• Republican Party survey responses go unheeded

    To the editor:

    At the beginning of 2015, we received a survey from the Republican Party asking for our thoughts about the state of the country. Since our survey responses went unheeded previously, I shared our views in a letter that the country is not only fiscally bankrupt but also bankrupt on many levels.

    We all have our major concerns dependent upon what is dearest to us; however, the chances of seeing a Republican president are slim. Hopefully, one of many candidates will shine.

  • Safety is first in summertime

    To the editor:

    It’s that time of year when all motorists should be advised that safety is first. Holden Beach is known as “the family beach,” so let’s keep it that way.

    Motorists: Please be considerate of bicycles, as they are legal and have to follow rules just as any motor vehicle does. During this busy holiday, everyone should slow down, be courteous and considerate of bicycles.

    Let’s have a fun and safe holiday and please do not drink and drive!

    P.J. Allen

    Holden Beach

  • Volunteers brighten small children’s lives

    It truly takes a generous person to offer time, a caring concern and a commitment to brighten the life of a small child.

    That is what our wonderful volunteers do once a month at our diaper giveaway event. These are moms helping moms from all walks of life, contributing items for the less fortunate by donating diapers, wipes, baby clothing and other needed items. These volunteers are special individuals.

  • Overspending of tax dollars has to stop

    To the editor:

    According to a column by Walter Williams in The (Wilmington) Star-News, three out of 10 whites and 7.2 out of 10 African-American children in our country are born to unwed mothers.

    Why are taxpayers paying for these children and their mothers (a high percentage of them) and the fathers are not? Our courts are not doing their job and the Department of Social Services is not doing theirs. Is it now morally right for this to happen?

  • Food inspectors needed

    To the editor:

    Americans are getting more and more of their food from overseas, but we are not inspecting nearly enough of it. Eighty percent of the shrimp and other seafood we get are now obtained from foreign sources, along with two-thirds of all the fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day.

    Despite these huge percentages, we inspect less than 2 percent of our food imports. We need more inspectors to keep our food supply safe from contaminated foreign food.

  • Pope wrongly accepts global warming as fact

    A widely accepted consensus of scientists holds that global warming is attributable in great measure to man-made activity.

    It appears Pope Francis has accepted this consensus as fact and because of it and other reasons, he proposed in his encyclical, Laudato Si, that mankind must accept and implement scriptural responsibility for God’s creation.

  • Many maybes for the lack of town park use

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council told you you wanted a park. So where are you?

    Other than the same folks sitting in their lawn chairs fishing, as they previously did when the site was in its natural setting, there has been hardly anyone ever there.

    Maybe you are upset at council for misinterpreting the park survey results and stuffing it with costly amenities you didn’t request. If you recall, the majority requested to save the live oak trees, nature trails, modest parking area and a restroom.

  • Make suicide prevention a national priority

    Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, and most suicides are a result of untreated mental illness.

    We know today that more research, advocacy and education can help prevent these needless deaths. Like so many others, I know about this personally, because in 2011 I lost my dad to suicide.

    For too long, suicide has been swept under the rug while families have been made to feel ashamed for losing a loved one to mental illness.

  • Good works are key to salvation

    To the editor:

  • Sunset Beach must address beach cabanas

    To the editor:

    With relatives in Calabash since the early ‘80s, we have been coming to Sunset Beach every year for 30 years. It’s a second home for us.

    We obviously have seen many changes over those years, good and bad, but the most egregious is the proliferation of commercial beach cabanas. An eyesore can be lived with, but when these are put up as early as 6 a.m. and not even used by many of the renters until 11 a.m. or later, they take up precious room on the beach, especially at high tide.