I was surprised when I heard rumors during our July visit that tents on the beach may be prohibited in the future. As a dermatologist, I am distressed to hear this is being considered.

  • Becoming vegan reduces pollution

    To the editor:

    Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo, Ohio, residents was fouled by animal waste.

    With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Sunset Beach should take Twin Lakes gift

    To the editor:

    Anyone who has taken the short drive from Lakeshore Drive’s west to east end along N.C. 179 should be pleased with the beauty of Twin Lakes and the marsh bordering the Intracoastal Waterway.

    It is an asset to Sunset Beach and a draw for residents and tourists alike. The cleanliness of the lakes, especially East Lake, is outstanding. For 25 years, residents attempted to control the weed and algae growth and came close; under town management, it was controlled in one year.

  • County drivers ignore basic safety feature, state law

    To the editor:

    In the interests of public service, I’d like to point out an apparent omission from the Brunswick County edition of the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driving manual. There is, behind the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the steering column, a lever called a “turn signal indicator.” When depressed, it causes lights to flash, front and rear, on the left of the vehicle; when pushed upward, the same thing happens on the right side.